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22nd Match, Super 10 Group 2 (N), Bengaluru, March 21, 2016, World T20
(18.3/20 ov, T:157) 157/7

Australia won by 3 wickets (with 9 balls remaining)

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"Don't know about that, we made it difficult at the end and Bangladesh bowled quite well in the middle overs. it was about the top four going on and get a not out and making it more clinical. We haven't been good enough in the middle overs," says Smith. "We've had a bit of travel, but its not an excuse. Pakistan and India play well in these conditions and we have to do better. They're different, the pitches weren't like this in the IPL. Our players have to adapt better."

"First six overs was crucial, we knew this ground was high-scoring. Our fielding and bowling could have been better. Mahmudullah played really well, Mithun and Shakib too," says Mashrafe, "Two losses in a row, but we have two matches left and we'll see what happens"

10.50 pm That become quite tense, but a couple of mishaps in the field could not have come at a more opportune time for Australia. They will take a three-wicket victory and stay alive in the World T20, but their performance tonight, barring a hugely impressive Usman Khawaja, still demands introspection. Bangladesh, as well, had their chances, but tossing the debutant Sajib an over with 30 odd runs to get broke the game open. It seemed like Mashrafe wanted to get his overs done with when the pressure was lesser. Then there was also the instance when he couldn't go for a catch that was his, he bowled only one over too. Some questions over the Bangladesh captain. But Mustafiz' cutters turned things interesting, Shakib chipped in as well and pace off the ball provided a lot of problems. In the end, batting down to No. 10 helped Australia survive.

"Nice to make a bit of a difference. After a disappointing loss to New Zealand, nice to get the the tournament rolling. Playing in the BBL, 80,000 people, I'm used to it. I've played three or four games here now, its a learning curve. Just getting used to the length and the pace and to different players and their areas. We've had a bit of travel, off to Mohali now and we'll be there for a week, that'll be nice," says Man of the Match Adam Zampa

Amrit: "I just couldn't imagine this. It seemed both were desperately trying to loose. The most desperate team lost."

Sajib to Faulkner, FOUR runs

oooh, gifts them a short ball and Faulkner cracks it through the covers, that's the victory

Sajib to Faulkner, no run

pitched on leg and rips across to off stump. Even Faulkner is very nervous. Barely managed to block that

Sajib to Nevill, 1 run

flighted delivery on middle, driven to long-off for a simple single

Five from 12 with Faulkner and Nevill together. Loads of time being taken to set the field.Slip has been placed. Third man and fine leg are up.

Kynan: "This is absolutely dreadful by Australia. They will win this game, but this does not inspire confidence when they face India and Pakistan. Shows their inexperience."

end of over 184 runs • 2 wickets
AUS: 152/7CRR: 8.44 RRR: 2.50
James Faulkner1 (1b)
Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-27-3
Mustafizur Rahman 4-0-30-2
Shakib to Hastings, OUT

slogged.... right down deep midwicket's throat. Shakib is barely doing anything. He's just bowling slow and inviting the mistake and Hastings obliged

John Hastings c Soumya Sarkar b Shakib Al Hasan 3 (4b 0x4 0x6 4m) SR: 75
Shakib to Hastings, 2 runs

bad throw from the deep. Australia are trying to make things interesting, but Bangladesh keep letting it slip away. Hastings flicks one through to deep square leg and then greedily comes back for a second. He might well have been dismissed had the throw not come at a half-volley for Mushfiqur to pick up

Shakib to Faulkner, 1 run

moves back and clips it through square leg

Shakib to Hastings, 1 run

dropped by Al-Amin in the covers! That was regulation. Hastings was reaching for the ball and fails to keep it down. All Al-Amin had to do was move a little bit to his left to snap it up.

Shakib to Hastings, no run

flighted on off stump, defended.

John Hastings comes in ahead of Peter Nevill

Shakib to Maxwell, OUT

there was no reason for such ballistics. Maxwell had already pushed Australia ahead in the contest in the last over. Now he charges out at Shakib's first ball, goes for a wild heave and is stumped. Kicks the turf as he walks off

Glenn Maxwell st †Mushfiqur Rahim b Shakib Al Hasan 26 (15b 2x4 2x6 21m) SR: 173.33

Adi: "What is this? the moment we start believing the next moment we're not.... T20 plays with people's emotions a lot "

Shihab: "For all the talk about Bangladesh's spinners, Shakib, Mahumudullah and Sajib, all went for 8 an over or more. That'll be the difference between two teams."

end of over 1713 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 148/5CRR: 8.70 RRR: 3.00
Glenn Maxwell26 (14b 2x4 2x6)
James Faulkner0 (0b)
Mustafizur Rahman 4-0-30-2
Saqlain Sajib 3-0-35-0
Mustafizur to Maxwell, 1 run

that was the cutter on leg stump, Maxwell goes for the pull and gets it off the toe end of the bat

Mustafizur to Maxwell, SIX runs

but when it is at normal pace, it keeps sitting up! Maxwell presents a straight bat and extends his elbows so it carries over long-on

Mustafizur to Maxwell, no run

returns to the cutter and rips Maxwell open. Gripped into the pitch on a good length outside leg and sashayed past the outside edge

Mustafizur to Maxwell, SIX runs

phew! That's a top stroke from Maxwell. It seems to be the one at his normal pace, and it was on leg stump too, Maxwell flicks it away

Mustafiz v Faulkner now... but he's at the other end... Bangladesh will be believing again

Mustafizur to Marsh, OUT

gone now! And its the cutter again! Marsh couldn't get anything on the last one, this time he gets a leading edge while prodding from the crease. It leaps up, Shakib at point runs back to track it down. Good, pressure catch.

Mitchell Marsh c Shakib Al Hasan b Mustafizur Rahman 6 (6b 1x4 0x6 10m) SR: 100
Mustafizur to Marsh, no run

pitches outside leg, drifts right over off stump! That could easily have uprooted Marsh's stumps. He was feeling for the ball, but the cutter defeated him

shanthosh: "what exactly is Mortaza's role here, apart from captaining?" ---- He tried to get Sajib done with before things got tight, but the damage in that over has forced him to go to Mustafiz now, for his last over

end of over 1614 runs
AUS: 135/4CRR: 8.43 RRR: 5.50
Glenn Maxwell13 (10b 2x4)
Mitchell Marsh6 (4b 1x4)
Saqlain Sajib 3-0-35-0
Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-23-1
Sajib to Maxwell, FOUR runs

and that completes a terrible over. A loopy old full toss has been crashed to the cover boundary

nag: "why not give mustafizur and al-amin to make it as tight as possible and take it to last over, rather than giving it to sajib and lose the control...undoing all the good work done in last 3-4 overs"

Sajib to Marsh, 1 run

drilled towards mid-off for a single

Sajib to Marsh, FOUR runs

power works again. Marsh was on the back foot, waiting to read the spinner off the deck, and then punches it through the covers. The fielder in the deep parries the ball to the rope off a bit of a bad bounce

Sajib to Maxwell, 1 run

sliced away to the man sweeping on the off side boundary

Sajib to Maxwell, FOUR runs

simple batting. it's a poor ball - short and wide - so Maxwell backed away and cut it. The next thing he concentrated on was placing the ball through the cap at extra cover.

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