Australia comfortably defeated Bangladesh by three wickets in their ICC World T20 Group 2 encounter in Bengaluru on Monday. The Aussies won the toss and inserted the Tigers. They had a slow start scoring just two runs in their first over and losing Soumya Sarkar (1) in the second when he hit one straight to point to leave them 2/1.
Sabbir Rahman joined Mohammad Mithun (23) and put on a healthy partnership before Rahman (12) hoicked one straight up to be caught by James Faulkner (0/26) at mid-on. Mithun and Shakib Al Hasan hung around at the crease and took their side past the 50-mark before Mithun fell victim to Adam Zampa (3/23) picking out the fielder at midwicket to leave his side on 62/3. Shuvagata Hom joined Shakib at the crease but could only manage 13 runs before he was back in the hut with the score on 74/3.
Mohammad Mahmudullah and the established batsman took their side past the 100-mark with a decent partnership before the latter departed for 33. Mahmudullah (49 not out) and Mushfiqur Rahim (15 not out) saw their side to 156/5 at the end of their 20 overs. In reply the Baggy Greens started well putting together some meaningful partnerships between Shane Watson and Usman Khawaja as well as Steve Smith and Khawaja.
These partnerships lasted a total of 67 balls before Watson (21) and Smith (14) departed leaving their side on 95/2. The Australian opener brought up his maiden T20 half century and added a further six runs before he was dismissed by Al Amin Hossain. David Warner chipped in with 17 runs before he was caught and bowled by Shakib.
Glen Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh (6) added a further 16 runs before the latter was caught at point off a leading edge to leave their side on 148/6. Maxwell followed four balls later after he charged one from Shakib and was stumped by Rahim and the new batsman John Hastings could only manage three runs off the four deliveries he faced off Sarkar before he was back in the hut with the Australians on 152/7.
Faulkner (5 not out) struck the winning runs with nine balls remaining as they ran out victors by three wickets to record their first win of the tournament.