Australia made light work of Bangladesh to secure a consolation victory at the World Twenty20 in Dhaka, winning by seven wickets.
Bangladesh chose to bat first, and fired by a partnership worth 112 runs between Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim they posted 153-5 in their 20 overs.
But Australia responded with an opening stand of 98 between Aaron Finch and David Warner, and reached the total with 15 balls to spare.
|Tamim Iqbal||c Bollinger||b Coulter-Nile||5||16||11|
|A Haque||c Watson||b Coulter-Nile||0||8||6|
|Shakib||c Maxwell||b Bollinger||66||72||52|
|Mushfiqur Rahim||c Maxwell||b Watson||47||57||36|
|Nasir Hossain||b Starc||14||11||10|
|Extras||2nb 7w 2b 4lb||15|
|Total||for 5||153||(20.0 ovs)|
|Finch||c Nasir Hossain||b Al-Amin||71||63||45|
|Maxwell||b Taskin Ahmed||5||5||3|
|Extras||0nb 2w 0b 3lb||5|
|Total||for 3||158||(17.3 ovs)|
It was only pride that was at stake for both teams, with neither able to reach the semi-finals going into their final group game.
Accordingly, there were changes for both sides, with Taskin Ahmed, just shy of his 19th birthday, making his Bangladesh debut.
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It looked like Australia would race to victory when Nathan Coulter-Nile struck twice early in the contest to remove Anamul Haque and Tamim Iqbal, but that brought skipper Mushfiqur and his predecessor Shakib to the middle.
Shakib in particular was scintillating, his 66 from 52 balls including three maximums. And with runs on the board and a spin-heavy attack, it looked as if Bangladesh had a chance of defending their total.
But the underperforming Australian openers clicked into gear for their final game.
Finch and Warner were strong against pace and spin alike, getting on top of the target early.
Bangladesh were left to rue their luck as well—Sohag Gazi, for instance, drew an edge from Finch that was held by Mushfiqur, but inexplicably it was not given out.
Warner departed soon after, but Finch powered on to 71 from just 44 balls, holing out with the end of the chase in sight.
Taskin picked up a wicket—that of Glenn Maxwell—on what was an encouraging debut, but the defeat was a formality, and Bangladesh have plenty to ponder after five straight defeats at their own tournament, including one to minnows Hong Kong.
Australia, meanwhile, avoided a total embarrassment at the World T20, but with three defeats in four matches, not a great deal more.