Leg-spinner Adam Zampa’s five-wicket haul and captain Aaron Finch’s stunning innings helped Australia reach the semi-finals by defeating Bangladesh by eight wickets with 82 balls to spare in the Super 12 Group A match of the ICC T20 World Cup here on Thursday. Keep hopes alive. Bangladesh’s innings was torn apart like a pack of cards. None of his batsmen could face the fast bowlers and spinners of Australia.
The net run rate of Australia is 1.031 and that of South Africa is 0.742. England are at the top of the group with eight from four matches. Zampa took five wickets for 19 runs in four overs. Apart from them, fast bowlers Mitchell Starc (2 for 21) and Josh Hazlewood (2 for 8) took four wickets while all-rounder Glenn Maxwell (1 for six) sent a batsman to the pavilion. Australia had a small target and Finch wanted to reach the target in the least number of overs to improve the net run rate.
They targeted Mustafizur. The Australian captain started with fours and sixes on this fast bowler and then hit a six in the next over as well. Warner also hit three fours in this over of Mustafizur. Finch hit two consecutive sixes on Taskin Ahmed but this fast bowler bowled him in the same over. Shoreful Islam slammed Warner but Mitchell Marsh (16 not out off five balls) took the team to the target soon after the powerplay. He hit the winning six in the deep midwicket area on Taskin.
For Bangladesh, only three batsmen Mohammad Naeem (17), captain Mahmudullah (16) and Shamim Hossain (19) reached double digits. His innings included seven fours and a six. Bangladesh were at one point struggling at 33 for five after a top-order collapse. Mahmudullah and Shamim raised hopes of a comeback midway. Meanwhile, Shamim also hit the only six of the innings on Zampa. After dismissing Shamim, Zampa dismissed Mahedi Hasan leg before the next ball. He had a chance for a hat-trick on the first ball of the next over but wicketkeeper Matthew Wade dropped the catch. Starc got Mahmudullah caught behind the wicket while Zampa took the remaining two wickets to end Bangladesh’s innings.