2017 ICC Champions Trophy: Mitchell Starc Stars With Ball As Bangladesh Bundled Out On 182
Bangladesh was bundled out for 182 in 44.3 overs, as Australia require 183 to win in their second game of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy of Group A fixture.
On the bowling front, the left-arm pace sensation Mitchell Starc led from the front, as he claimed four wickets to make things difficult for Bangladesh on a surface which favoured batsmen in particular. Interestingly, Bangladesh lost their last four wickets which saw the addition of just one run when they were 181 for seven in 42.1 overs, as remarkable Starc claimed three wickets in the end.
The pace portent sent down 8.3 overs which saw him bowling two maidens, as he conceded 29 runs at an economy of 3.41. The rookie spinner Adam Zampa has been a revelation with the ball, as he has always been a wicket-taking option. He picked up two wickets after giving away just 13 runs in his four overs. Moreover, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Moises Henriques and Travis Head claimed wicket apiece.
The left-handed batsman Tamim Iqbal, who played another gem of an innings was five short when he was splendidly caught by Josh Hazlewood when he mistimed a pull shot. Iqbal smashed six boundaries and three sixes in his 114-ball 95-run knock. Playing some exquisite strokes, Tamim registered 43 singles, five doubles to rotate the strike and kept the scoreboard ticking, as he saw wickets falling at the other end.
Starc bowled Mehedi Hasan (14 off 26), followed by Bangladesh skipper Masharafe Bin Mortaza (0 of 2) and Rubel Hossain was dismissed on the very first ball he faced, as Mustafizur Rahman remained not out on one off four balls. The left-handed batsman Shakib Al Hasan was another top scorer for Bangladesh, who scored 29 off 48 balls before he was trapped in front by Adam Zampa.
It is pertinent to note, Shakib posted 69 runs for the fourth wicket after Bangladesh was reeling at 52 for three in 16.2 overs.
Wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim (9 off 20 balls), who was given out by Nigel Llong trudged off the ground, as the replays suggested there were two noises when Moises Henriques delivery hits his pad.
Sabbir Rahman was caught by Steven Smith on the bowling of Adam Zampa before Mahmdullah Riyad was bowled by former after scoring eight off 11 deliveries. Earlier, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza won the toss and elected to bat first against Australia in the Group A fixture at The Oval on Monday.
While batting first Bangladesh had a slow start which saw left-handed batsman Soumya Sarkar caught by wicket-keeper Matthew Wade on the bowling of Josh Hazlewood.
Sarkar, who was struggling to rotate the strike early on, was sent back to the pavilion on three off 11 balls when Bangladesh was 22 for one in 5.2 overs. In 10.2 overs, the left-handed batsman Imrul Kayes was dismissed by Pat Cummins when Aaron Finch completed a simple catch. He scored six off 16 balls.
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