In a Dead Rubber game played for gaining some prestige after three consecutive losses Australia easily beat Bangladesh at Shere Bangla National Stadium at Mirpur. Bangladesh set Australia a target of 154 with help of Shakib and Rahim’s heroics. Later Australia was given powerful start by Finch and Warner as they chased it down with a great ease with 15 balls to spare and won the match by 7 wickets.

Chasing a stiff total of 154, Australia got off to a flyer. With Aaron Finch and David Warner hammering the hosts’ bowlers the targt looked very less. Finch started his shown from the 1st over itself smashing Gazi for a four and Six. Warner on other went scored boundaries with reverse sweeps and switch hits. Finch brought up Australia’s 50 in 6th over where he hammered Shakib for 16 runs smashing him for 2 fours and a six. Warner welcomed Razzak with a six over square leg boundary. Later he smashed back to back sixers off Shakib both over mid-wicket. A half way stage they were 85/0 with another 69 needed.

Finch took again on Gazi smashing him for a Six and Four in 11th over. Finally Bangladesh got the break though in 12th over but it was too late. Warner got bowled by Al-Amin after scoring 48 off just 35 balls smashing 5 fours and 3 sixers. Warner put on 98 along with Finch for the opening wicket in just 68 balls. Finch on the other end continued as he smashed the debutant Taskin Ahmed for consecutive boundaries and brought up his fifty. Finch took on Mominul hitting him for four and six in 15 over. But on the 1st ball of 16th over he got out after scoring a well-made 71 off just 45 balls to Al-Amin courtesy of a brilliant dive catch by Nasir Hossain. Finch smashed 7 fours and 4 sixers in his knock. With 7 needing Maxwell fell to Taskir misreading a slow Yorker. But Captain Bailey completed the proceedings smashing a four and Six in the 18th over. Cameron White remained unbeaten on 18.

Earlier Bangladesh decided to bat after winning the toss. But Nathan Nile-Counter who came in place of Muirhead who proved out to be valuable as he seen the setbacks of both the openers. In his 1st over he dismissed Anamul for duck and in his 2nd over he removed Tamim Iqbal for 5. Losing the openers for just 13, Shakib and Captain Rahim rescued Bangladesh innings. They both took over the Australian bowling smashing them for boundaries. Their attack made sure the run rate went near to 8.

Shakib and Rahim put on 112 in just 78 balls for the 3rd wicket scoring at a rate of 8.5 per over. At 15 overs the Bangladesh were 116/2 and looked like to score anything over 165. But some tight death bowling from Aussies ensured they don’t reach even 160. The century stand ended in 17th over where Rahim got out for to Watson after scoring 47 off just 36 which included 5 fours and a six. In the next over Shakib Al Hasan fell to Bollinger after playing a superb innings off 66 off just 52 balls which included 5 fours and 3 huge sixers. A the end Bangladesh managed to score 153/5 in 20 overs.

Player of the Match: AJ Finch (Australia) – (71 off 45)

Scorecard: Australia: 158/3 in 17.3 overs (AJ Finch 71, DA Warner 48; Al-Amin Hossain 2/30, Taskin Ahmed 1/24) defeated Bangladesh: 153/5 in 20 overs (Shakib Al Hasan 66, Mushfiqur Rahim 47; NM Counter-Nile 2/17, SR Watson 1/25) by 7 wickets.

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