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ICC T20 World Cup, AUS vs BAN: Australia thrashes Bangladesh by 8 wickets

Australia romped to victory in just 6.2 overs with Aaron Finch (40 off 20) leading from the front.

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Australia beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in a Super 12 match of the T20 World Cup at Dubai International Stadium on Thursday.

Australia romped to victory in just 6.2 overs with (40 off 20) leading from the front.


Earlier, Adam Zampa registered best-ever figures for an Australian bowler in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup as Australia skittled out Bangladesh for just 73 in a Group 1 match at the Dubai International Stadium today. Apart from Zampa's 5/19, (2/21), Josh Hazlewood (2/8) and (1/6) were other wicket-takers for Australia.

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Inserted into batting first, Australia were all over Bangladesh from the word go and never let the pressure boil down. Litton Das chopped on to his stumps off on third ball of the innings. In the next over, was dismissed in the similar manner as Das, off Josh Hazlewood. Bangladesh's problems increased as was trapped lbw by .

Mohammad Naim collected two fours off while captain cracked back-to-back boundaries off Starc in the fifth over. Naim had hit Hazlewood for a four in the start of the final over of Power-play. But on the third ball of the innings, he pulled a short ball to mid-wicket.

Leg-spinner Adam Zampa was rewarded with a wicket on his first ball post Power-play as Afif Hossain nicked to first slip. Though Shamim Hossain slog-swept Starc and Zampa for a four and six respectively, he couldn't do much, nicking behind to keeper off Zampa in 11th over. Zampa had his second wicket of the over as Mahedi Hasan was rapped in from stumps.

Skipper brought Starc back in the 13th over, a move which took out Mahmudullah, the last recognised batter, strangled down leg with keeper Wade diving to his left to complete the catch. Though Wade dropped the catch on Zampa's hat-trick ball, it didn't cost Australia much as Zampa dismissed and Shoriful Islam in three balls to bring Bangladesh's misery to an end with five overs remaining.

 
With four losses in as many games, Bangladesh are out of the tournament but Australia remain very much in the semifinals race after two wins in three games.

 
Australia vs Bangladesh playing 11

Australia playing 11: David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
 
Bangladesh playing 11: Mohammad Naim, Liton Das(w), Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah(c), Afif Hossain, Shamim Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, .

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Australia’s semifinal qualification chances
 
Because of Australia's low NRR, it will be tough for them to catch South Africa if both finish on six points: if Australia wins a game by 60 runs and loses another by one run, the Kangaroos will still need South Africa to lose to England by at least 32 runs to go past them on NRR (assuming the team batting first scores 160 each time).
 
It will be difficult for Australia to win if there is a three-way tie at eight points. Even if South Africa wins by one run, Australia would have to win by a total of 92 runs in both games to surpass South Africa's NRR. As a result, Australia's best chance is to win its final two games and hope England defeats South Africa.
 
Here are the squads of both the teams:
 
Australia Squad: David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade(w), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, Kane Richardson, Mitchell Swepson, Josh Inglis.

Bangladesh Squad: Mohammad Naim, Liton Das(w), Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah(c), Afif Hossain, Shamim Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Nasum Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Nurul Hasan, Rubel Hossain

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