Australia Secure Victory Over Bangladesh in T20 WC Super Eight

Australia Secure Victory Over Bangladesh in T20 WC Super Eight

In a crucial Super Eight encounter of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup (WC), Australia triumphed over Bangladesh in a rain-affected match in Antigua, inching closer to the knockout stages.

Facing off at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, both teams were eager to start the second phase of the tournament on a high note. Australia ultimately emerged victorious in a game marked by a hat-trick, a swift half-century, and numerous rain delays.

Mitchell Starc set the tone early, dismissing Tanzin Hasan with the third delivery of the innings. This breakthrough allowed Starc to surpass Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga for the most wickets in Men’s World Cups across ODIs and T20Is.

Despite the early setback, Bangladesh quickly regained their footing. Liton Das and captain Najmul Hossain Shanto formed a solid partnership, propelling the Tigers to a competitive position.

Shanto smashed a massive six off Josh Hazlewood in the fourth over and continued to find the boundary, pushing Bangladesh to 39/1 by the end of the Powerplay.

Adam Zampa provided a key breakthrough, dismissing Das in the ninth over. Bangladesh found themselves at 67/3 at the innings’ midpoint after Rishad Hossain was out on the last ball before drinks. Zampa struck again, removing Shanto (41 off 36), intensifying the pressure on Bangladesh’s middle order.

Towhid Hridoy’s efforts helped Bangladesh reach 140/8, with Pat Cummins delivering a standout performance. Cummins claimed a hat-trick, ending with figures of 3/29 from his four overs. His hat-trick was the second by an Australian in T20 World Cup history, following Brett Lee’s in 2007, also against Bangladesh.

In response, Australian openers David Warner and Travis Head started aggressively. They raced past fifty runs within six overs, with Warner’s six concluding the Powerplay at 60/0. Rain interruptions briefly halted play, but Australia remained dominant.

Upon resumption, Bangladesh struck back, dismissing Head (31 off 21) and Mitchell Marsh quickly. However, Glenn Maxwell’s arrival alongside Warner turned the tide in Australia’s favor. The duo pushed the Aussies past 100 before another rain delay eventually led to the abandonment of the match.

Australia secured the win by 28 runs ahead of the par score, according to the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method. This victory places Australia and India in strong positions to advance to the knockout stage. Meanwhile, Bangladesh must now defeat both India and Afghanistan to keep their tournament hopes alive.

Australia’s performance in this match underscores their status as a formidable contender in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, showcasing their ability to deliver under pressure and adapt to challenging conditions.