Saturday 6 September 2008 

Australia Complete Clean Sweep With 73-Run Win

Australia 198-5 (M Hussey 57no, Marsh 30) beat
Bangladesh 125 (Tamim Iqbal 63, Hopes 3-30) by 73 runs
Third One Day International, Darwin. Australia win the series 3-0

Despite Bangladeshi opener Tamim Iqbal making the highest score in the match, Australia completed a 3-0 clean sweep by winning the third One Day International in Darwin by 73 runs.

Mike Hussey had top scored with an unbeaten 57 in Australia's uncharacteristically disjointed innings which included three run outs with Shaun Marsh the next best making 30.

Tamim blazed away from the top of the order but his team-mates were unable to keep their wickets intact, the next highest score being Shakib Al Hasan's 27 although when the pair were adding 60 together for the fourth wicket, chances of an upset win remained.

When Shakib was caught by Mike Hussey off of James Hopes, the tourists collapsed in familiar fashion to be bowled out for 125 after being 82 for three with Tamim the eighth man to fall when he was caught by Stuart Clark off of Shane Watson.

Hopes picked up three for 30 with Clark and Watson picking up two wickets apiece.

Australia won the first two matches by 180 runs and eight wickets respectively.

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