Australia Survive Scare To Knock Bangladesh Out
Australia 141-7 (M Hussey 47no, Shakib Al Hasan 2-24) beat
Bangladesh 114 (Nannes 4-18, D Hussey 2-8) by 27 runs
ICC World Twenty20 Group A, Barbados
Australia survived being reduced to 65 for six to beat Bangladesh by 27 runs and secure the passage of both themselves and Pakistan to the Super Eights of the ICC World Twenty20 in Barbados.
Mike Hussey led the recovery with an unbeaten 47 and he led his side to a score of 141 for seven, which they defended by bowling Bangladesh out for 114, Dirk Nannes taking four wickets and Hussey taking three catches.
Wickets tumbled throughout the game, starting when Shane Watson skied a pull and was caught by Aftab Ahmed off Mashrafe Mortaza for four.
David Warner (16), Michael Clarke (16), Brad Haddin (6) and David Hussey (9) all fell to catches as Bangladesh fielded well and when Cameron White was bowled by Shakib Al Hasan for eight, an upset was on the cards.
However, Hussey, in at number seven, stroked four fours and a six and with support from Steven Smith (27) steered Australia to a winning total despite Shakib returning two for 24 and Mortaza two for 28.
Bangladesh then failed to deal with Australia's pace attack, Shaun Tait delivering two maidens and Nannes carving through the batting.
Openers Imrul Kayes and Mohammad Ashraful failed to score and Australia bettered Bangladesh's impressive fielding display with an impeccable performance, Michael Hussey taking a superb diving catch on the boundary to dismiss Mushfiqur Rahim (24) off the bowling of his brother David.
When Mushfiqur was batting alongside Shakib, who made 28, Bangladesh still maintained hopes of victory but too often, a big hit for six was followed by a wicket as leg-spinner Smith and off-spinner David Hussey both grabbed a brace of wickets.
Ryan Harris, in the side as a replacement for the injured Mitchell Johnson, ended the game by bowling Mortaza for six to finish with one for 28.
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