Well this match was certainly going to be a one sided affair for the Australian fans but only the ones who know how dangerous Bangladesh have been in the past 7-8 yrs can easily say that you can’t blindly repose your faith on Australia.
After opting to bat first at Trent Bridge, the Australian openers decimitated Bangladesh bowlers putting up 121 runs for the 1st wicket in the first 20 overs. Skipper Finch who scored 53 in process became the 1st batsman to cross 1000 ODI runs in calendar year 2019. On the other hand, David Warner who has been quite calculative throughout the campaign continued to play sensible cricket not trying to be aggressive on every ball which he faces. A change in his batting approach which most of the people must have noticed. David went on to score a thrilling 166 off 147 balls (16 fours, 5 sixes) laced with some trademark signature shots of his, this knock also became the highest score so far in World Cup’19. It was also good to see Usman Khwaja (89 off 72) playing some aggressive cricket to shut down his critics who accused him of being a test cricket batsman. Maxwell gave the finishing touch plonking bowlers for a quick 32 in mere 10 deliveries as Australia reached a big total of 381/5 in 50 overs. From the bowlers, there was nothing much to boast about apart from all-rounder Soumya Sarkar bowling a neat spell of 3/58 in 8 overs.
Chasing 382, the tigers did not gave up on their fighting spirit as opener Tamim Iqbal (62) and Shakib (41) laid the top order foundation for a decent fight. Yes a loss was inevitably on the cards but no one had expected the kind of fight which Bangladesh gave to the Australian bowlers. At one stage, Mahmudullah was hitting the bowlers so comfortably, it appeared for a moment that something magical and unbelievable may happen. The way Mushfiqur Rahim (102* off 97 balls) batted till the end and that match threatening partnership pf 127 runs with Mahmudullah for the 5th wicket literally scared the Australian bowlers to the hilt.
Bangladesh eventually reached a total of 333/8 in 50 overs as Australia won the match by 48 runs. David Warner for his fabulous knock of 166 was declared ‘man of the match’ However, it wasn’t the kind of win the Australians had expected! Bangladesh on the other side played some fantastic cricket, the kind of cricket which will keep ODI Cricket alive. Indeed, they have been one of the most passionate and most improved cricket teams of the 21st century!