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Australia Defeat Valiant Bangladesh In ICC World T20 Warm-up Thriller

By on June 2, 2009

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20 overs Australia 219 for 6 (Watson 52, Haddin 47, Mahmudullah 4-37) beat Bangladesh 181 for 7 (Shakib 54, Johnson 3-21) by 38 runs

Australia defeated Bangladesh by 34 runs in the opening warm-up game ahead of the start of the ICC World Twenty20 2009 in London on Monday.

Electing to bat first, Australia got off to a solid start with openers Shane Watson (52 in 23 balls) and Brad Haddin (47 in 29 balls) top-scoring for the side. The duo destroyed the Bangladeshi bowling attack before Mohammad Mahmudullah dismissed the pair with the score at 102. Mahmudullah finished with figures of 4-37. Michael Clarke kept the runs flowing with his 35 in 18 balls and Australia finished the innings at 219-6.

Bangladesh, facing a mammoth target ahead, opened briskly with Tamim Iqbal (21 in 9 balls) and skipper Mohammad Ashraful (26 in 24 balls) keeping the run-flow steady. Shakib al Hasan posted a brilliant half-century in 29 balls while Mahmudullah remained unbeaten at 31 in 25 balls. However, a tight bowling display by the Australians choked the Bangladeshi run chase and they fell short by 34 runs.

Mitchell Johnson was the pick of the bowlers for Australia with his spell of 3-21.

In the other warm-up match of the day, Ireland defeated the Netherlands in the Super Over after both sides were tied on the scorecard. Batting first, Netherlands posted 135-9 while Ireland posted 135-7 in the chase.

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