Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Adam Zampa stars in Australia's facile win. Zampa picked up 5/19
Zampa picked up 5/19
A ruthless all-round performance headlined by Adam Zampa's maiden five-wicket haul helped Australia thrash Bangladesh in Dubai on Thursday (November 4). The massive win, achieved with 82 balls to spare, gave Australia's NRR a huge push which could come in handy in the end to determine the two semifinalists from the group.
Bangladesh lose the contest in the powerplay
The result was pretty much a foregone conclusion the moment Bangladesh made an awful start with the bat in the powerplay. Liton Das was bowled by a Mitchell Starc yorker in the first over of the contest and Josh Hazlewood struck in his first over as well at the other end. Glenn Maxwell joined the party in the third over of the innings to make it 3 in 3 for Australia as he trapped Mushfiqur Rahim leg-before-wicket. Hazlewood then added to Bangladesh's woes by getting rid of Mohammad Naim who looked in decent touch prior to his dismissal. Having just fetched a boundary, Naim mistimed a short ball to leave Bangladesh dangling at 33/4 at the end of the powerplay.
Was there any recovery?
Not at all. In fact, the very first delivery after the powerplay also resulted in a wicket as Zampa joined the queue of bowlers who struck in their opening over. Afif Hossain edged a googly to first slip before Shamim Hossain struck a couple of boundaries to guide Bangladesh past 50. Just when it looked like a partnership was brewing, Zampa struck again, this time twice in consecutive deliveries to cripple the opposition.
From agony to ecstasy
Finch then sensed a real chance to put an end to Bangladesh's misery and brought Starc back into the attack. The pace spearhead responded in style by getting rid of the Bangladesh skipper who was strangled down the leg side. Zampa, who had a chance to pick up a rare hat-trick, saw Matthew Wade grass an easy opportunity behind the stumps when Taskin Ahmed edged behind. However, Zampa put the disappointment behind him quickly by adding to his tally with Mustafizur Rahman hitting one straight to long on before ending the innings with another one – his fifth of the game.
Gone in 38 deliveries
Knowing they can overtake South Africa's NRR if they chase down the target of 74 in 8.1 overs, Australia went all guns blazing as expected. Finch was the aggressor among the two as he picked Mustafizur for some special treatment. The left-arm pacer, who returned to the XI for this contest, was taken apart for four boundaries and two sixes as Australia raced to 44 in four overs. The skipper was in the mood to get the job inside the powerplay as he took on Taskin for successive sixes as well before losing his off stump in his attempt to go for the third. Even though David Warner met the same fate in the following over, the returning Mitchell Marsh finished proceedings immediately after the powerplay.
Brief scores: Bangladesh 73 in 15 overs (Adam Zampa 5-19, Josh Hazlewood 2-8) lost to Australia 78/2 in 6.2 overs (Aaron Finch 40; Shoriful Islam 1-9) by 8 wickets