Australia have cantered to their first win of the World T20 in their final group match against host nation Bangladesh, reaching the moderate target of 154 with 15 balls to spare and seven wickets in hand.
The match was all but over midway through Australia’s second innings, as opening batsmen Aaron Finch and David Warner combined for 98-runs.
Earlier, a stirring partnership by Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim and star batsman Shakib Al Hasan provided the impetus to their side’s impressive 20 overs.
Rahim won the toss and elected to bat, as Australia boldly – or bizarrely – opted to go against the conventional wisdom of this World T20 in refusing to select a frontline spinner, James Muirhead dropped for Nathan Coulter-Nile, and Dan Christian at last getting a run in place of Brad Hodge.
Australian opener Chris Rogers has added his voice to the chorus of praise for his captain Michael Clarke’s courageous, career-defining century in the series-deciding Test match against South Africa in Cape Town.
Rogers, who heads to England next week to resume his own captaincy tenure with county team Middlesex, claimed Clarke virtually willed himself to a matchwinning century through the strength of his character as much as the quality of his strokeplay.
But the veteran opener is also keen to set the record straight on the details of the helping hand – or more precisely, the call to arms he answered – to ensure his skipper was able to continue his memorable innings after being battered and broken by South African hit man Morne Morkel.