26th match, Cricket World Cup: David Warner’s 166 against Bangladesh sends Australia top
Australian opener David Warner’s 166 helped his side to a 48-run win over Bangladesh and that sent defending champions Australia top of the World Cup 2019 table and damaged Bangladesh’s chances of making the semi-finals. He received strong support from captain Aaron Finch (53) and left-hander Usman Khawaja (89), Australia had 2 partnerships of hundred.
Warner was dropped on 10 and he made his opposition pay for that by making a daddy hundred. This was 2nd century in this Cricket World Cup for the left-hander. He is now leading runs scorer of the tournament with 447 runs. David Warner is now the only player who has scored 150+ twice in World Cup matches.
From Bangladesh, Soumya Sarkar took 3-58 from his eight overs but by the time the 6th bowler came on, Australia had already benefited from plenty of poor balls from Bangladshi attack. Mohammad Saifuddin, who was ruled out with a back spasm, was an important missing from the attack.
Bangladesh have not helped their own cause when a chaotic mix-up between Tamim Iqbal and Soumya saw the latter run out by captain Aaron Finch’s direct hit from mid-on.
Shakib Al Hasan, the in form batsman from his side, who scored a match-winning hundred against West Indies, then got out for 41 when he chipped a Marcus Stoinis slower ball at mid-on to David Warner. Opner Tamim Iqbal played a good knock but was bowled Australia’s attack leader, Mitchell Starc for 62 and the left-arm fast bowler’s first ball to Liton Das saw the new batsman struck on the helmet by a bouncer.
Mushfiqur Rahim, who scored a super hundred, kept grinding out the runs with the hard-hitting aid of Mahmudullah but that did not help Bangladesh to cross the line either. Mitchell Starc along with Nathan Coulter-Nile and Marcus Stoinis took 2 wickets for Australia. David Warner named Player of the Match.
Bangladesh will play their next match against Table’s bottom side, Afghanistan on 24 June at Southampton, while Australia will meet for the next game with the most dangerous side, England on June 25 at London.