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Twenty20 World Championship, 2007


Hapless Tigers mauled in Cape Town

16 September 2007

A timorous Bangladesh were completely outplayed by the world champion Australia in the super eight match at Newlands in Cape Town today (Sunday). After taming the Tigers for a meagre 123, Australia raced to an emphatic 9 wicket victory with 6.5 overs to spare.

Bangladesh were subdued by the controlled and intelligent bowling by the Aussie seamers and produced a lacklustre display which disappointed millions of fans both home and abroad.

 Hapless Tigers miawoed in Cape Town

Hapless Tigers mauled in Cape Town© Cricinfo

Putting into bat by Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting, Bangladesh adopted an approach that was in direct contrast to the one employed the previous evening against South Africa. The runway train which raced to 50 in 3.5 overs in the previous evening with blistering stroke play was kept quiet and the suicidal game plan didn't help Bangladesh either

The most frustrating part was the lack of intent shown by the Tigers who kept wickets intact for late onslaught and were duly miawoed by Brett Lee who recorded the first ever hattrick in Twenty20 international. The Tigers, often termed fearless by cricket pundits, showed no courage whatsoever to play positive strokes and surrendered without any sign of fight.

Bangladesh will play Sri Lanka in the second match of the super eight stage on 18 September in Johannesburg.


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