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Bangladesh in Australia, 2008


Australia complete series clean sweep

6 September 2008

Tamim Iqbal produced the finest innings of the day and earned the man of the match award but could not prevent yet another heavy defeat as Bangladesh were bundled out for 125 inside 30 overs and 74 runs short of the winning target. With this win Australia eased to 3-0 clean sweep leaving Bangladesh winless in the last 20 ODIs played against top oppositions.

Tamim scored 63 runs from 69 deliveries and Shakib Al Hasan gave him a brief support witbh a 29 ball 27, but the rest of the batsmen combinedly contributed only 27 runs as wickets were regularly gifted away in ignominous fashion. The mode of dismissal of skipper Mohammad Ashraful and Alok Kapali is so baffling that the question must be asked about the team planning or batting policy if there is any.

Earlier, Australian skipper Michael Clarke won the toss and opted to bat first on a slow wicket. Bangladeshi bowlers bowled with discipline and made the life of Aussie batsmen difficult as they struggled for run. The spinners bowled in impeccable line to restrict the run flow and the pressure resulted in three run outs. Australia finally battled to 198 for 5 in the stipulated 50 overs with Michael Hussey scripting another rescue act with a 72 ball 57.

Bangladesh's performance at international cricket plummeted since the new coach Jamie Siddons took charge of the team on October last year. He must be running out of ideas to lift the game of his boys and must do something immediately before the credential of Bangladesh cricket is completely lost.


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