Posts Tagged ‘2nd ODI’

Marsh leads Australia to easy victory

September 3, 2008

Australia v Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, Darwin

Australia 2 for 118 (Marsh 69*) beat Bangladesh 117 (Johnson 3-17) by eight wickets


Dhiman Ghosh provided a few highlights for Bangladesh but his innings was short-lived

Bangladesh improved marginally but still lost by eight wickets in Darwin, where Australia’s bowlers set up an unassailable 2-0 series lead. Once again weighed down by batting lapses, Bangladesh struggled to 117 against an unforgiving attack and then found Shaun Marsh and his top-order colleagues equally merciless as they completed the chase within 23 overs.

They wrapped up the result by 2.45pm, a time when most one-day internationals in Australia have barely started. Marsh finished unbeaten on 69 and firmed as a permanent opener in the limited-overs outfit. His second half-century of the series featured powerful cuts and clips through leg and highlighted why his partner Shane Watson described him as the hardest hitter of “normal cricket shots” that Watson had witnessed.

The result was never in doubt after poor shot selection was again a problem for Bangladesh. Their bowlers were put in a no-win situation, although Shakib Al Hasan tried to make the most of it. He had Watson trapped lbw trying an expansive sweep on 29 and Michael Clarke stumped for 1 when his eyes lit up prematurely. As they did on Saturday, Marsh and Michael Hussey batted with calm assurance and the victory was complete.

It was all but confirmed before midday after Bangladesh tried to avoid another thrashing by batting first. Nathan Bracken and Mitchell Johnson did the important damage in the top order and Australia’s bowlers were spared a full day in the sun as Bangladesh sputtered out in the 37th over.

A late fight from Dhiman Ghosh helped them improve on their efforts of four days ago, when they capitulated for their lowest ODI total of 74 in 27.4 overs. But they were the sort of trivial steps forward that will do little to please the coach Jamie Siddons, who must again be lamenting the decision-making from several players.

Too many men lacked concentration and apart from a 38-run stand between Junaid Siddique and Shakib, they rarely looked like posting a challenging score. Dhiman showed some spark with his 36-ball 30 that featured consecutive sweeps for six and four over midwicket off Cameron White, but his departure in the next over was one of several unnecessary blunders from Bangladesh. Dhiman had nearly 20 overs up his sleeve when he tried to hammer Stuart Clark down the ground but lobbed it clumsily to mid off. From there the tail tried to resist but the outcome was inevitable and Johnson returned to finish the task, ending up with 3 for 17.

Dhiman was far from the only batsman who would regret the way he got out. Alok Kapali spooned a weak aerial drive to mid on when he was far from settled, and the captain Mohammad Ashraful again failed to lead by example. Ashraful’s loose drive at a fullish, wide Clark delivery resulted in a thick edge to first slip when he was on 3. It left Bangladesh at 3 for 15 and in danger of setting another record low score.

The Australia fast men did not make things easy, using the early 9.30am start to extract some impressive swing. Bracken picked up both openers, including Tamim Iqbal from the first ball of the game. Tamim received a pearler that angled in and then swung away, catching the edge of his bat and flying to David Hussey at second slip.

Bracken combined with the other Hussey brother, Michael, four overs later when Mehrab Hossain jnr prodded another outswinger to third slip and left his series tally at one run from 18 balls. The hordes of schoolchildren who gradually filtered in were in danger of missing the action until Shakib and Siddique threatened a fightback of sorts.

Shakib brought up the first boundary of the innings with a well-timed cover-drive off Bracken that finally gave Bangladesh reason to cheer. The pair attacked Johnson, whose speed troubled the batsmen on Saturday, and his first delivery was dispatched confidently through cover for four by Shakib, who also cut him high over point.

Siddique looked quietly confident and advanced calmly to drive James Hopes over mid on for four, and their partnership was growing impressively. But the familiar scenes returned when Johnson picked them both up within two overs, Siddique for 21 and Shakib for 19.

White got his wish of a lengthy spell and sent down seven overs, the most he has ever bowled in an ODI. Although he battled to pitch the ball on line at times, he collected two wickets and will again be searching for a decent stint in the final game.

There is not much else Australia can aim to improve. For Bangladesh, the most relevant goal is to somehow bat out their overs.

– About Cricket –

Sandesh Kumar Jaggi


Australia v/s Bangladesh 2nd ODI Scorecard

September 3, 2008


Bangladesh v/s Australia ODI Series – 2nd ODI

Australia v Bangladesh


Played at Marrara Cricket Ground, Darwin, on 3 September 2008 (50-over match)

Result Australia won by 8 wickets (with 164 balls remaining)

Bangladesh innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
  Tamim Iqbal c DJ Hussey b Bracken 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
  Mehrab Hossain jnr c MEK Hussey b Bracken 1 17 10 0 0 10.00
  Junaid Siddique wicketkeeperHaddin b Johnson 21 80 44 1 0 47.72
captain Mohammad Ashraful c White b Clark 3 9 7 0 0 42.85
  Shakib Al Hasan lbw b Johnson 19 64 43 3 0 44.18
  Alok Kapali c Watson b Hopes 2 19 9 0 0 22.22
Dhiman Ghosh c Watson b Clark 30 63 36 1 1 83.33
  Abdur Razzak c Clarke b White 9 33 26 1 0 34.61
  Mashrafe Mortaza wicketkeeperHaddin b Johnson 8 43 27 0 0 29.62
  Nazmul Hossain lbw b White 0 4 1 0 0 0.00
  Shahadat Hossain not out 6 19 13 1 0 46.15
      Extras (lb 8, w 10) 18
      Total (all out; 36.1 overs) 117 (3.23 runs per over)


Fall of wickets1-0 (Tamim Iqbal, 0.1 ov)2-9 (Mehrab Hossain jnr, 4.1 ov),3-15 (Mohammad Ashraful, 5.4 ov),4-53 (Junaid Siddique, 16.5 ov)5-57 (Shakib Al Hasan, 18.2 ov),6-59 (Alok Kapali, 19.5 ov),7-85 (Abdur Razzak, 26.6 ov)8-104 (Dhiman Ghosh, 31.2 ov),9-106 (Nazmul Hossain, 32.2 ov),10-117 (Mashrafe Mortaza, 36.1 ov)


 Bowling O M R W Econ
   NW Bracken 5 1 16 2 3.20 (2w)
   SR Clark 7 0 16 2 2.28 (1w)
   JR Hopes 7 2 16 1 2.28 (1w)
   MG Johnson 6.1 0 17 3 2.75 (2w)
   CL White 7 0 39 2 5.57 (3w)
   SR Watson 4 0 5 0 1.25 (1w)


Australia innings (target: 118 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
  SE Marsh not out 69 113 81 9 1 85.18
  SR Watson lbw b Shakib Al Hasan 29 64 33 3 0 87.87
captain MJ Clarke st wicketkeeperDhiman Ghosh b Shakib Al Hasan 1 9 4 0 0 25.00
  MEK Hussey not out 8 38 20 0 0 40.00
      Extras (lb 7, w 2, nb 2) 11
 Total (2 wickets; 22.4 overs; 113 mins) 118 (5.20 runs per over)


Did not bat JR HopesDJ HusseywicketkeeperBJ HaddinCL WhiteMG JohnsonNW BrackenSR Clark


Fall of wickets1-73 (Watson, 12.5 ov)2-79 (Clarke, 14.2 ov)


 Bowling O M R W Econ
   Mashrafe Mortaza 9 0 30 0 3.33 (1w)
   Shahadat Hossain 6 0 38 0 6.33 (2nb, 1w)
   Abdur Razzak 1 0 5 0 5.00  
   Shakib Al Hasan 6.4 0 38 2 5.70  
Toss Bangladesh, who chose to bat first
Series Australia led the 3-match series 2-0


– About Cricket – 

Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

Jayawardene: We were just a wicket away

August 21, 2008

Sri Lanka v India, 2nd ODI, Dambulla

‘We were just a wicket away’ – Jayawardene

Mahela Jayawardene believed 175 would have been a great score to defend on the pitch

It could very well have been Sri Lanka’s day had it not been for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and S Badrinath. At the post-match press conference, Mahela Jayawardene, the Sri Lankan captain, said their partnership took the game away and helped India square the series 1-1.

“When you are defending 142 you try to stop runs and pick up wickets. We tried different things and picked up wickets when we needed them,” Jayawardene said. “We were just one wicket away from making inroads into their tail but the partnership between Dhoni and Badrinath took the game away from us.

“The 60 runs they put together was the difference, they batted really well. In a situation like that you can’t do too many things. You have to stop the runs and attack as well, but it didn’t work for us today.”

He said 175 would have been a great score to defend. “That was our target, anything above would have been a great score,” he said. “We had to make sure we didn’t lose too many wickets upfront, keep wickets in hand and drag the game as much as possible. They bowled in very good areas and bowled really well in the beginning. They had picked four quick bowlers and we knew we had to get through the initial period but unfortunately we couldn’t do that.

Jayawardene said the batsmen had let his team down, after their bowlers had given them the series lead in the first ODI. “At the start of the series I said batting was the most important thing for us. We’ve got to put runs on the board,” he said. “We have good bowlers who can create opportunities, but to do that we need to be consistent with the bat. On a wicket like this you have to really struggle for your runs and work hard. But we didn’t dig in deep and fight really hard.”

He did not pin the blame on the pitch in Dambulla. “The wickets are very fresh here because you don’t play that much cricket throughout the year,” he said. “Whenever we play an international game the pitches always have something in it for the bowlers. You can’t complain. It’s a good challenge for the cricketers. There’s no point playing on really flat tracks and scoring 300 runs. We need to play on these kinds of wickets. It’s just that it does a little bit with the new ball and then settles in. Once you get in it’s a very good wicket to bat on. The ball comes nicely onto the bat and it’s got a bit of bounce.”

Jayawardene said Chaminda Vaas, who was rested for this game because of a hamstring injury, would be assessed before the third ODI in Colombo on Sunday. “After the first game he had a tight hamstring so we gave him a day off on Tuesday. We wanted to have a fitness test today morning but he still had the stiffness so we didn’t risk playing him in back-to-back games. We have the Champions Trophy coming up and we didn’t want him to pick up a serious injury.”

– About Cricket –

Sandesh Kumar Jaggi