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Australia earn clean sweep over Bangladesh

September 6, 2008

Australia v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Darwin

Australia 5 for 198 (M Hussey 57*) beat Bangladesh 125 (Tamim 63, Hopes 3-30) by 73 runs


Michael Hussey, the Player of the Series, registered an important half-century that kept Australia ahead of the committed tourists

Tamim Iqbal’s one-man entertainment show was not enough to turn Darwin into Cardiff as Australia wrapped up a 3-0 cleansweep with a 73-run victory over Bangladesh. Tamim mastered the slow surface better than anyone had all week. He showed more flair than Australia’s key man Michael Hussey but only two of Tamim’s colleagues reached double figures and three wickets to James Hopes led to a familiar result.

Bangladesh were chasing 199, which despite their batting woes on this tour looked like a vaguely feasible target. When Tamim lashed the likes of Hopes and Mitchell Johnson there were some nervous flutters from Michael Clarke, who was part of the team when Bangladesh upset Australia in Cardiff in 2005.

Several facets of Bangladesh’s game came together on this occasion: Tamim was on fire, their spinners bowled terrifically tightly and their fielding was sharp. Again, the disappointment was the rest of their batting as several men threw their wickets away unnecessarily. It was all the more frustrating for Bangladesh this time because, the way Tamim was playing, they had a genuine chance.

He made their first half-century of the series and finished with 63, skying a catch off Shane Watson as he ran out of colleagues. He ended up with more than half of his team’s 125 and the Man-of-the-Match award. Tamim was so enthusiastic that one attempted pull off Hopes finished with the bat flying halfway to the square-leg umpire after he failed to connect with the ball.

More often he did make powerful contact. A cracking drive for four over mid-on from Hopes was followed next ball by a cleanly-struck six to the same spot. But Hopes easily got through the defences of Mahmudullah and trapped Dhiman Ghosh lbw, having already removed Tamim’s most important partner, Shakib Al Hasan.

Shakib had batted well for 27, although he was dropped at third man on 14. His luck ran out when he tried to pull Hopes but failed to connect properly and lobbed a catch to Michael Hussey at midwicket. It was the end of Bangladesh’s best stand of the series and, as it turned out, the end of their chances. The pair had led a good recovery after the top order stumbled to 3 for 22.

Mohammad Ashraful fell to an awful piece of batting for the third time in the series. As the captain and arguably best batsman in a young side, his approach in the middle must be a major concern for the coaching staff. They had 50 overs to score 199. What they needed from this innings, as they have through the whole series, was patience and concentration. Instead Ashraful showed no application. He had 3 on the board when he drove Stuart Clark in the air with no real control and was taken by Michael Clarke at point.

Before wandering off the Marrara Cricket Ground, Ashraful stood for a moment and looked down the pitch, seemingly wondering what had gone wrong. He had not learned from his mistake from Clark’s previous ball, when he drove in the air straight to cover, where Hopes spilled what he should have taken.

Just as bad was Alok Kapali’s brain explosion as he tried to pull a Johnson ball that was nowhere near short enough and lost his off stump as a result. Clark had already accounted for Junaid Siddique with a nasty bouncer that was fended to first slip. Bangladesh really needed to take note of the way Hussey, the Player of the Series, had batted to nudge Australia to 5 for 198.

His painstaking unbeaten 57 ensured a competitive total despite the strong efforts of Bangladesh in the field. He struck a couple of boundaries towards the end but for most of the innings concentrated solely on batting out the overs, something Bangladesh failed to do in any of the three ODIs.

Scoring was tough for Australia. Eye of the Tiger blared over the PA system and it was a prescient choice as a sharp Bangladesh threw down the stumps several times. Such was Australia’s trouble finding gaps, particularly against the spin of Shakib and Abdur Razzak, that they started taking suicidal singles.

Shane Watson (27) did not trust Clarke’s call and his hesitation cost him when Mashrafe Mortaza and Ghosh combined to find him short. Clarke himself was stranded out of his ground when he bunted to the off side, hared for a run and watched as Kapali’s throw shattered the stumps.

David Hussey fell in similar fashion when Ashraful at mid-off was accurate, although the one they needed to get was the one they missed. When Michael Hussey had 6 he scampered through for a run and was well short when the throw narrowly passed by. Bangladesh can only dream of what might have happened had the shy hit.

As it was they tied Australia up impressively. No boundaries came off the bat between the 14th and 42nd overs. By the close of Australia’s innings, Bangladesh’s confidence had lifted appreciably. If only their batsman had done the same.


Australia v/s Bangladesh 3rd ODI Scorecard

September 6, 2008
Bangladesh in Australia ODI Series – 3rd ODI
Australia v Bangladesh
2008 season
Played at Marrara Cricket Ground, Darwin, on 6 September 2008 (50-over match)

Result Australia won by 73 runs

Australia innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
SE Marsh b Farhad Reza 30 45 36 4 0 83.33
SR Watson run out (Mashrafe Mortaza/wicketkeeperDhiman Ghosh) 27 113 44 2 0 61.36
captain MJ Clarke run out (Alok Kapali) 25 75 66 0 0 37.87
MEK Hussey not out 57 126 72 2 1 79.16
DJ Hussey run out (Mohammad Ashraful) 11 35 27 0 0 40.74
wicketkeeper BJ Haddin c Alok Kapali b Abdur Razzak 16 45 31 1 0 51.61
CL White not out 22 36 24 1 1 91.66
Extras (lb 1, w 9) 10
Total (5 wickets; 50 overs; 235 mins) 198 (3.96 runs per over)
Did not bat JR Hopes, MG Johnson, NW Bracken, SR Clark
Fall of wickets1-41 (Marsh, 8.1 ov), 2-84 (Watson, 23.5 ov), 3-87 (Clarke, 25.3 ov), 4-111 (DJ Hussey, 34.4 ov), 5-150 (Haddin, 43.1 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Mashrafe Mortaza 10 0 55 0 5.50 (1w)
Shahadat Hossain 6 0 37 0 6.16 (2w)
Farhad Reza 10 0 43 1 4.30 (2w)
Shakib Al Hasan 10 0 25 0 2.50
Abdur Razzak 10 1 22 1 2.20
Mahmudullah 4 0 15 0 3.75
Bangladesh innings (target: 199 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
Tamim Iqbal c Clark b Watson 63 126 69 5 1 91.30
Junaid Siddique c White b Clark 0 8 6 0 0 0.00
captain Mohammad Ashraful c Clarke b Clark 3 14 9 0 0 33.33
Alok Kapali b Johnson 0 6 3 0 0 0.00
Shakib Al Hasan c MEK Hussey b Hopes 27 54 29 5 0 93.10
Mahmudullah b Hopes 1 11 6 0 0 16.66
wicketkeeper Dhiman Ghosh lbw b Hopes 1 11 4 0 0 25.00
Farhad Reza c DJ Hussey b Watson 0 7 6 0 0 0.00
Abdur Razzak b DJ Hussey 14 36 36 0 1 38.88
Mashrafe Mortaza not out 8 28 11 1 0 72.72
Shahadat Hossain absent hurt
Extras (b 2, lb 2, w 4) 8
Total (all out; 29.5 overs; 155 mins) 125 (4.18 runs per over)
Fall of wickets1-2 (Junaid Siddique, 1.6 ov), 2-13 (Mohammad Ashraful, 5.1 ov), 3-22 (Alok Kapali, 6.3 ov), 4-82 (Shakib Al Hasan, 16.4 ov), 5-96 (Mahmudullah, 18.5 ov), 6-98 (Dhiman Ghosh, 20.2 ov), 7-99 (Farhad Reza, 21.4 ov), 8-103 (Tamim Iqbal, 23.1 ov), 9-125 (Abdur Razzak, 29.5 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
NW Bracken 6 1 19 0 3.16 (1w)
SR Clark 5 1 12 2 2.40 (1w)
MG Johnson 4 0 36 1 9.00 (1w)
DJ Hussey 4.5 0 16 1 3.31
JR Hopes 5 1 30 3 6.00 (1w)
SR Watson 5 0 8 2 1.60

Toss Australia, who chose to bat first
Series Australia won the 3-match series 3-0

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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

Australia v/s Bangladesh 3rd ODI Preview

September 5, 2008

Australia v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Darwin

Match facts

Australia want to wrap up the series as comfortably as possible after thrashing Bangladesh in the first two games © AFP

Saturday, September 6, 2008
Start time 9.30am (local)

The Big Picture

Australia have wrapped up the three-match series by winning the first two matches but it is the one-sided nature of those games that is the biggest concern for Bangladesh. The first was decided by 180 runs, the second by eight wickets. Bangladesh made 74 in the opening game and 117 on Wednesday. The captain Mohammad Ashraful was critical of his side and said it was a much better team than the results reflected, although the men lacked confidence against the world’s top team. Bangladesh will be aiming for a competitive effort to finish the series. For Michael Clarke, the goals are not only to win but also to give some of Australia’s lesser-known players a chance to shine.

ODI form guide

Australia – WWWWW (most recent first)
Bangladesh – LLLLL

Team news

Australia’s desire to make absolutely certain of a 3-0 result means they are unlikely to tinker with their best eleven. In any case, they have little choice. Brett Geeves is the only man who could potentially come in, having picked up two wickets on debut in the opening game.

Australia (possible) 1 Shane Watson, 2 Shaun Marsh, 3 Michael Clarke (capt), 4 Michael Hussey, 5 David Hussey, 6 Brad Haddin (wk), 7 Cameron White, 8 James Hopes, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Nathan Bracken, 11 Stuart Clark.

A few players showed promising signs in the second match. Dhiman Ghosh’s lower-order striking was briefly entertaining and Junaid Siddique and Shakib Al Hasan held off the Australia attack for some time. With Raqibul Hasan unavailable due to his broken thumb their batting options are limited and the same top order might be retained.

Bangladesh (possible) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Mehrab Hossain jnr, 3 Junaid Siddique, 4 Mohammad Ashraful (capt), 5 Shakib al Hasan, 6 Alok Kapali, 7 Dhiman Ghosh (wk), 8 Mashrafe Mortaza, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Nazmul Hossain, 11 Shahadat Hossain.

Watch out for …

Nathan Bracken Did the top-order damage on Wednesday with some excellent swing bowling. If Bangladesh bat first again he could the man to make quick inroads into their line-up. Appears comfortable as the leader of an attack missing Brett Lee and his consistency and accuracy continue to make up for his lack of genuine speed.

Shakib Al Hasan One of the few men to have shown impressive glimpses in both games, Shakib showed some much-needed patience in compiling 19 in the second match. His dismissal came from a good Mitchell Johnson inswinger rather than a loose stroke and Bangladesh will be hoping he can again be composed on Saturday. His left-arm spin has been just as important and he has four wickets, including the cheap removal of Clarke in both games.

Umpires Amiesh Saheba, Peter Parker.

Pitch and conditions

The drop-in pitches in Darwin have not been the easiest surfaces to bat on, although Australia have made it look considerably simpler than Bangladesh. The players will be expecting early seam and swing and whoever bats first must work hard through the first hour.


Another hot and sunny day is predicted, with a top temperature of 34 degrees.

Stats and trivia

Bangladesh have won one of their past 14 one-day internationals, with the only success coming against the United Arab Emirates. In the same time they have won the toss on ten occasions.

In the past two matches, Cameron White has more than doubled his wicket tally in ODIs.

Bracken needs two more victims to become the seventh Australian to claim 150 one-day international wickets.

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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

England claim series Victory

August 29, 2008


Andrew Flintoff starred with bat and ball, Ian Bell played arguably the most fluent one-day innings of his career and Samit Patel capped a sparky allround performance with a maiden five-wicket haul, as England’s cricketers surged to an unassailable 3-0 series lead in Kevin Pietersen’s first series as captain. With two games to come at Lord’s and Cardiff, England could even climb to No. 2 in the world rankings if they maintain the same intensity that has left their South African opponents counting down the days until they can fly home to Johannesburg.

It was another crushingly professional performance from England. On Tuesday they bowled South Africa out for 83 at Trent Bridge en route to a ten-wicket win, and though the margin today was less emphatic, their impact was identical. Bell and Matt Prior signalled England’s intent with a century stand in the first 15 overs of the innings, and though they did suffer a mid-innings wobble when four wickets fell for 38 in ten overs, Flintoff prevented any meltdown with a mature 78 not out from 77 balls.

England’s total of 296 for 7 was arguably 20 runs short of their potential, but it never came close to being challenged. Without the drive and inspiration of Graeme Smith at the top of the order, South Africa were a flaky unit when their turn came to bat. Hashim Amla, playing in only his fourth ODI, top-scored with a battling 46, but the experienced pair of Herschelle Gibbs and Jacques Kallis mustered 21 runs between them, while AB de Villiers – the other remaining star of this one-day line-up – crassly ran himself out for 12 while taking on Steve Harmison’s tracer-like arm at fine-leg.

At 82 for 4 in the 21st over, South Africa’s challenge was effectively over, but Patel ensured that there would be no unlikely revival. Operating from the Vauxhall End with a tidy line and good variation, he nibbled away at the lower-middle order and tempted a variety of indiscretions. Mark Boucher made room for a cut but was beaten by the arm ball, Albie Morkel slammed two vast sixes in three balls before chipping a low return catch from the very next delivery, and Patel then corralled the tail with the minimum of fuss – tossing the ball up temptingly, he claimed the last three wickets for four runs in 13 balls, to become the first England spinner to take five wickets in a one-day innings since Ashley Giles in Delhi in 2001-02.

The excellence of England’s team performances in the first two games had forced Patel to wait for his opportunity to take centre stage, but once it was given to him he did not disappoint. In addition to his wickets, he might have dismissed Gibbs with a squeakingly tight direct-hit shy that was turned down on referral, and he also sprinted 30-yards from mid-on to complete a cool catch over his shoulder as Kallis top-edged a pull off Flintoff. But arguably Patel’s most crucial role of the day came with the bat, when he entered the fray for the first time, with England in a spot of bother on 182 for 5. Unperturbed, he pulled Morkel firmly through midwicket to register his first boundary in international cricket, and then spanked Makhaya Ntini gloriously on the up and through the covers, en route to 31 from 33 balls in a vital stand of 74 with Flintoff.

Flintoff’s innings was cool, collected and undeniably brave. On 39, he was struck a fearsome blow over the right eye by Morkel, a blow that required treatment on the field as well as a spell in the dressing-room at the start of the South African innings. But he batted well within himself, grinding his way through the gears to finish unbeaten on 78 for the second innings in a row – his first back-to-back ODI fifties since 2004. When he went for his shots they came off handsomely, in particular a blasted six off Steyn that was dropped in the crowd at long-on, but he was equally happy to time the ball to the boundary, never better exemplified by a back-foot steer past point in the same Steyn over.

If one man epitomised South Africa’s lack of belief it was Ntini, who endured a nightmarish day in the field. In his second over he lost his run-up completely, serving up consecutive no-balls – one of which was top-edged for four – before following up with an awful wide, delivered from level with the stumps. With the free hit carried over for a third delivery in a row, Prior opened his shoulders to clobber a length ball over long-on for six. Steyn was scarcely any more economical, drifting onto the pads with alarming regularity as Bell clipped him exquisitely through the leg side for three fours in two overs, as he hurtled to his half-century from 36 balls – his first ODI fifty at better than a run-a-ball.

Kallis, in a continuation of his peculiar form on this tour, once again proved to be South Africa’s star with the ball. He didn’t bring himself on until the 26th over, but then struck with his very first delivery as Owais Shah was beaten by a big offcutter and bowled off the inside-edge. He added a crucial second one over later when Kevin Pietersen hopped across his stumps to be pinned lbw for 5, and, with Bell already gone for 73, Paul Collingwood then became Johan Botha’s second victim when he looped a leg-side catch off his pad and into the hands of Mark Boucher for 14.

That mini-collapse, however, was as troublesome as England’s day would get. From Bell’s early blitz to Patel’s perfect denouement, everything else they attempted came off with spectacular success. As they shuffled off the field to the safety of the dressing-room, South Africa’s defeated cricketers were left to wonder how they will ever get the better of the former countryman who is now captaining their opponents with such aplomb.

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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

England v/s South Africa 3rd ODI Scorecard

August 29, 2008
NatWest Series [South Africa in England]3rd ODI
England v South Africa
2008 season
Played at Kennington Oval, London, on 29 August 2008 (50-over match)

Result England won by 126 runs

England innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
IR Bell lbw b Botha 73 107 77 11 1 94.80
wicketkeeper MJ Prior c Gibbs b JA Morkel 33 68 37 5 1 89.18
OA Shah b Kallis 23 43 37 3 0 62.16
captain KP Pietersen lbw b Kallis 5 12 7 0 0 71.42
A Flintoff not out 78 106 77 9 1 101.29
PD Collingwood c wicketkeeperBoucher b Botha 14 26 22 1 0 63.63
SR Patel b Ntini 31 49 33 3 0 93.93
LJ Wright c Gibbs b Steyn 17 20 13 2 0 130.76
SCJ Broad not out 0 1 0 0 0
Extras (lb 3, w 16, nb 3) 22
Total (7 wickets; 50 overs) 296 (5.92 runs per over)
Did not bat SJ Harmison, JM Anderson
Fall of wickets1-101 (Prior, 15.2 ov), 2-144 (Bell, 24.2 ov), 3-146 (Shah, 25.1 ov), 4-155 (Pietersen, 27.2 ov), 5-182 (Collingwood, 34.2 ov), 6-256 (Patel, 45.3 ov), 7-295 (Wright, 49.5 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
DW Steyn 10 0 67 1 6.70 (1w)
M Ntini 9 1 68 1 7.55 (2nb, 2w)
M Morkel 10 1 51 0 5.10 (1nb, 3w)
JA Morkel 5 0 30 1 6.00 (5w)
J Botha 9 0 35 2 3.88
JH Kallis 7 0 42 2 6.00
South Africa innings (target: 297 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
HM Amla c wicketkeeperPrior b Harmison 46 66 59 6 0 77.96
HH Gibbs c Shah b Anderson 12 26 16 1 0 75.00
captain JH Kallis c Patel b Flintoff 9 52 25 1 0 36.00
AB de Villiers run out (Harmison/wicketkeeperPrior) 12 23 23 1 0 52.17
JP Duminy c wicketkeeperPrior b Flintoff 18 61 33 1 0 54.54
wicketkeeper MV Boucher b Patel 19 30 27 1 0 70.37
JA Morkel c & b Patel 16 12 17 0 2 94.11
J Botha b Patel 17 39 31 1 0 54.83
M Morkel c Broad b Patel 6 19 10 0 0 60.00
DW Steyn not out 5 15 12 0 0 41.66
M Ntini c wicketkeeperPrior b Patel 0 3 3 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 5, lb 4, w 1) 10
Total (all out; 42.4 overs) 170 (3.98 runs per over)
Fall of wickets1-19 (Gibbs, 6.3 ov), 2-67 (Amla, 15.4 ov), 3-77 (Kallis, 18.2 ov), 4-82 (de Villiers, 20.5 ov), 5-114 (Boucher, 28.6 ov), 6-134 (JA Morkel, 32.4 ov), 7-142 (Duminy, 33.5 ov), 8-160 (M Morkel, 38.4 ov), 9-170 (Botha, 42.1 ov), 10-170 (Ntini, 42.4 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
JM Anderson 7 0 17 1 2.42
SCJ Broad 6 1 28 0 4.66
SJ Harmison 9 1 28 1 3.11
A Flintoff 7 0 33 2 4.71 (1w)
SR Patel 9.4 2 41 5 4.24
PD Collingwood 4 0 14 0 3.50

Toss South Africa, who chose to field first
Series England led the 5-match series 3-0

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