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Warner 166 powers Australia to 381

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Warner 166 powers Australia to 381
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On the last ball of the fifth over, David Warner was tempted by a short delivery outside off and upper cut it to Sabbir Rahman at third man. But Sabbir, who was brought in to play his first match of the tournament in place of Mosaddek Hossain, failed to spot it and allowed the Australian opener a reprieve.

That he did it again later, in the 26th over, when he failed to gather an easy ball at mid on and fluffed a run out opportunity was enough to make a bad outing for him. But for Warner, he ensured the mercies were well celebrated.

By the time the Australian opener was dismissed in the 45th over, edging a ball to the short third man fielder, he had notched up his sixth 150-score and added 16 more to that. And in company of his two partners, Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja set the base for Australia's 381 with two century stands.

There were not enough favours from the pitch for the bowlers, and hence if Bangladesh needed to stop Australia from posting a massive score after they had elected to bat, they would have needed the support of the fielders coming, as and when the opportunities presented itself. That it didn't, especially with Sabbir, eventually reflected in Australian batsmen's dominance.

Unable to pick wickets early, Bangladesh allowed Australia to lay a strong foundation for their innings - at the back of partnerships of 121 and 192 respectively for the first two wickets. Australia continued to play to their success template in the tournament, where Warner is unconventionally careful, while Finch plays the role of the aggressor. While remaining steady against the rest, the southpaw imposed himself on Shakib Al Hasan early, including smashing him for a boundary and a six off consecutive balls in the 14th over. Finch, on the other hand, charged against the offie Mehidy Hasan en route his 51-ball 53.

Warner, who took 55 balls for his first two fifties, paced his innings well, taking only 30 more balls to reach 150 before becoming Soumya Sarkar's second victim. The part-time medium pacer proved effective with his variation of bumpers, yorkers and cutters and returned with 3 for 58 in his eight overs on a day when all the other frontline bowlers combined to take only one wicket.

But by the time Warner departed, the stage was set for Glenn Maxwell to unleash his destructive abilities and he did that well in his 10-ball stay, cracking 31 runs: including 19 in 5 balls off Rubel Hossain's ninth over. Confusion in running with Khawaja resulted in his run out, and possibly pegged Australia back a few runs from their eventual total.

Khawaja, who had played a fine secondary role in company of Warner, too fell in the late overs - caught behind off Sarkar for a 72-ball 89. Australia lost four wickets in the last six overs but two fifties and a century by the top order, coupled with Maxwell's late blitz, enabled them to post a sizeable total.

Brief Scores: Australia 381/5 in 49 overs (David Warner 381, Usman Khawaja 89; Soumya Sarkar 3-58, Mustafizur Rahman 1-69) vs Bangladesh.

HM

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