Today Australia crushed Bangladesh to take a 1-0 lead in the 3 match ODI series.
Sent in to bat by Bangladesh Skipper Mohammed Ashraful, the wicket did prove to be slow and testing.
According the grounds man 250 was the safe route to go with setting the target.
After losing James Hopes (22) in an attempted pull and then Michael Clarke (14), who attempted to settle himself in for a long one, it seemed the run rate was slipping and the Bangladesh bowlers were pushing Australia into a low score zone.
Shaun Marsh continued to prove his position in the squad at the top of the order as he managed to play a great leading knock of 76.
Enter Michael Hussey. Huss continued his good streak with the bat in hand and managed to put together a very determined, hard working 85, in the end from 87 deliveries!
Brother David Hussey chipped in to add 24 to the total.
While there was some notably good bowling from the bowlers, credit must be given to Keeper Dhiman Ghosh. He was quick on his feet, very alert and had some great reflex moves.
The end total, due to some hard work at the end of the innings saw Clarke’s men reach 254.
Bangladesh opener, Tamim Iqbal, lashed out a quick fire 21 but his fellow teammates could not follow in any similar manner.
They ended up with their lowest ODI total of 74.
I expect more from this young side, who need to somehow find the path to step it up.
I found Michael Slater’s commentary on his guitar lessons on tour’s ‘back in the day’ the most entertaining part of the innings!
All the bowlers were brilliant. Debutant Brett Geeves ended up with 2/11 and a catch to seal a solid start to his ODI career.
Stuart Clark was exceptional with the ball and also in the field. His figures were 1/18, including a catch and a direct hit to send Alok Kapali back to the showers.
Cameron White picked up his best ODI figures of 3/5, and Michael Clarke complemented those wickets with 2 great catches in the slips.
Like Hussey, Mitchell Johnson continued his good form from the warm-up match and ended with 2/10.
Brad Haddin’s wicket keeping was flawless!
A victory by 180 runs seemed too easy for the Aussie’s but I do hope from an entertainment value for the Bangladesh supporters, their side offer a bit more substance to the attack.
But for Australian cricket supporters it was great to see a less familiar team really rise to the occasion and do themselves proud!
Michael Hussey was man-of-the-match.
The next ODI will be played this coming Wednesday in this 3 Match ODI series.
In more controversial news, Andrew Symonds has been sent home by order of the senior members. According to the commentators and reports, the current reason is he missed a team meeting, which was stated to be compulsory, to enjoy some time fishing.
So Roy has gone home ‘n gone fishing…say the sources.
A player of his class should not be this poorly disciplined, and as harsh as it is I have to stand by the decision against Roy as it is not on, more so these simple actions let down supporters and his fans. But these things happen, pity Roy is in the midst of it again.
More news on this soon, I’m just glad history didn’t repeat itself today!
Source (1) and (2) regarding above mentioned story.