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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Warner’s ton helps Australia beat Bangladesh by 48 runs

England takes on Sri Lanka at Leeds at 3 pm today; India to face Afghanistan at Southampton tomorrow at 1.30 pm IST

Prime News, International Sport, Cricket, Nottingham (England), June 21:- Defending champions Australia beat Bangladesh by 48 runs in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 group match at Trent Bridge on Thursday to go top of the 10-team table.

David Warner’s superb 166 helped Australia reach 381 for five in their 50 overs and Bangladesh, despite a gallant century from Mushfiqur Rahim, failed to keep up with the required run-rate.

Bangladesh remains fifth in the table, with the top four sides qualifying for next month’s semi-finals.

Australia opener David Warner made Bangladesh pay for an early drop with a big hundred as the reigning champions piled on the runs. Warner, missed on 10, made 166 in Australia’s imposing total of 381-5, his second century of the World Cup.

The 32-year-old, the highest run-scorer of the tournament, with 447 runs, is back to his devastating best for Australia after completing a 12-month ban for his role in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

“Today was a great foundation for our batting,” said Warner, who shared stands of 121 with captain Aaron Finch (53) and 192 with Usman Khawaja (89).

“I felt a little bit bogged down and frustrated. I kept hitting fielders but I managed to hang in there. I was feeling a little bit fatigued by the end but I was looking to score as many runs as possible so our bowlers had something to bowl at.”

There was a 24-minute interruption in the match due to rain when Australia’s score was 368 for 5 in the 49th over.

Soumya Sarkar gave Bangladesh fans something to cheer with 3-58 in 8 overs. But the Tigers still need to complete their highest one-day international run chase and the highest at a World Cup if they are to achieve an improbable victory.

They were buoyed by making 322-3 to beat the West Indies by 7 wickets in their previous match — the second-highest run chase in World Cup history.

Bangladesh suffered a blow before play when a back spasm ruled out Mohammad Saifuddin, their leading bowler at the tournament. But his absence could not excuse Bangladesh’s often wayward bowling, with the recalled Rubel Hossain’s nine wicketless overs costing an expensive 83 runs.

In reply, Bangladesh ended up with 333 for 8 in stipulated 50 overs with the help Mushfiqur Rahim’s 102 not out and Mahmudullah 69 runs. Australian bowlers paceman Mitchell Starc and Nathan Coulter-Nile took two wickets each.

England takes on Sri Lanka at Leeds at 3 pm today (June 21). India will play Afghanistan in their next game on Saturday (June 22) at Southampton. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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