Australia chased down Bangladesh's 153/5 in 17.3 overs to collect full points in their final match of ICC World Twenty20 tournament. Here are the highlights of the match: (Scorecard | Text Commentary)
1810 hrs (IST): Aaron Finch is declared Man-of-the-Match. "It feels nice but also feel sad that it came in the final match," he said at the post-match ceremony. Skipper George Bailey too looked slightly pleased. "Finch and Warner played well in this match. See, this is a game of basics and we didn't do that right in this tournament," he said. "The guys who played against us did play well. I won't want to take anything away from them," he added.
1805 hrs (IST): AND Australia win at last! The team crosses the finish line in 17.3 overs with skipper George Bailey hitting the winning runs.
1750 hrs (IST): WICKET! Finch falls after scoring a superb 71 off 45. Al-Amin takes his second of the day but Australia in control. Need 19 off 29 with 8 wickets to spare.
1736 hrs (IST): FIFTY! Finch completes his fifth T20I fifty (off 35 deliveries) as Australia now in complete command against Bangladesh. Need 47 off 47.
1730 hrs (IST): WICKET! Warner falls on 48 off 35. He was looking to complete his 11th T20I fifty with a big swing over deep mid-wicket but misses. Al-Amin - the bowler- doesn't as the stumps light up! (Australia need 56 off 52 with 9 wickets to spare.
1705 hrs (IST): Finch and Warner score 52 in the powerplay. It is a good start from the Aussies - one that is made even better by statistics which show that each time the openers bat out the initial six overs, the team wins.
1655 hrs (IST): Aaron Finch and David Warner look to repeat the performances of Shakib and Mushfiqur from earlier in the day. Take the aerial route against hosts to lay a solid foundation. (Australia: 27/0 in 4)
1635: Australia need 154 to win against Bangladesh. 150 was considered a par-score here and the hosts would be happy with their performance with the bat. Nassir Hossain (14 off 10) hit two boundaries towards the end of the innings to help his side cross the 150-run mark. Coulter-Nile's 2/17 is the best figures for any of the six Aussie bowlers brought into service today.
153 might just be enough for bangladesh but had the opportunity to reach 170.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 1, 2014
1622 hrs (IST):WICKET! Shakib falls on 66 off 52 as Bollinger celebrates his first wicket of the day. Credit though to Maxwell who takes a fantastic catch at midwicket. He was diving forward and his full-length stretch silenced the crowd dramatically. (Bangladesh 133/4 in 17.3 vs Aussies)
1615 hrs (IST):WICKET! Mushfiqur falls on 47, tantalisingly close to what would have been his second T20I fifty. Looks to dispatch Watson over deep mid-wicket but finds the fielder. (Bangladesh 124/3, 16.2)
1610 hrs (IST): While Shakib has led the charge against the Aussies, Mushfiqur has also been forceful from the other end. Helps Bangladesh score 116/2 in 15 overs and is eying a fifty of his own.
1600 hrs (IST):FIFTY for Shakib! Veteran all-rounder slams his 4th T20I fifty and takes only 40 deliveries (4x4s, 2x6s) to complete it. Has had great support from Mushfiqur who has been quite fiery himself. (Bangladesh 100/2, 13.5)
1550 hrs (IST): Shakib has been quite unstoppable so far. He has hit boundaries at will and his timing has been absolutely supreme. He has taken on pace and spin with equal intensity. Is batting in his 40s - which is also his highest score in the tournament (previous best was 38).
1530 hrs (IST): Shakib-al-Hasan has looked in good touch so far in the innings. He has hit two fours and a couple of boundaries to bring cheer to the local crowd. He is batting with Mushfiqur who has also hit a four. Both target Maxwell's first over specifically, hitting a boundary each in the spinner's first over.
1517 hrs (IST): WICKET! Tamim Iqbal (5) becomes Coulter-Nile's second victim in as many overs. Opener tries to clear mid-off but finds Bollinger who takes a dipping but simple catch. Tamim's scores in ICC WT20 2014: 21, 30, 0, 5, 6, 16, 5. (B'desh 12/2 in 3.2 vs Aussies)
1509 hrs (IST) WICKET! Anamul (0 off 6) edges Coulter-Nile to first slip where Shane Watson takes a clean catch. Early blow to hosts as Aussies rejoice (B'desh: 4/1 in 1.4)
1503 hrs (IST): Mitchell Starc bowls the first over. Bangladesh openers Anamul Haque and Tamim Iqbal look to get their eyes in. (B'desh: 1/0)
1455 hrs (IST):Did you know? Taskin Ahmed, who makes his debut for Bangladesh today, is the third-youngest to feature for his nation in a T20I. He is 18 years and 363 days today.
1440 hrs (IST): The tough talk: Australia skipper George Bailey says while the tournament has been disappointing, his team is looking for some sort of consolation in the final match. Playing against the hosts, he says, is a great chance to play some good, solid cricket. His 'feelings' are shared by Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim who is not too impressed with his team either. At toss, he said that he hopes his spinners can make a mark in the second part of the match. Both teams have been winless in the tournament so far.
14:30 hrs (IST):TOSS! Bangladesh win and opt to bat against Australia. Hosts make three changes - play Sohag Gazi, Mominul Haque and Taskin Ahmed who makes his debut. Australia bring in Dan Christian and Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Australia, who have won four World Cups but never the ICC World Twenty20, play their last game against Bangladesh today. Both sides will meet in Mirpur with the hope of signing off the tournament on a positive note. Australia and Bangladesh have three losses in as many games so far.
Australia captain admitted Australia's performance in tournament was below par. "This is the most disappointing performance by our team in three years of my captaincy," Australia captain George Bailey said. Australia entered the tournament as an overwhelming favourite.
"We have to be motivated. I think for me personally, the motivation is - I don't like losing, personally. As a team we, don't like losing. I don't like my performance in this tournament. I haven't got five runs," Australia all-rounder Shane Watson said.
Bangladesh have only defeated Australia once in any format. This will be Bangladesh's best chance of breaking a depressing sequence at home and arresting a losing streak. Bangladesh have been beaten by 73 runs, eight wickets and 50 runs in its three Super 10 matches.
Bangladesh medium pacer Mashrafe Mortaza has been ruled out of today's match after suffering a knee injury in Sunday's game against Pakistan.
Australia: George Bailey (captain) Doug Bollinger, Daniel Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin (wicketkeeper), Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Glenn Maxwell, James Muirhead, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain/wicketkeeper), Abdur Razzak, Al-Amin Hossain, Anamul Haque, Farhad Reza, Mahmudullah, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shamsur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Sohag Gazi, Tamim Iqbal, Taskin Ahmed, Ziaur Rahman