During this World Cup, there was something inquisitive felt about David Warner; the swagger was replaced by the straitjacket. Warner began with flashy care, instead of his typical customary strut.
So, it was here, Australia vs. Bangladesh. David smashed 166 along with a 48-run victory at Trent Bridge on Thursday, creating history, that fairly confirmed the selection of the players in the semi-finals. This victory was certainly strengthened by Warner. However, this is mainly quite a restrained figure as compared to the one familiar to the fans of England.
Man of the Match, David Warner said following the match in an interview: “Obviously it’s a great achievement to be equal to Adam Gilchrist’s 16 hundreds. For us, it’s about getting the 2 points and moving onto the next game at Lord’s.”
He also added, “I think you always keep wickets in hand in ODIs. It’s the way we play. We don’t intentionally not go after it on purpose. You have to respect the new ball. If you get off to a flier, you go ahead with the momentum you have. The bowlers bowled well to us in patches. It’s about knocking it around and try to target 6-8 an over after that in the middle overs. You have to adapt to the conditions, and it’s about momentum after that. If you get off to a flier, it’s about assessing.”
The hopes of Bangladesh of hitting the semi-finals got shattered this year. With 48 runs secured by Australia, Bangladesh found itself behind the eight-ball.
Warner Hits the Big Score
On the pitch, the Australian cricket team didn’t show even a little bit of hesitation to do the first batting. Warner and Finch actually started the battle with a stand of 121 runs. This dynamic duo gave Bangladesh a pretty hard time. Soumya Sarkar gave the team the breakthrough while dismissing Finch who received a 51-ball 53. Afterward, Usman Khawaja and Warner kept continued the battle, as for the Tigers, they added 192 for the next wicket.
Warner didn’t want the small piece of bread, so he got his ton off 110 balls and then stepped in for a double ton. But Sarkar took over after Warner scored 166 off 147 along with 14 fours and 5 sixes. Khawaja gave his best effort and kept the bowling at bay and scored 89. Maxwell them came in for a 10-ball 31. Though Bangladesh picked the 4 wickets from the 45th to the 48th over, they were not found tough enough to hinder Aussies’ hustle from posting 381.
Mushfiqur Rahim Hits a Stunning Century
Sarkar hit boundaries a couple of time to be Bangladesh’s run-chase scene, but confusions with Tamim Iqbal turned into his run-out. But Tamim and Shakib Al Hasan stabilized the scenario by giving their 79 runs for the next wicket. Exactly when Shakib began to seem a bit intimidating, Marcus got him out over run-a-ball 41. That didn’t stop Tamim from scoring his maiden 50 off 65 deliveries.
After scoring 62, during the 25th over, he inside-edged one off Starc. Seized by Adam Zampa, Das got perished for 20. While Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah gave their best efforts and both scored 127 on the fifth wicket, the score has crosses 17, where Mahmudullah had a tough fight and got 69 and Mushfiqur Rahim secured a stunning century off 95 balls and Bangladesh finished it all on 333 for eight in 50 overs.