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Lee hat-trick tames timid Tigers

Brett Lee took the first Twenty20 international hat-trick as Bangladesh struggled to just 123-8 having been put in by Australia in the Super Eights.

It was a strangely hesitant display from the Tigers, who raced to 53-4 against South Africa a day earlier but were only 18-0 at the same stage here.

Aftab Ahmed's 31 from 34 balls with two fours was the disappointing top score.

Lee yorked Mashrafe Mortaza and trapped Alok Kapali for his treble and Nathan Bracken struck twice in two balls.

There were some rare moments of Australian profligacy, Mitchell Johnson sending down successive no-balls and Adam Gilchrist fumbling a slower ball to allow byes.

But Bangladesh seemed uncertain how to approach their innings and were too often reluctant to attack with the same bold approach they delighted spectators with against South Africa.

Even the running between the wickets seemed indecisive and lacking conviction.

Skipper Ricky Ponting quickly showed the way with a superb low reflex catch at short cover, parrying Nazim Uddin's fierce drive and collecting the rebound diving forward.

Tamim sliced to cover having struggled to 32 from 40 balls and it was not until the 16th over that Shakib swiped the first six.

Having hit seven sixes against the South Africans, that proved to be the only maximum in this innings.

Lee's hat-trick was only the 10th overall in Twenty20 matches across the world.

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