Hussey saves Aussies with quick fire innings
Michael Hussey came to the rescue of Australia smashing a quick fire 47 to help the Aussies record a total of 141-7 after Bangladesh had reduced them to 65-6 in the 12th over.
Hussey came to the crease with Australia in deep trouble, he shared a 7th wicket partnership of 75 with Steven Smith (27) as the pair steered the Aussies to safety and a competitive score.
The Aussies won the toss and decided to bat first; having enjoyed a good start against Pakistan on Sunday David Warner and Shane Watson struggled to get going on a wicket with had more bounce and pace.
After a slow, cautious start Warner broke the shackles by dispatching Shafiul Islam for a huge six over long off before smashing his next delivery through mid off for a boundary to break Bangladesh’s strangle hold.
In the space of two balls Warner had sent out a perfect warning shot to the Tigers; but, to their credit Bangladesh came right back at the Aussies thanks to Mashrafe Mortaza who struck in the third over to remove Watson (4).
Mortaza bowled a perfect bouncer which cramped Watson for space making the opener rush a pull shot which he top edge to Aftab Hasan to give the Tigers a perfect start.
Warner was joined at the crease by Aussie skipper Michael Clarke but the pair were never given the opportunity to build a partnership thanks to Shakib Al Hasan who dismissed Warner (16) at the start of the fourth over to leave the Aussies 21-2.
With both sides needing a victory to reach the groups stages the Aussies were now looking in trouble. After such a good performance on Sunday against Pakistan the Aussies looked in disarray.
Unbelievable the hole Australia found themselves in got deeper three overs later when Brad Haddin top edged a delivery from Abdur Razzak into the air giving Shafiul Islam at short third man an easy catch to reduce Australia to 37-3.
Having lost three quick wickets the Aussies were now on the back foot. With Bangladesh sensing a famous victory they attacked Clarke and forced the skipper into playing a poorly judge lob shot which sailed into the hands of Jahurul Islam out on the long off boundary to leave them 52-4.
It could have got worse for the Aussies when David Hussey was dropped by Jahurul Islam from the very next delivery from Mohammad Ashraful.
Luckily for the Tigers the missed chance didn’t cost then thanks to Mortaza who rushed Hussey (9) into playing a pull shot in the next over which ballooned up into the air giving wicket keeper Mushfiqur Rahim enough time to compose himself before taking the catch.
Cameron White’s disappointing tournament continued two overs later when he was bowled by Al Hasan to leave Australia 65-6 after 12.5 overs.
Hussey was joined at the crease by all rounder Smith. With the Aussies deep in trouble Hussey used all his years of experience to mount a recovery building a 75 run partnership with Smith.
Hussey attacked the Tigers bowlers in the final few overs helping Australia reach a competitive total which they will feel they will be able to defend.
With nothing to lose Hussey played an aggressive innings which was highlighted in the 16th over when he dispatched 16 runs off the bowling off Mashrafe Mortaza.
After watching from the non strikers end Smith joined the attack smashing two big sixes off the bowling of Mashrafe Mortaza in the penultimate over as Bangladesh’s hard work at the beginning of the innings was starting to unravel fast.
Shafiul Islam halted the flow of the runs in the final over conceding just 9 runs, but, after such a bad start the Aussies will feel confident of victory.