Australia vs Bangladesh

  • Australia won by three wickets.
  • Adam Zampa took 3 for 23 from his four-over spell.
  • Khawaja scored a fluent half-century.
Shane Watson celebrates the wicket
Shane Watson celebrates a wicket Getty Images

That's all for our live blog for this afternoon. We hope you enjoyed our coverage of a topsy-turvy game in Bangalore.




Faulkner smashes a short ball to the boundary to seal a crucial win for Steve Smith's men in Bangalore!


Australia 152/7 (18/20 ov)

JW Hastings c Soumya Sarkar b Shakib Al Hasan 3

The over ends with another Australian wicket. They really have made heavy weather of this run chase against a modest bowling attack.

Anyway, they now need from 12 with Faulkner and Nevill together.


GJ Maxwell st †Mushfiqur Rahim b Shakib Al Hasan 26

Another bump in the road for the Aussies! Maxwell goes now as he tries to repeat his heroics from the previous over.

Still, he should have done enough to put Australia out of reach.


Australia 147/5 (17/20 ov)

How does Glenn Maxwell respond to the pressure of a tight run chase? By smashing the ball over the boundary, of course.

The all-rounder blasts two sixes in three balls to all-but kill this game.


MR Marsh c Shakib Al Hasan b Mustafizur Rahman 6

Every time the Aussies appear to be home and hosed...

Mitchell Marsh is the latest man to go this time, after getting a leading edge on a cutter that pops up in the air.


Australia 135/4 (16/20 ov)

That might just be the game-deciding over, with Saqlain Sajib conceding three boundaries in the space of six balls.

The equation is a much more agreeable 22 from 24 balls at the end of the over.


Australia 121/4 (15/20 ov)

With five overs left, this ought to be easy for a side as experienced and as capable as Australia. But pressure does funny things to people.

Australia require another 36 runs with 6 wickets and 30 balls remaining.

The scene above the stadium in Bangalore
The scene above the stadium in Bangalore Getty Images


DA Warner c & b Shakib Al Hasan 17

Warner goes now! Things are getting interesting in Bangalore, as the powerful left-hander smashes a full-toss back to the bowler, who clings on.

Getting nervous, Aussies?


Australia 119/3 (14/20 ov)

Glenn Maxwell is the new man and he almost perishes first ball. In the end, he does well to drop his wrists.

Just four runs from that over, but the Aussies should still stroll to victory, provided they keep their heads.

David Warner at the crease
David Warner at the crease Getty Images


UT Khawaja b Al-Amin Hossain 58

The end of a very fine innings from a very fine young player, as Khawaja is bowled around his legs by Al-Amin Hossain. Are Bangladesh still in this...?

Australia need 42 off 41.


Australia 115/2 (13/20 ov)

Davie Warner isn't going to hang around tonight, it seems. The destructive left-hander follows a four with a six to move the Australians to within reach of victory in Bangalore.


Australia 98/2 (12/20 ov)

Four runs and a wicket from that over. Australia are still well-placed but they won't want to lose two quick wickets here, or a sense of panic might set in.

David Warner has come in at number four, by the way...


SPD Smith b Mustafizur Rahman 14

A twist in the tail? Perhaps. Steven Smith has come and gone now, with Mustafizur Rahman following a clever slower ball with a quicker ball that disturbs the timber.

Steve Smith is bowled
Steve Smith is bowled Getty Images


Australia 94/1 (11/20 ov)

Steve Smith joins in the fun now, launching Saqlain Sajib down the ground for a big six.

Australia require around seven an over from here with nine wickets in hand, which ought to be easy.


Australia 82/1 (10/20 ov)

Another over, another classy-looking boundary for Khawaja, who has fast emerged as one of the world's best batsman.

He has fifty, too, and you can see how he is keeping Aaron Finch out of this team now.

Steve Smith with the bat
Steve Smith with the bat in his hand Getty Images


Australia 74/1 (9/20 ov)

Sensible stuff from these two after the fall of Watson's wicket. They're ahead of the rate at the moment and have plenty of wickets still in the shed, meaning there is no need to panic.

They take eight risk-free runs from the over, including another eye-catching boundary from Khawaja,


Australia 66/1 (8/20 ov)

A match-turning over? Or simply a minor blip? We'll have to wait and see on that front.

Anyway, Aussie skipper Steve Smith is now out in the middle...


SR Watson run out 21

A lifeline for Bangladesh? Just as Aus appeared to be cruising to a lop-sided victory, Shane Watson has been run out trying to steal a second run.

Sabbir's throw beat him to the punch and the Aussies are one down!

Shane Watson in action
Shane Watson in action Getty Images


Australia 60/0 (7/20 ov)

Shane Watson is already making Bangladesh pay for that fielding error. This time, the batsman smashes the last ball of the over- which was otherwise respectable - into the stands.

Australia are absolutely bossing this at the moment. The target is already under 100.

Fans celebrate a six
Fans celebrate a six Getty Images


Australia 51/0 (6/20 ov)

Watson is starting to threaten now, too. The muscular Aussie delicately taps the ball to the boundary, showing an unusually deft touch.

Later in the over, though, he almost gives it away as he offers up a catch to Mithun, who was trying to take it while running backwards.

He is unable to cling on, however, and Watson survives.

Mohammad Mithun fails to hold on
Mohammad Mithun fails to hold on Getty Images


Australia 44/0 (5/20 ov)

Khawaja scores a hat-trick of boundary fours! The stylish left-hander is in the form of his life and he is making the Bangladeshi team pay.

On this occasion, it is the experienced Shakib Al Hasan who is the victim.

A fan cheers in Bangalore
A fan cheers in Bangalore Getty Images


Australia 31/0 (4/20 ov)

Mustafizur Rahman is introduced into the attack and what was building up to be a good over is ruined by the last ball, which is sent to the boundary by Watson.

To compound matters, Mustafizur appears to be grabbing his side - he may have an injury.

The Aussies are in control. Because they bat so deep, Bangladesh must take regular wickets to contain the runs.

Usman Khawaja looks for the boundary
Usman Khawaja looks for the boundary Getty Images


Australia 24/0 (3/20 ov)

Khawaja is enjoying most of the strike and so it is the left-hander who is hitting the boundaries.

He strokes the ball to the fence twice more in that over to ensure the Aussies stay ahead of the run rate. They are doing this quite easily for the moment.

Australian fans in the crowd
Australian fans in the crowd Getty Images