It was a complete allround performance by the Australians. They came up with a clinical batting performance first, posting a mammoth 189/1 in 20 overs, thanks to Beth Mooney and Alyssa Healy's half-centuries. The hosts then restricted Bangladesh to 110/9 in 20 overs thus registering 86- run win. Megan Schutt was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/21, while Jess Jonassen also picked 2/17.
India have already sealed their semifinal spot, courtesy a 3-run win against New Zealand earlier in the day. With both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh out of contention, it all comes down between Australia and New Zealand to who takes the second semis spot from Group A.
Australia captain Meg Lanning: It was a good allround performance and something we needed. We wanted to come out attacking. Midge and Beth really set the tone for us. Fingers crossed what comes next and it's sort of quarterfinals now for us. Today's performance was more of how we play.
Bangladesh captain Salma Khatun: Yes I know Australia are a very good team. I think our bowlers didn't execute plans clearly. Australia bowlers bowled good line and length. We are looking forward to New Zealand match and see what comes.
Player of the match Alyssa Healy says, "It was something that we would like to have in the powerplay. We figured out that the sub-continent teams come pretty slow so we practiced that accordingly. Me and Mooney seem to gel well together in the middle and hope to continue that in the next matches as well. Just had really clear plans in our heads as to what we were going to do. It didn't feel easy batting out there but we put up a good total."
Bangladesh 110/9 in 20 overs
Three wickets in the last over bowled by Jess Jonassen, as Australia record an emphatic 86-run win over Bangladesh to register their second victory of the tournament.
Bangladesh 100/6 in 19 overs, need 90 runs
Megan Schutt takes her third wicket of the night as she dismisses Fargana Hoque for 36.
Bangladesh 95/5 in 17.2 overs, need 95 runs
Another wicket goes down for Bangladesh as Rumana Ahmed departs for unlucky 13 of the bowling off Jess Jonassen. She tries to sweep but the ball hits the toe end of the bat and top edges to Georgia Wareham at deep mid-wicket.
Bangladesh 76/4 in 14 overs, need 114 runs
Breakthrough for Australia as Nigar Sultana departs for 19 just a ball after notching up a 50-run stand along with Farhana Hoque. Trying to go over mid-wicket Sultana skies for Meg Lanning to take a simple catch at extra cover. Nicola Carey gets her first wicket.
FACT: It was also Bangladesh's second half-century stand in T20 World Cups for any wicket.
Bangladesh 55/3 in 12 overs, need 135 runs
Half-century for Bangladesh. After the loss of three early wickets, Nigar Sultana and Fargana Hoque have taken the responsibility upon their shoulders to take the team forward. But the chase looks improbable for the Asian nation as the required run-rate climbs up to 16.88 an over.
Meanwhile Bangladesh head coach Anju Jain to on-field broadcaster: Ideally, we would have preferred to play more games against the big teams. The more number of games you play the more you get experience. The Bangladesh Cricket Board is also trying to organise more games.
Bangladesh 26/3 in 5.4 overs, need 164 runs
Sanjida Islam departs for just 3, off Annabel Sutherland. She tries to pull a short ball down the leg side but ends up nicking to wicket-keeper Alyssa Healy.
Bangladesh 23/2 in 4 overs, need 167 runs
Bangladesh are in dire straits as Megan Schutt takes two in an over to send back Shamima Sultana and opener Murshida Khatun. Murshida tries to loft against the swing across the line but didn't quite middle it and Jess Jonassen runs back to her left to take a good diving catch at mid-on. On the other hand, Sultana was clean bowled through the gate.
Bangladesh 2/0 in 1 over, need 188 runs
Two runs off the first over from Elysse Perry. Not the type of start when you are chasing a mammoth 190 to win.
Beth Mooney to on-field broadcaster: Probably a tradition to get value for shots. Healy was with me and it was good going. I don’t think we necessarily changed too much. We are good players of spin. We tried hitting straight. It’s great batting with Midge, makes batting easy at the other end. Bowling hard into the wicket and making life difficult, bowling nice and full and not letting batters get under is the key.
It has been a tough night for Bangladesh bowlers on the field. Nothing looked to have gone their way as Australian openers Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney hit them all over the ground to notch up their maiden century stand in T20Is. Healy was particularly brutal of the two as the right-hander scored 83 of 53 balls with the help of eight fours and three sixes. She finally departed in the 17th over. Mooney was unbeaten on 81 off 58 balls. Ashleigh Garner also hit an unbeaten nine-ball 22 towards the end.
Things could have been different for Bangladesh had they not dropped three catches. It will be interesting to see how Bangladesh batters will approach their chase of 190 in 20 overs.
Australia 189/1 in 20 overs
What a day for the Australians. Everything went right for them today as they ticked all the boxes in their batting. Looks pretty tough for Bangladesh to chase.
Australia 151/1 in 17 overs
Finally a breakthrough for Bangladesh as Alyssa Healy departs for 83 from 53 balls off Salma Khatun. Earlier, both Healy and Beth Mooney were dropped in the same over. While Healy was dropped by Fahima Khatun at backward point, Mooney was let go by Nahida Akter at the same position as Healy.
Australia 120/0 in 14.1 overs
50 for Beth Mooney off 40 balls. Her first of the tournament. The left-hander has been in great form during the T20 Tri-series and she just takes it in the T20 World Cup. She was Australia's highest scorer with 208 runs in the Tri-series with three fifties.
Australia 115/0 in 13 overs
Bangladesh desperately need a wicket here. They left out pacer Panna Ghosh to bolster their spin-heavy attack, considering the fact Australia haven't played spin slow bowlers in the tournament. But the trick has completely backfired as the bowlers were hit all round the park.
Ben Sawyer, Australia’s bowling coach: Alyssa Healy has been fantastic and she’s been amazing during training as well. I think batting first was really good, batters getting back to form and we’ll take it into next game. We’ll focus on the hard length. Nicola Carey was fantastic the other day with her lines.
Australia 103/0 in 11 overs
Absolute carnage in Canberra as Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney bring up 100-run opening partnership for Australia. While Healy has already completed her fifty batting at 60, Mooney is well on course for her first of the tournament. She is unbeaten on 43. It is also the first century stand in T20Is between these two surpassing their previous best of 98 at this same ground against New Zealand in 2018. It is also the 13th 100-run stand for Australia in T20Is and second in T20 World Cups for Australia.
Australia 74/0 in 8 overs
What a way to bring up her fifty. Alyssa Healy hits Khadija-Tul Kubra for back-to-back sixes to bring her fourth T20 World Cup fifty and second in the tournament. It is also her 11 T20I half-century in career.
50 off 26 balls for Alyssa Healy
Australia 53/0 in 6 overs
Just the start Australia wanted. While Alyssa Healy continues her good form in the tournament,her opening partner Beth Mooney also seems to have got her touch back. Healy in particular is going all out with already six boundaries and a six for her unbeaten 20-ball 35.
Australia 12/0 in 1 over
Too much for Bangladesh in the first over as Alyssa Healy hits Jahanara Alam for three boundaries to give Australia a great start.
Former Australia skipper Michael Clarke says, "Australia struggled against spin so far, and I think spin is going to play a part on this track. They have to expect a lot of spin from Bangladesh today and use of the feet will be a very vital element if they are to counter that."
Australia captain Meg Lanning: "It's a new wicket. We feel like it's generally a good deck to bat on and it's a good chance to get off to a good start. We don't know them that well but they played well against India the other night. Annabel Sutherland and Georgia Wareham come in today."
Bangladesh captain Salma Khatun: "We are okay to field first and excited to play Australia for the first time. We didn't field well in the last game and we hope to correct that today. One change for us."
Australia: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning, Ashleigh Gardner, Ellyse Perry, Rachael Haynes, Nicola Carey, Jess Jonassen, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt.
Bangladesh: Shamima Sultana, Murshida Khatun, Sanjida Islam, Nigar Sultana (wk), Fargana Hoque, Fahima Khatun, Jahanara Alam, Rumana Ahmed, Salma Khatun (c), Nahida Akter, Khadija Tul Kubra.
Australia have won the toss and will bat first. The hosts have made two changes while for Bangladesh, Panna Ghosh makes way Khadija Tul Kubra. Annabel Sutherland and Georgia Wareham come in for Delissa Kimmince and Molly Strano for Australia.
Hello and welcome everyone in the second match of the day between Australia and Bangladesh in a Group A encounter. Australia have already opened their account in the tournament courtesy their win against Sri Lanka while Bangladesh are yet to open their account losing their first match to India. This is a must-win game for Bangladesh as a win here will make the group interesting.
Talking about India, the Women in Blue became the first team to qualify for the semifinals defeating New Zealand in the first match of the day.
Healy and Mooney show powers Australia to a thumping victory over BangladeshAustralia thumped Bangladesh by a huge margin of 86 runs at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Thursday (February 27) in the T20 World Cup. It was a very ruthless performance from the hosts after a couple of not-so-convincing ones. Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney starred with 83 and 81 respectively, before Australia’s bowlers restricted Bangladesh to just 103. The duo shared a stand worth 151 runs between them, to ensure there was only one result possible. Healy played a typical blistering innings which set the tone for hosts’ huge total. The stylish wicketkeeper-batter scored ten boundaries and three sixes…
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