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Marsh sinks Bangladesh as Australia hold profitable at World Cup

Marsh sinks Bangladesh as Australia hold profitable at World Cup
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Mitchell Marsh blasted his second large century of the World Cup as Australia primed themselves for the semi-finals by cruising to their seventh straight victory with an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh.

Australia misplaced Travis Head early of their chase of 307, however fellow opener David Warner (53) and Marsh (177 not out) cast a 120-run partnership for the second wicket earlier than the five-time world champions comfortably bought house in 44.4 overs.

Marsh reached his third one-day worldwide century in 87 deliveries and ended with 17 fours and 9 sixes as he turned the screws on Bangladesh in a 175-run stand with Steve Smith (63 not out), who returned to the facet after a bout of vertigo.

Towhid Hridoy scored his maiden half-century of the event on his technique to 74 at Pune’s MCA Stadium, as Bangladesh completed with 306-8 from 50 overs within the last group recreation for either side.

Australia gave explosive batsman Glenn Maxwell one other break day forward of their semi-final with South Africa in Kolkata on Nov. 16, whereas Sean Abbott (2-61) had a very good match changing Mitchell Starc.

Bangladesh’s top-order batsmen all made strong begins after Australia skipper Pat Cummins gained the toss and opted to bowl as Tanzid Hasan (36), Litton Das (36), Najmul Hossain Shanto (45) and Mahmudullah (32) took benefit of the useful circumstances.

Leg-spinner Adam Zampa (2-32) snared Mushfiqur Rahim to bag his twenty second sufferer and emerge as the highest wicket-taker after Marnus Labuschagne threw a spanner within the works by beautifully effecting two run-outs. But Hridoy ensured Bangladesh had a very good platform.

The 22-year-old struck 5 fours and two sixes in his 79-ball knock however was caught within the deep, seeking to speed up within the forty seventh over earlier than Bangladesh completed with their greatest event whole, solely to undergo disappointment as Australia chased down their goal with overs to spare.

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