Aussies record consolation win

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Australia won their final World Twenty20 match by seven wickets on Tuesday, beating hosts Bangladesh with ease in the dead rubber, and avoiding the added embarrassment of a winless campaign.

Australia won their final World Twenty20 match by seven wickets on Tuesday, beating hosts Bangladesh with ease in the dead rubber, and avoiding the added embarrassment of a winless campaign.

The Tigers batted first and made 153 for five, thanks to a century stand between Shakib-al-Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim. They were unable to counter the mighty hitting of David Warner and Aaron Finch though, and the game was done with 15 balls to spare.

Rahim won the toss and chose to bat first in Chittagong, and immediately the Aussies got off to a good start. Nathan Coulter-Nile, in the side at the expense of a specialist spinner, removed Anamul Haque for a duck, and then Tamim Iqbal for five.

This left veteran Shakib and Rahim to rescue the knock, and they did so with aplomb. They put on a stand of 112 runs over the next 13 overs, with Rahim making 47 off 36 balls as the Aussies were hit around.

Shakib showed no fear as he attacked, hitting three big sixes in his 66 runs, using up 52 balls before Doug Bollinger removed him in the 18th over. This left the hosts with two new men at the crease, and they were unable to get the 170/80 that had seemed on the cards.

The Aussies' chase was relatively simple, with Finch and Warner doing the bulk of the damage. The pair put on 98 together, with Finch surviving an edge that was not given out, before Warner departed for 48 in the 12th over.

This left Finch to continue and he reached his 50 off 35 balls. He was eventually also out to Al-Amin Hossain, for 71, after the paceman had also clean bowled Warner. Glenn Maxwell was the other wicket to fall, bowled by debutant Taksin Ahmed.

Skipper George Bailey hit the winning runs, doing so with a big six, to end his tournament with a slight bit of positivity, though he never managed to score more than 12 runs in the tournament.

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Sohag Gazi, Abdur Razzak, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed

Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Cameron White, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey, Shane Watson, Dan Christian, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Doug Bollinger

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