Australia aim to wrap up series

04-Jun-2007 | News-Press Release

The series began as you'd expect, with Bangladesh putting up some fight but ultimately being overpowered by Australia. The hosts need to win the second game on Monday to keep the series alive, and to achieve that, they'll need a stronger top-order performance. Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan both made half-centuries, but there wasn't much support for them, and it meant Australia's 270 was a pretty safe target. In the field, Bangladesh were better, but although they kept things tight through the middle overs, they let Australia get away in the end, and that is something they will need to address.

For the Australians, Michael Clarke's captaincy reign began well, both personally and professionally, with a century and a victory to his name. Ricky Ponting looked noticeably unburdened having given up the captaincy and he looms as a danger man for the next two games. However, they do need runs from the out-of-form Cameron White and they'd appreciate more application from the opener Brad Haddin, who was bowled on Saturday while walking and wafting simultaneously.

Bangladesh's decision to send Australia in after winning the toss in the first game didn't exactly pan out, so expect whoever calls correctly to bat first on Monday.


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