Symonds slams ton as Aussies whip B’desh

Fatullah, April 26:

Andrew Symonds smashed an unbeaten century to help Australia score a 67-run victory over Bangladesh in the second one-day international here on Wednesday.

Symonds’ 103 not out helped the tourists set a 251-run target for Bangladesh and the home side were bowled out for 183 in reply.

Captain Habibul Bashar (70) batted well for Bangladesh but could not help prevent the world champions from taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Symonds added 140 for the fourth wicket with Michael Clarke (54) to help the tourists total 250-5. Symonds smashed six fours and two sixes.

Clarke was content to nudge the ball for singles during his 18th half-century before being dismissed by Mohamad Rafique.

Australian vice-captain Adam Gilchrist had earlier got the team off to a flying start but fell when he looked set for another big knock. Gilchrist scored 32 off 30 balls including a six.

Mortaza engineered a mini-collapse, bagging three wickets in the space of 10 deliveries. He trapped Gilchrist leg-before, clean-bowled Ponting (five) and had left-hander Simon Katich (26) caught by Shahriar Nafees in the covers as the Aussies slipped from 55-0 to 65-3.

Bangladesh faltered in reply, losing three wickets in the first four overs with openers Shahriar Nafees and Rajin Saleh departing without scoring. Nafees was trapped leg-before by Brett Lee while Saleh edged a ball to wicketkeeper Gilchrist off left-arm seamer Nathan Bracken, who also dismissed Tushar Imran (two).

Skipper Bashar then added 62 runs for the fourth wicket with Javed Omar (34) but the 16.3 overs they consumed cost the team a chance to launch an assault later in the innings.

Bashar struck six fours during his 12th half-century in 81 matches and also put on 76 runs for the fifth wicket with Khaled Mashud (36), but the required run-rate crept up steadily.



A Gilchrist lbw b Mortaza 32

S Katich c Nafees b Mortaza 26

R Ponting b Mortaza 5

M Clarke c Kapali b Rafique 54

A Symonds not out 103

M Hussey b Razzak 18

Extras: 12 (b1, lb2, w7, nb2)

Total: 250/5 (50 overs)

FoW: 1-55, 2-64, 3-65, 4-205, 5-250

Bangladesh bowling: Mortaza 9.1-0-54-3, Hossain 10-0-50-0, Razzak 7.5-0-34-1, Rafique 10-0-39-1, Kapali 4-0-23-0, Imran 4-0-16-0, Saleh 5-0-31-0


S Nafees lbw b Lee 0

R Saleh c Gilchrist b Bracken 0

J Omar c Lee b Hussey 34

T Imran b Bracken 2

H Bashar c Hussey b Clarke 70

K Mashud b Clarke 36

A Kapali c Hussey b Hogg 10

M Rafique c & b Lee 0

M Mortaza c Clarke b Hogg 15

A Razzak b Hogg 3

S Hossain not out 1

Extras: 12 (b1, lb4, w5, nb2)

Total: 183 (48 overs)

FoW: 1-0, 2-4, 3-8, 4-70, 5-146, 6-157, 7-159, 8-168, 9-182

Australia bowling: Lee 8-2-29-2, Bracken 6-1-16-2, Johnson 6-0-24-0, Hussey 5-0-22-1, Cullen 10-0-37-0, Hogg 9-0-34-3, Clarke 4-0-16-2