Australia progress at Tigers' expense
Australia progressed to the ICC World Twenty20 Super Eights with ease courtesy of a 27-run win over Bangladesh at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.
Michael Clarke’s side finished top of Group A with two wins from two games, meaning defending champions Pakistan join them in the next round.
Australia go into Group F while Pakistan will be England's first Group E opponents at the same venue tomorrow.
Mike Hussey’s unbeaten 47 from 29 balls proved decisive as Bangladesh crumbled in their run-chase, Dirk Nannes starring with 4-18 in four overs to dismiss the Tigers for 114 in 18.4 overs.
Bangladesh, needing a convincing victory to progress, earlier set about their task with aplomb by taking regular wickets on a slow Bridgetown pitch.
When Clarke fell in the 10th over, Australia were 52 for four and that became 65 for six as Mashrafe Mortaza and Shakib Al Hasan each struck for a second time.
Hussey managed to score more freely than his team-mates had managed as he and Steven Smith rebuilt the innings with a 74-run alliance for the seventh wicket.
Hussey upped the ante by lifting Mortaza for six in a 17th over that cost 17.
Smith followed up with two maximums off Abdur Razzak in the penultimate over, before being run out off the final ball of the innings for a precious 27.
Bangladesh lost both openers without scoring and slipped to 15 for four as Nannes broke through on three occasions.
Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim briefly steadied the ship with 28 and 24 respectively.
However, Shakib’s departure precipitated a steady flow of wickets, with David Hussey and Smith both striking for a second time.
Ryan Harris emphatically ended proceedings by flattening Mashrafe Mortaza’s off stump.