Captain Clarke shines in Australias win

Michael Clarke scored a century on debut as captain to guide Australia to 270 for 7 in their first ODI match agaisnt Bangladesh at Mirpur.

By CricketCountry Staff

 

Mirpur: Apr 9, 2011

 

Michael Clarke brought up his sixth international century as Australia won their first one-day international match against Bangladesh at Mirpur.

 

Clarke led from front scoring a well-made 101, as Australia reached 270 for 7 in their allotted 50 overs.

 

In their reply, Bangladesh lost three wickets for a paltry score of 49. Imrul Kayes and Shahriar Nafees were back to the pavilion with just 9 runs on-board, and Raqibul Hasan was dismissed for 7.

 

Tamim Iqbal held fort from the other end and along with Shakib Al Hasan, he revived Bangladesh innings. Both Tamim and Shakib hit well-made half centuries, but couldn’t keep up with the asking run rate. Wary of the batting slump in their past few matches, Bangladesh batsmen adopted a careful approach in their chase. Mushfiqur Rahim remained unbeaten at 44.

 

Putting Australia to bat first, Bangladesh did well to put Australia under pressure by scalping three wickets in 14 overs, but Clarke’s fluent 101 off 111 balls notched up his sixth international century, which included six boundaries and two sixes, got Australia in a commanding position.

 

Australia were at one stage struggling at 138 for 4, but Clarke and Michael Hussey stitched together 84-run partnership to take Australia to position of strength. Former skipper Ricky Ponting scored a quickfire 34 off 31 balls.

 

Brief Scores: Australia 270 for 7 in 50 overs (M Clarke 101, S Watson 37, R Ponting 34; M Mortaza 2 for 65) bt Bangladesh 210 for 5 in 50 overs (Tamim Iqbal 62, Shakib al Hasan 51, Mushfiqur Rahim 44*; Mitchell Johnson 1 for 23, John Hastings 1 for 31) by 60 runs.

 

Man of the Match: Michael Clarke

 

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