Australia depart World T20 with win
Updated: Tuesday, 01 Apr 2014 14:02
Aaron Finch led Australia to a seven-wicket victory in their final World Twenty20 Group F match against Bangladesh in Dhaka.
With both teams playing for their pride as they headed into the match without a win so far in the tournament, it looked like it would be a tough battle with pre-tournament favourites Australia taking on the tournament hosts.
But the Aussies passed their target of 153 for five, with Finch making 71, finishing with figures of 158 for three with 15 balls remaining.
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and put his side in to bat at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.
The hosts suffered a disappointing start to their innings as they lost openers Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque early on as both fell victim to the bowling of Coulter-Nile.
Haque was the first to head back to the pavilion in the second over as he was caught out for a duck by Shane Watson, who took a simple catch at first slip.
Iqbal (5) survived two more overs before losing his wicket to a catch from Doug Bollinger. The Bangladesh batsman struck a low catch, where he found Bollinger at mid-off and departed the field with his head down to leave Bangladesh 12 for one.
But Shakib Al Hasan and Rahim managed to turn things around for the tournament hosts as they impressed out in the middle, piling on the runs to prove their side would not bow out without a win here.
Bangladesh lost their captain for 47 runs from 36 balls, including five boundaries and one maximum, as he struck the ball aiming for a boundary, only to be caught out just in front by Glenn Maxwell off Watson's bowling to leave his side 124-3.
And Hasan (66) joined him in the next over a ball after hitting a four as Maxwell pulled off a great catch at deep midwicket off Bollinger's bowling.
That brought Nasir Hossain to the crease, who made 14 runs before seeing the innings out, losing his wicket on the last ball to Mitchell Starc as Bangladesh finished on 153 for five.
In reply Australia came out strong as openers Finch and David Warner put on an opening partnership of 98 runs.
The Aussies lost their first wicket as Warner (48) was bowled by Al-Amin Hossain, who took out the middle stump to the delight of the home fans.
The Australia wickets looked like they might start to fall as they approached their total and Finch was next to go as he hit the ball high and wide for Nasir Hossain to make a diving catch in the outfield off Al-Amin Hossain's bowling, leaving Australia needing 29 runs off their last 19 balls.
Maxwell (5) was dismissed in the next over by Taskin Ahmed, who hit his stumps before Cameron White (18) and Australia captain George Bailey (11), who hit a four and a six off the last two balls, saw the Australia innings out for a consolation win.