Australia clobber Bangladesh again

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Darwin, Sep 3 (UNI) Australia dished out another whipping to the hapless Bangladesh side in the one-day international played at Marrara Cricket Ground here today, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-game series.

Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful won the toss and elected to bat.

The Aussies first demolished Bangladeshi batting order, knocking it over for just 117 in 36.1 overs.

Then the batsmen, led by man of the match Shaun Marsh, with an unbeaten 69, knocked off the required runs in 22.4 overs.

Along the way, the Aussies lost Shane Watson (29) and captain Michael Clarke (1), both to wiley spinner Shakib al-Hasan.

Watson was on the end of a marginal lbw decision, while Clarke was smartly stumped by Dhiman Ghosh after giving the bowler the charge.

Those dismissals didn't really matter given Bangladesh's short and inglorious batting performance.

So brief was the Bangladeshi innings that Australia faced the unusual situation of having its innings span lunch.

The Aussies had cruised to 46 for no wickets from 9 overs when the break was taken. Shaun Marsh had cruised to 19 from 32 balls, with Shane Watson even more effective with 20 from just 22 deliveries.

Australia's bowlers shared the wickets, with Mitchell Johnson taking the best figures of 3-17 from 6.1 overs.

The only Aussie bowler not to take a wicket was Shane Watson, who still would have been satisfied to bowl four overs for just five runs.

The top scorer for Bangladesh was Ghosh, who managed 30.

The batting side was in trouble early, with Australia's opening bowling combination of Stuart Clark and Nathan Bracken reducing it to 3-15.

The third and final match is on Saturday.


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