BARBADOS: Fast bowler Dirk Nannes took four wickets as Australia beat Bangladesh by 27 runs here at the Kensington Oval to advance into the second round of the World Twenty20 along with Pakistan.
Bangladesh reduced Australia to 65 for six inside 13 overs after Aussie captain Michael Clarke won the toss but manof- the-match Michael Hussey held firm with an unbeaten 47 and was well-supported in a seventh-wicket stand of 74 in seven overs by Steven Smith (27) as Australia finished on 141 for seven. And on a pitch full of pace and bounce, Bangladesh - who’ve often struggled against fast bowling - collapsed to 15 for four as they failed to cope with Nannes and Shaun Tait.
Left-armer Nannes finished with figures of four for 18 - an Australian Twenty20 international record as Bangladesh were bowled out for 114 with eight balls to spare. “It’s a very satisfying win,” said Clarke. “Our top order didn’t perform as well as we would have liked but to scrape our way to 140, ‘Huss’ played a wonderful innings as he always seems to do when we are under pressure and young Smith batted really well.”