David Warner takes Australia closer to semifinals

David Warner takes Australia closer to semifinals

Shakib Al Hasan, in great form in this tournament, was in the running for a third successive hundred but was deceived by a slower ball and caught by Warner on 41, silencing Trent Bridge.

The opener took 110 balls to get to three figures as he struggled for his usual fluency, before happening upon it after reaching his century to rack up the highest individual score of this World Cup so far.

But Finch is gone, out for 53 off 51 balls and likely annoyed at himself for a tame dismissal on a dream batting pitch with a fast outfield.

Mushfiqur Rahim led Bangladesh's chase of 382 with an unbeaten century.

Paceman Rubel Hossain bowled in good rhythm and the run-rate was under control, but both Warner and Finch were still at the crease, having completed their half-centuries.Sarkar brought relief for a anxious Bangladesh by sending back Finch with his fifth ball in what was a soft dismissal off the medium pacer in the 21st over of the innings. Saifuddin has nine wickets, including Chris Gayle for a duck in their win over West Indies on Monday.

Paceman Rubel Hossain bowled in good rhythm and the run-rate was under control, but both Warner and Finch were still at the crease, having completed their half-centuries. But Australia had three more wickets in hand, and exploded. Stoinis and Coulter-Nile will play Bangladesh for the first time. Usman Khawaja or Soumya Sarkar can also do.

Australia is looking to consolidate its place in the semifinal positions while Bangladesh is trying to break in. Mushfiqur Rahim hit a fine 102 not out but the wicket-keeper's entertaining fifth-wicket stand of 127 with Mahmudullah (69) came too late to alter the course of the match as Bangladesh finished on 333-8 after their 50 overs.

They had Bangladesh tracking nearly similarly with Australia. Captain Mashrafe Mortaza is the only survivor from either side. If there is one team which has the ability to take down one of these four and make it to the semis, it is Bangladesh and Australia can be one team who would be on their radar. Nearly half of the Australia squad has never played Bangladesh.

But the Tigers still need to complete their highest one-day global run chase and the highest at a World Cup if they are to achieve an improbable victory.

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