Wolf strikes to keep Australia undefeated

THERE was only one match on the cards at the T20 World Cup overnight, but it was a good one for the fans of the green and gold as Australia cruised to an eight wicket win over Bangladesh to remain undefeated at the tournament.

Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat first, but thanks in large part to a leg spinning masterclass from Georgia Wareham, that did not prove to be a fruitful decision. The Bangladeshi’s eventually limped to 7/107 from their 20 overs, but without skipper Nigar Sultana Joty’s 57 they would have been in even more trouble.

She and Shorna Akter were the only ones to make a double figure score, with everyone else not even able to manage to outscore the extras tally of nine. Wareham was the star with the ball for Australia, picking up 3/20 from her four overs, while Darcie Brown picked up two wickets.

In reply, the Australians lost their first wicket cheaply and slowly but surely made their way towards the total. They lost another wicker halfway through the 13th over but that was it as they reached the tally with 10 balls left in their innings, which was slow by Australian standards.

Meg Lanning almost made a half century but finished on 48 not out, while Alyssa Healy made 37. Meanwhile for Bangladesh, Akter and Marufa Akter both picked up one of the wickets each.

The result means that everyone in Group 1 is halfway through its group stage of the tournament. The Australians are in the prime spot to make the semis, and Sri Lanka will be feeling pretty good about where it currently sit but still have to play the Australians, which will be a huge test for the Sri Lankans.

On the flipside, New Zealand will be asking a lot of questions about how its tournament has gone so far, with the Kiwis facing a mountain to climb in order to get out of the group.

Day 6 Action

3pm local (midnight AEDT) – West Indies vs India

7pm local (4am AEDT) – Pakistan vs Ireland

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