‘A’ names equals ‘A+’ performance as Australia wins big

SOME explosive batting from Alana King and some star bowling from the Australians has helped them start their series with Bangladesh with a big 118 run win.

Australia posted 7/213 before bowling its hosts out for just 95.

Although Australia’s total ended up being more than enough, things were not looking that certain early in the Aussie innings.

Things started at 1/6 seven balls in, and were 3/27 seven and a half overs later. Wickets continued to tumble at a pretty regular basis, and the Aussies eventually found themselves at 7/146 in the 41st over.  

Enter Annabel Sutherland and King, who combined for a stand totalling 67 runs and got the innings back on track and back to a somewhat competitive total. They were also the pair to make the most runs for the tourists, with Sutherland finishing on 58 not out and King on 46 not out.

Meanwhile for Bangladesh it was Sultana Khatun and Nahida Akter who topped the wicket tally, taking two of them each.

In reply, the fact that Bangladesh lost its first wicket on the second ball with only one run on the board was perhaps a foreshadowing sign of things to come.

The next two partnerships were much better at 20 and 49 runs respectively, but then things fell apart again. There were no more double digit partnerships as the Australians showed their class and really took a stranglehold on the game.

With one last cleverly bowled LBW from Ash Gardner on the final ball of the 36th over, and Bangladesh was all bowled out.

That LBW was Gardner’s third wicket of the innings, propelling her to the top of the wicket taking tally for the match. Kim Garth also had a good spell, picking up two wickets.

Meanwhile for the hosts, unsurprisingly most of their runs came early, with captain Nigar Sultana Joty the pick of the bunch with 27,

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