Aussies clean sweep series with strong but inaccurate bowling

AUSTRALIA has clean swept its ODI series with Bangladesh after defeating the hosts by eight wickets in the third ODI.

Australia bowled Bangladesh out for 89, before reaching the target itself halfway through the 19th over.

The fact that the hosts lost their first wicket two thirds of the way through the second over and with no runs on the board truly was a sign of things to come.

Only three partnerships managed to get into double figures, with the highest being the final wicket one of 26 runs.

The Bangladeshi total could have been even worse if the Australians had bowled straighter. The Aussies bowled a whopping 14 wides in a total extras tally of 20.

Ellyse Perry and Kim Garth did the early damage for the Australians, before Ash Gardner and Sophie Molineux took over to take care of the second half of the wickets. Garth and Gardner went on to take three wickets each while Perry and Molineux took two each. Garth was particularly economical, bowling 3/11 from her second overs, which included four maidens.

In reply, it was clear that the Australians were in no mood to wait around and take their time, scoring almost half the required tally before the first wicket fell halfway through the ninth over.

Bangladesh had a brief moment of joy four overs later when a second wicket fell, bit with such a tiny tally it was not long before the Aussies got things done.

Alyssa Healy top scored for the Australians at the top of the order with 33, while Perry (27 not out) and Beth Mooney (21 not out) were not too far behind.

Meanwhile for Bangladesh Sultana Khatun and Rabeya Khan were the only ones to pick up a wicket.

The series now moves to the T20 phase, with the first of those taking place on Sunday.

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