Australia changes format but not form in cruisy win

THERE may have been a change in format but there was no change to Australia’s dominance over Bangladesh, this time cruising to a 10 wicket win in the first T20 of the series between the sides.

Bangladesh was restricted to 4/126 from its innings, before Australia only needed 13 overs to reach the tally.

Losing the first wicket on the first ball of the innings was a sign of things to come for the hosts, with the second wicket falling two runs and an over and a half later.

Things then steadied with a 57 run partnership followed by a 60 run one, but that bad start ultimately came back to haunt the Bangladeshis.

Nigar Sultana Joty had a captain’s knock for Bangladesh, hitting seven fours on her way to 62 not out to be by far the top scorer for her side. By comparison the next highest scorer was Fahima Khatun’s 27.

On the flipside of the equation, Sophie Molineux took two scalps for Australia, while fellow Victorians Tayla Vlaeminck and Georgia Wareham took one each.

In reply, Australia’s openers Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney never really looked in trouble during the chase, not even needing three quarters of the allotted overs to get the job done.

Mooney was in such a rush to finish she brought up her half century off a mere 35 balls and with back to back boundaries brought the win home to finish on 55 not out.

But she was outscored by her skipper, who smacked nine fours and a six on her way to 65 not out off just 42 balls.

Bangladesh cannot even blame particularly bad bowling for the result, – conceding only seven extras – the Australians were just in a class of their own.

The teams do not need to wait long for the next match, with the second of the T20s taking place tomorrow.

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