Pune: Australia concluded their World Cup league stage with an impressive eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh, setting the stage for a semi-final clash against South Africa. Mitchell Marsh showcased a brilliant performance, scoring an unbeaten 177 off 132 balls, steering Australia to their seventh consecutive win.
Despite both teams finishing with 14 points, Australia secured the third spot in the standings due to a slightly lower net run-rate compared to South Africa. In the league’s final game, Bangladesh posted a total of 306 for 8 in their 50 overs after being put into bat.
Mitchell Marsh’s explosive innings featured 17 fours and nine sixes, guiding Australia to chase down the target in just 44.4 overs. He formed crucial partnerships, including a 120-run second-wicket stand with David Warner, who contributed 53 runs. Additionally, Marsh combined forces with Steve Smith (63 not out), creating an unbroken third-wicket partnership of 175 runs.
With this convincing win, Australia is now set to face South Africa in the semi-finals, riding on the momentum of their successful league stage campaign.
Brief Scores: Australia: 307/2 in 44.4 overs (Mitchell Marsh 177 not out, David Warner 53, Steve Smith 63 not out) beat Bangladesh: 306/8 in 50 overs (Towhid Hridoy 74, Najmul Hossain Shanto 45; Adam Zampa 2/32, Sean Abbott 2/61) by 8 wickets.