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  • Australia ease to consolation win over sorry Bangladesh

    Australia signed off their disappointing World Twenty20 campaign with a consolation victory over Bangladesh as opener Aaron Finch scored a brisk 71.

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    TEAM EFFORTMIRPUR (Reuters): Australia signed off their disappointing World Twenty20 campaign with a consolation victory over Bangladesh as opener Aaron Finch's brisk 71 secured a seven-wicket win over the hosts on Tuesday.

    Opting to bat first, Shakib Al Hasan (66) and captain Mushfiqur Rahim (47) shared a 112-run third-wicket stand to help Bangladesh to a competitive total of 153 for five wickets at the Sher-a-Bangla National Stadium.

    Smarting from a hat-trick of defeats in a tournament they began as one of the favourites, Australia's only interest in their final Group Two game was to finish with a victory which they achieved with 15 balls to spare.

    Openers Finch and David Warner (48) added 98 runs in just over 11 overs to ensure they got the perfect start to chase down a moderate target against a side who finished their super 10 campaign without a victory.

    Paceman Al-Amin Hossain bowled Warner in the 12th over but not before the left-hander

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  • Only thinkers survive T20, says Parnell

    Wayne Parnell nearly echoes French philosopher Rene Descartes when he says only those bowlers who think would exist in cricket's slam-bang format.

    New Delhi: Twenty20 cricket is a constant battle of wits and bowlers who cannot think on their feet will end up cannon-fodder, says South African pace bowler Wayne Parnell.


    Representing Pune Warriors in this year's Indian Premier League, the 21-year-old left-arm seamer has seen how harshly some bowlers have been treated by unheralded batsmen such as Paul Valthaty and Bharat Chipli.


    Parnell nearly echoes French philosopher Rene Descartes when he says only those bowlers who think would exist in cricket's slam-bang format. "Batters come breaking new ideas every day. But I think as a fast bowler, you just need to be one step ahead," Parnell said.


    IPL Punjab batsman Valthaty, who does not make the cut even for Mumbai's Ranji Trophy squad, blasted an unbeaten 63-ball 120 against Chennai, while Deccan Chargers' Chipli, a veteran of just 15 first

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  • Kumble, Bhajji will maul Aussies conducive track: Ojha

    Pragyan Ojha believes elder craftsmen Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh would maul the visitors in the forthcoming Test series if they get a little help from the tracks.

    Pragyan Ojha has done his own assessment of Australia's famed batting line-up and the left-arm spinner believes elder craftsmen Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh would maul the visitors in the forthcoming Test series if they get a little help from the tracks.

     

    Along with Piyush Chawla, Ojha has been instrumental in exposing Australian top-order vulnerability against spin attack and he believes crisis would only compound for Ricky Ponting and his men if India rolls out turners and unleashes Kumble and Harbhajan.

     

    "It would depend on the track but though Australia have a strong line-up especially with (Ricky) Ponting, (Matthew) Hayden and (Michael) Hussey in the ranks I think they would be in trouble if the track offers help to the spinners," said Ojha, who claimed three of the nine Australian wickets claimed by the

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