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Lee’s hat-trick dominates crushing win over Bangladesh

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Australia ensured they weren’t going to allow Bangladesh do a Zimbabwe. The bowling and batting were top notch resulting in an effortless nine-wicket win with 37 balls to spare. This match played will be remembered for a long time as history was created by the Australian Speed Gun – Brett Lee. In the 17th over of the match, Lee picked up the first ever hat-trick in this mini version of the game.

The Tigers were asked to bat first by Ricky Ponting and for the first time got a start from their openers, although a steady one with 40 for 1 in 6.6 overs. Tamim Iqbal stayed till the 11th over but could manage only 32 from his 40 deliveries with the Aussies keeping it extremely tight. Ashraful failed again and in the 17th over, Brett Lee paralyzed the Bangladeshi innings with his hat-trick which started with Shakib Al Hasan getting caught behind in the 3rd ball, Mortaza getting yorked and Alok Kapali getting right infront to the hat-trick ball. The only notable contribution was from Aftab Ahmed apart from Tamim. Aftab made 31 from 34 before getting out in the final over. Just the one six came in the entire innings for Bangladesh who were restricted to 123 for 8. Lee finished with 3 for 27, Bracken with 2 for 14 in 3 and Stuart Clark doing a McGrath with 1 for 13 in his 4 overs.

Australians hurried to victory in the 14th over itself with Gilchrist and Hayden providing an onslaught. Gilchrist couldn’t quite stay till the end as he got run out with just a few runs to get. Gilchrist made 43 from 28 with four sixes out of the opening partnership of 104. Hayden remained unbeaten on a powerful 73 that took 48 balls which had come with 9 fours and 3 sixes. Lee was given the Man of the Match.

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