Cummins’ hat-trick and Warner’s unbeaten half-century helps Australia to a win over Bangladesh

ANTIGUA: In a thrilling start to their Super Eight campaign at the T20 World Cup, Australia secured a rain-affected 28-run victory over Bangladesh, bolstered by a hat-trick from fast bowler Pat Cummins and an unbeaten half-century from David Warner.

Recalled to the squad alongside fellow quick Josh Hazlewood after being rested against Scotland, Cummins delivered a match-changing spell that saw him take three consecutive wickets. This exceptional performance helped restrict Bangladesh to 140 for eight. Australia’s bowling attack, spearheaded by Cummins, applied relentless pressure on the South Asian side, preventing them from building substantial partnerships.

Rain intervened during Australia’s chase, with the match ultimately decided by the Duckworth-Lewis method. At the time of abandonment, Australia were comfortably placed at 100 for two after 11.2 overs. David Warner stood firm with an unbeaten 53, while Glenn Maxwell supported with 14 not out. The solid foundation laid by Warner ensured Australia’s position at the top of Group 1, just ahead of India, thanks to a slightly superior net run-rate.

This victory at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium places Australia in a strong position moving forward in the tournament. Bangladesh, on the other hand, find themselves fourth in the group, trailing Afghanistan, who were defeated by India in their opening Super Eight match.

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