David Warner’s World Cup redemption tour is continuing to build steam as the Australian opening batsman thrashed more records on his way to 166 from 147 balls.
Warner was the anchor as Australia hit its third highest score of all-time, scoring 5/381 from its 50 overs.
With a mountain ahead of them, Bangladesh fought valiantly but fell 48 runs short at 8/333.
It was Bangladesh’s highest ever ODI total, built on the back of Mushfiqur Rahim’s unbeaten 102 off 97 balls.
Warner’s masterclass was the eighth highest score by an Australia in ODI history but only his fourth highest ODI score.
He is the first player to make two scores over 150 in World Cup matches and holds second place on the list of the most 150+ scores in ODI cricket behind only India’s Rohit Sharma, who has seven.
Warner also became the first batsman to score more than 150 against six different nations.
The 32-year-old batsman won the man of the match award but admitted the personal achievement meant little in the grand scheme of trying to win a World Cup.
“Obviously it’s a great achievement but for us it’s about getting these two points and moving on to the next game at Lord’s (against England),” Warner said.
“It was a tad slow but credit to the way Bangladesh fought there, Mushfiqur played a fantastic innings. It was a grind for the bowlers, it was very difficult to take wickets but we got across the line and got the two points.”
The win moves Australia back to the top of the ladder on 10 points and pushes the side ever closer to sealing a semi-final spot. Bangladesh is ranked fifth on five points.
Australia’s openers Warner and Aaron Finch continue to slay bowling attacks with another century stand. It was Australia’s second century opening stand, while the pair has also had three fifty run opening stands.
So successful have they been, Finch and Warner have scored more than 500 runs as a partnership, way ahead of Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera in second on the list, having put on partnerships worth 207 so far in the tournament.
The stand ended at the hands of part-timer Soumya Sarkar. Bowling for the first time in the 2019 World Cup, Sarkar bowled his gentle 120km/h medium pacers just outside off stump with Finch steering the ball straight to Rubel Hossain in the gully.
Everyone in the ground was in disbelief, but none more than Finch himself, who audibly said “oh no” on the stump mic.
After missing his opportunity when Finch scored his monster 153 in the last innings, Warner continued to knock the ball around building towards his century.
Warner brought up his second milestone of the tournament off 110 balls with a push into the leg side, celebrating with his trademark leap and kissing the Aussie badge on his helmet.
The 32-year-old has now matched Indian captain Virat Kohli as the second quickest batsman to 16 ODI centuries. (News.com.au)