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Last Updated: Saturday, 2 August, 2003, 08:51 GMT 09:51 UK
Australia hammer Tigers
First ODI, Cairns: Australia 107-2 beat Bangladesh 105 all out by eight wickets

Matthew Hayden
Hayden was there for the duration as Australia ambled home in the 23rd over

Bangladesh keeper Khaled Mashud had a thumb shattered by Brett Lee as Australia handed out another lesson to the cricketing minnows.

Mashud - ruled out of the next two games in the three-match one-day series - was struck by one of the world's fastest bowlers as the international newcomers sank to an eight-wicket humbling.

A section of the sell-out crowd of 8,308, fearful of a Bangladesh batting failure, booed after Australia captain Ricky Ponting won the toss and sent Bangladesh in.

Their fears were soon realised as Bangladesh were skittled in 34 of their allotted 50 overs, before Australia smashed their winning runs in just 22.3 overs.

Damien Martyn showed he had made a full recovery from the broken finger he sustained in the World Cup when he ran out opener Hannan Sarkar in the second over.

Martyn, in his first match since the World Cup final, pounced on a ball and returned it alongside the stumps to Brad Hogg as Sarkar stuttered mid-pitch before being given out by the third umpire.

Australia's Brett Lee
Lee took 4-25 in a spell of fast, hostile bowling

Lee, who returned 4-25, then took three wickets in his next three overs.

Habibul Bashar (0) edged one to Adam Gilchrist before Al-Sahariar (8) gave Matthew Hayden a regulation first slip chance.

Alok Kapali (0) lost his leg stump when he strayed across the crease as a leg-side delivery straightened up as it went behind him.

Lee then had Sanwar Hossain (seven) caught behind as Bangladesh slipped to 33-5.

Jason Gillespie (3-23) replaced Lee and was immediately hit for three boundaries in five balls by Tushar Imran.

But on the last ball of the over Tushar (28) couldn't avoid a ball which came back at him and dabbed a catch to Ricky Ponting at second slip.

Gillespie continued the wicket-taking from the Mulgrave Road end when Mashud (18) was trapped leg before by a slower ball.

Bangladesh slipped to 80-8 when Andrew Symonds took an athletic catch diving forward from third slip to give Gillespie his third wicket.

Andy Bichel wrapped up the innings with two wickets in his fifth over, leaving Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud on 25 not out.

The miniscule victory target was of no bother to Australia with opener Matthew Hayden scoring 46, including a four to end the match in the 23rd over.

Ponting picked up 29 before being bowled in the second-to-last over.

The second match takes place at the same ground on Sunday.


Australia: Ricky Ponting (captain), Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, Damien Martyn, Michael Bevan, Darren Lehmann, Andrew Symonds, Brad Hogg, Brett Lee, Andy Bichel, Jason Gillespie. 12th man: Ian Harvey.

Bangladesh: Khaled Mahmud (captain), Hannan Sarkar, Al-Sahariar, Habibul Bashar, Sanwar Hossain, Tushar Imran, Alok Kopali, Khaled Mashud, Mohammad Rafique, Mashrafe Mortaza, Hasibul Hossain. 12th man: Javed Omar.

Umpires: David Shepherd, England, and Simon Taufel, Australia.


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