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Australia v Bangladesh
Antigua, 31 March 2007

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World Cup Super 8, Antigua: Australia 106-0 (13.5 ovs) bt Bangladesh 104-6 (22 ovs) by 10 wkts

By Jamie Lillywhite

Australia celebrate Glenn McGrath's record
The evergreen McGrath was playing his 244th one-day international
Glenn McGrath became the highest World Cup wicket-taker as Australia crushed Bangladesh by 10 wickets in a Super 8 match reduced to 22 overs per side.

The 37-year-old seamer struck twice in his first three overs and finished with 3-16, eclipsing Wasim Akram's landmark of 55 wickets in the competition.

It needed Mashrafe Mortaza's 25 in 17 balls to lift Bangladesh to 104-6.

Adam Gilchrist fired his 50th ODI fifty and in-form Matthew Hayden struck three sixes to seal victory in the 14th over.

Play began five hours after the scheduled start, with critics of the tournament given further opportunity to sharpen their knives.

The machinery trying to mop up the saturated outfield ground to a halt.

It resulted in the slightly ridiculous sight of a member of the groundstaff stomping on a small piece of sponge.

WORLD CUP WICKET-TAKERS
57 from 33 matches
Glenn McGrath (Aus)
55 from 38 matches
Wasim Akram (Pkn)
44 from 34 matches
Javagal Srinath (Ind)

Having been sent in on a sunny afternoon, the young Bangladesh openers seemed unsure how to pace the innings and both departed within four overs.

After Nathan Bracken forced Tamim Iqbal into an injudicious mis-timed drive, McGrath produced a perfect yorker to dislodge Shahriar Nafees.

Shaun Tait was introduced after four overs but struggled with his line from the outset and sent down three wides as his two overs went for 22.

Mohammad Ashraful, who made a century in the stunning Bangladesh victory over the Australians in England in 2005, made a memorable start to his innings.

He crouched down and tried to shovel McGrath over backward square and the ball spooned off the splice between the fielders for a single.

North Sound, Antigua
Intrepid groundstaff did their best with some primitive equipment

Having been driven over short cover to the boundary by Ashraful, McGrath cut one in and Ashraful looped to mid-on, where Ricky Ponting ran back and took a well-judged catch.

Shane Watson's involvement with the ball was limited to 1.4 overs, however, when he was forced to leave the field with a calf strain.

Mortaza employed a form of tennis stroke to hoick the returning McGrath for the first boundary in 12 overs and then launched Andrew Symonds back over his head into the stands.

Bracken employed a clever slower ball to dismiss Bashar, who swiped straight to Ponting at mid-wicket, but no-one could stop a chinese cut from Mortaza racing to the fine-leg fence and bringing up the 100 in the final over.

The Australians seemed intent on wrapping up the contest as quickly as possible, perhaps with an eye on improving their run-rate in the unlikely event it would be needed in their quest for a semi-final place.

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Gilchrist and Hayden both edged just short of the close catchers early in their innings but the wicketkeeper soon clipped three successive boundaries.

Hayden fired his 11th six of the tournament when he executed his now trademark brutal flat-batted drive from a good length delivery, that propels the ball as if from a cannon.

It was not only the shotmaking but the running between the wickets that Bangladesh would be wise to learn from, the two experienced left-handers in perfect control of the runs required.

Gilchrist reached his half-century from 40 balls with a skip down the wicket to left-arm spinner Mohammad Rafique that resulted in an effortless lofted drive and an ungainly, sprawling and ultimately unsuccessful attempt at a catch by a spectator in row three at long-off.

Hayden was caught - but it was in the second tier of the long-on grandstand in one of the biggest hits of the tournament - and another imperious maximum in the same over ended the match.

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