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Australia v Bangladesh
Antigua, 31 March 2007

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Australia fans try to keep themselves amused

Australia fans get to the Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua only to find the match delayed by a waterlogged pitch

A member of the groundstaff tries to clear water from the outfield

After some intensive work by the groundstaff, a 22-overs per-side match gets under way at 1930 BST

Australia captain Ricky Ponting conducts the toss

Ricky Ponting wins the toss and decides to put Habibul Bashar's Bangladesh into bat

Bracken celebrates his early wicket

The Tigers' openers see off the first couple of overs before Tamim Iqbal falls to Nathan Bracken for three

McGrath and team-mates celebrate the second wicket

Soon after, Glenn McGrath bowls Shahriar Nafees to become joint top wicket-taker in World Cups alongside Wasim Akram

McGrath goes runs to Bracken after breaking Akram's record

Two overs later he breaks that record when Aftab Ahmed becomes his 56th victim courtesy of a fine catch by Bracken

McGrath enjoys the moment

The feat marks another significant moment in the career of a bowler who is set to retire at the end of the tournament

McGrath puts an arm round the injury-prone Watson

McGrath also unseats Mohammad Ashraful before escorting a disappointed Shane Watson from the pitch with a leg injury

Bashar scores 24 before falling in the final over

Bashar puts on 28 with Saqibul Hasan and 32 with Mashrafe Mortaza before finding Ponting's palms at mid-wicket

Mortaza sends a shot towards the boundary

Mortaza sees out the innings with youngster Mushfiqur Rahim as Bangladesh total 104-6 at a run rate of 4.73

Hayden finishes with 47 not out and Gilchrist 59 not out

The opening pair of Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist hit their target in under 14 overs as Australia win by 10 wickets



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