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  Thursday, 19 September, 2002, 09:48 GMT 10:48 UK
Classy Australia crush Bangladesh
Jason Gillespie
Gillespie took a wicket with his second ball
ICC Champions Trophy, Colombo: Australia 133-1 (20.4 overs) beat Bangladesh 129 all out (45.2 overs)

Australia booked their place in the ICC Champions Trophy semi-finals with a nine-wicket victory over Bangladesh.

Jason Gillespie took three wickets as Bangladesh were bowled out for 129 - their lowest score in three matches against the World Cup holders and the lowest in the tournament so far.

And Matthew Hayden clubbed his 10th four over extra cover to pass their target with a massive 29.2 overs remaining.

Ricky Ponting's team now head off to the Maldive islands for a short break ahead of their semi-final against Sri Lanka next Friday.

The defeat was Bangladesh's 19th successive one-day loss and their 51st in 54 matches.

Hayden finished 67 not out from 70 deliveries, including a trademark hooked six off opening bowler Tapash Baisya.

But there was a single breakthrough, Adam Gilchrist dismissed lbw for 54 attempting to sweep slow left-armer Mohammad Rafique.

Matthew Hayden
Hayden finished the job in style
In 512 one-day internationals, they have still only completed one 10-wicket win.

Bangladesh could not have made a worse start as Gillespie struck twice in his opening over leaving them on nought for two.

Gillespie trapped Al-Sahariar lbw with his second delivery, the eighth ball of the match, and then removed Habibul Bashar two balls later.

It did not take long for Glenn McGrath to get in on the act and he enticed Javed Omar to drive in the air to cover and they were rocking on 10 for three.

Gillespie then got his third wicket as Mazharul Haque was caught behind.

But Bangladesh then launched a recovery of sorts, Alok Kapali scoring 45 from 75 deliveries to take them past the 100-run mark.

Kapali, 18, had only managed a top score of eight in his previous three one-day internationals.

Skipper Khaled Mashud also stood firm with a 69-ball knock of 22 before he was bowled by Shane Warne.

Mashud's decision to bat first was greeted with some surprise as the inexperienced Bangladesh side were not expected to be much of a match for Australia's vaunted bowling attack.

Ponting could afford to relieve Gillespie and McGrath and give fast bowler Brett Lee and spinners Darren Lehmann and Shane Warne an extended bowl.

Lee picked up two wickets and Warne one, while Shane Watson wrapped up the innings with two late lbws, both given out after referral to the third umpire Srinivas Venkataraghavan.

Australia: Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Bevan, Adam Gilchrist, Jason Gillespie, Matthew Hayden, Brett Lee, Darren Lehmann, Jimmy Maher, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Shane Watson.

Bangladesh: Khaled Mashud (captain), Al-Sahariar, Tapash Baishya, Habibul Bashar, Mazharul Haque, Tushar Imran, Manjural Islam, Alok Kapali, Khaled Mahmud, Javed Omar, Mohammad Rafique.

Umpires: Asoka de Silva and Russell Tiffin.

BBC Sport's Ken Wilson
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