Australia vs Bangladesh: Mitchell Marsh Shines as Team Heads into Semifinals with Seven Consecutive Wins, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

BAN 306/8 (50)

AUS 307/2 (44.4)

Australia won by 8 wkts

PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Mitchell Marsh

Cricbuzzteam, Australia vs Bangladesh, Australia had a shaky start to their campaign, but they enter the semifinals with an impressive streak of seven consecutive wins. Whether it’s the outstanding performances of the Big Show or the mesmerizing spin skills of Zampa, they’ve managed to find a way to success. This seems to be in line with Australia’s typical performance in world tournaments, doesn’t it? It brings back memories of the 1999 semi-final between Australia and South Africa.

How many of you recall that iconic game in Birmingham? If we can experience even a fraction of the excitement and drama from that match, it would be a true delight. Now, we’re at the final stretch – one last league game tomorrow before diving into the knockout week. But before all of that unfolds, Pakistan is currently chasing 338 against England in Kolkata.

Pat Cummins, the captain of Australia, is feeling great about their win. They believed the pitch was good, and all 15 players in the team have now played in this tournament. They’re heading to Kolkata, where they’ll review things, and there might be some tough decisions in selecting the playing XI. Cummins praised Mitchell Marsh for his excellent play and mentioned that having him in the upcoming matches is exciting. Cummins highlighted their seven consecutive wins, especially the remarkable achievement of chasing 300 runs in the game.

Najmul Hossain Shanto, the captain of Bangladesh, mentioned that two run-outs changed the game’s momentum. Despite a good start, losing those wickets affected their progress. Shanto felt that if they had scored 340-350 runs, the outcome might have been different. He acknowledged the good performance of their fast bowlers but pointed out that the spinners weren’t as effective in the middle overs.

Shanto expressed disappointment in not playing their best throughout the tournament and emphasized the need to improve, focusing on teamwork rather than individual performances. He specifically praised Mahmuduallah’s batting and Shakib’s bowling in a couple of games but stressed the importance of overall team improvement over the nine games played.

Worst bowling averages in a World Cup edition (min. 60 overs bowled):
129.5 – Daniel Vettori in 2003 WC
106.6 – Dion Nash in 1999 WC
79.6 – Mustafizur Rahman in 2023 WC*
69.3 – Rashid Khan in 2019 WC
63.6 – M Theekshana in 2023 WC

Most sixes for Australia in a World Cup innings:
10 – Glenn Maxwell vs AFG, Wankhede, 2023
9 – David Warner vs PAK, Bengaluru, 2023
9 – Mitchell Marsh vs PAK, Bengaluru, 2023
9 – Mitchell Marsh vs BAN, Pune, today*

Highest partnership for Australia vs Bangladesh in ODIs:

192 – U Khawaja & D Warner, Nottingham, 2019
175* – Mitchell Marsh & Steve Smith, Pune, today*
170 – Ricky Ponting & Shane Watson, Mirpur, 2011

Most runs conceded by a BAN bowler in a World Cup game:
86 – Abdur Razzak vs SL, Port of Spain, 2007
85 – Nasum Ahmed vs AUS, Pune, today*
83 – Rubel Hossain vs AUS, Nottingham, 2019
82 – Taskin Ahmed vs SL, Melbourne, 2015

Highest individual scores against Bangladesh in WCs:
177* – Mitchell Marsh, Pune, today*
175 – Virender Sehwag, Mirpur, 2011
174 – Quinton de Kock, Wankhede, 2023
166 – David Warner, Nottingham, 2019

Highest individual scores for Australia in WCs:
201* – Glenn Maxwell vs AFG, Mumbai WS, 2023 
178 – David Warner vs AFG, Perth, 2015 
177* – Mitchell Marsh vs BAN, Pune, today*
166 – David Warner vs BAN, Nottingham, 2019

Most runs by an Australian batsman in ODI WC:
1743 – Ricky Ponting (42 inns)
1491 – David Warner (27 inns)
1102 – Steven Smith (28 inns)*
1085 – Adam Gilchrist (31 inns)
1004 – Mark Waugh (22 inns)

Highest target successfully chased by Australia in WCs:
307 vs BAN, Pune, today*
292 vs AFG, Wankhede, 2023
287 vs NZ, Chennai, 1996
272 vs SA, Leeds, 1999

Highest target chased against Bangladesh in ODIs:
327 by Pakistan, Mirpur, 2014
307 by Australia, Pune, today*
306 by England, The Oval, 2017
304 by Zimbabwe, Harare, 2022

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Mitchell Marsh, the Player of the Match, is thrilled with the win, closing the league games on a high note for the team. He expressed the importance of backing himself at the number 3 position, especially with the knowledge that he’ll have to move down when Head returns. Despite a few failures, Marsh maintained confidence in his ability to perform.

He dedicated his performance to his late grandpop, a great man, and believes he would be happy with the team’s success. Marsh feels the team is peaking at the right time and looks forward to the upcoming semi-finals in Kolkata. Despite an unusual scenario of winning the Man of the Match award despite conceding nearly fifty runs in four overs, Marsh is eager to contribute more to the team.

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