Australia make hard work of Bangladesh target in World T20

first_imgBANGALORE, India (AP):Australia made hard work of three three-wicket win over Bangladesh in the World Twenty20 match yesterday.After Bangladesh lost the toss and scored 156-5 at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Australia reached 157-7 in 18.3 overs for their first win in Group Two.”We made it difficult at the end and Bangladesh bowled quite well in the middle overs,” Australia captain Steven Smith said. “We’ve had a bit of travel, but it’s not an excuse.”Openers Usman Khawaja and Shane Watson made a confident start with 62 in 7.2 overs for the first wicket. But from 95-1, the Australians began losing wickets at regular intervals Shakib Al Hasan doing the bulk of the damage with 3-27 and Mustafizur Rahman picking up 2-30.Khawaja seemed like he could do nothing wrong during his 58 from 45 balls that was laced with seven fours and a six. In contrast, once the opening pair had departed at 115-3, Smith (14), David Warner (17), Mitchell Marsh (6) and John Hastings (3) failed to get going.But for Glenn Maxwell, who scored a 15-ball 26 with the help of two fours and a pair of sixes, the result could easily have been different.RESPECTABLETOTALEarlier, an unbeaten 49 from 29 balls by Mahmudullah, with seven fours and a six, enabled Bangladesh to post a respectable total.Bangladesh were reduced to 25-2 in the seventh over, Shane Watson doing the damage. He first had Soumya Sarkar (1) caught at point and then claimed Sabbir Rahman (12).The introduction of Adam Zampa’s spin tilted the game in Australia’s favour as he claimed three wickets, the batsmen unable to read his leg breaks.Zampa, who took 3-23, said it was “nice to make some difference”.Australia are third in Group Two with one victory and one defeat, by eight runs to New Zealand. Bangladesh are bottom.”Our fielding and bowling could have been better,” said Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza. “Two losses in a row, but we have two matches left and we’ll see what happens.”last_img read more

Jose Mourinho’s betrayal rant ‘a slap in the face for Chelsea players’, talkSPORT told

first_imgVeteran goalkeeper Shay Given has criticised Jose Mourinho’s latest media outburst, saying the manager’s accusations of betrayal are a ‘slap in the face’ to an already suffering Chelsea team.Mourinho pointed the finger of blame at his players following Monday’s 2-1 defeat to Premier League leaders Leicester City, saying they did not follow the plan he worked for days to formulate ahead of the crucial clash.The boss, whose future at the club has been the topic of discussion with the club’s board over the past 24 hours, said after the game: “My work was betrayed.“I worked four days on this match. I prepared everything related to the opponent. I identified four movements where they scored almost all their goals. My players got all that information, you can ask them, they are honest guys who will tell you it is true.”But Given, special guest co-host on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, believes publicly shaming his squad was the wrong call from the experienced coach.“I think betrayal is a very strong word,” said the Stoke City glovesman.“You’re supposed to be in the same camp, together and pulling in the same direction, so to use the word betrayal is a real slap in the face to the players.“By saying that, he’s effectively washing his hands of the team’s performance, but as the manager he should be doing the opposite and backing his players and sticking up for them.“If he does feel betrayed, he should have kept it within the four walls of the dressing room, and not brought it out into the media.”It’s been a remarkable change of fortunes for reigning Premier League champions Chelsea, who are now just one point above the relegation zone after Monday’s loss.The team look a shadow of the side which cantered to the title with relative ease last season, and Given believes the Blues’ fall from grace is one of the biggest in football history.He added: “Chelsea are not at it. It doesn’t look like they’re playing for the manager.“They’ve gone from Premier League champions to a relegation fight. It’s the biggest fall we’ve ever seen in any league in the world.”last_img read more