Mike Hussey saves Australia blushes in Bangladesh win

Australia entered the Super Eights phase of the Twenty20 World Cup by defeating by Bangladesh by 27-runs.

Dirk Nannes claimed a career-best 4-18 to take Australia to a 27-run win. Australia will play India in Barbados on Friday.

Nannes took three of the first four wickets to fall in the Bangladesh innings of 114, FOX Sports reports.

Defending a total of 7-141, Australia made a breakthrough in the opening over when Shaun Tait (1-15) removed Imrul Kayes for a duck.

Mohammad Ashraful fell for a duck in the next over and Nannes struck again twice in the fourth over of the innings putting Bangladesh in trouble at 4-15.

Captain Shakib Al Hasan hit 28 and was out to a diving catch from Mike Hussey at deep square leg.

Mike Hussey was named man of the match for his all-round effort, including three catches.

“Our top order obviously didn’t perform as well as we’d like. The conditions were a lot different to St Lucia. We probably didn’t adapt as well as we’d like,” skipper Michael Clarke said.

“But to scrape our way to 141, Huss played a wonderful innings as he always seems to do when we”re under pressure, and young Steve Smith batted really well. Our execution with the ball was spot on,” he added.

Earlier, Hussey and Smith had saved Australia after they were 6-65 in the 13th over.

Hussey hit an unbeaten 47 from 29 deliveries. Smith played an excellent knock of 27 from 18 balls. (ANI)

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