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Warner smashes 166 to beat Bangladesh and put Aussies on top of the World Cup ladder

Scott Bailey, June 21, 2019 7:33AM AP

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Australia's David Warner walks back to the pavilion after losing his wicket for 166 runs. Picture: AFP media_cameraAustralia's David Warner walks back to the pavilion after losing his wicket for 166 runs. Picture: AFP

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A determined* David Warner wants to keep making up for lost time after powering Australia to a 48-run win over Bangladesh at the World Cup.

Warner hit his second century of the tournament with a cracking* score of 166, as Australia all but secured their semi-final spot at Trent Bridge.

The left-hander’s knock* helped take Australia to 5-381, before Bangladesh responded with 8-333 in the highest scoring World Cup match of all time.

But in an absolute run-fest*, it was Warner who shone brightest. Just weeks into his return from the 12-month international ban, he is topping the run-scoring charts with 447 at an average of 89.40 runs.

The century marked the 16th of his career, drawing him equal with former Aussie player Adam Gilchrist in third on the all-time list for Australia.

Australia v Bangladesh - ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 media_cameraDavid Warner in action on his way to scoring 166 for Australia. Picture: Getty Images

An honest Warner admitted in an on-field interview he was “trying to make up for that year” in which he was banned over the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

“For me it’s about going out there and putting my best foot forward for the team and trying to score as many runs as I can.”

David Warner dominates Bangladesh

After combining for a 121-run opening stand with Aaron Finch (53) Warner and Usman Khawaja (89) then put on 192 off just 142 balls for the second wicket.

Warner started slower — his hundred coming off 110 balls — before exploding into action with his final 66 runs from just 37 deliveries. He was eventually dismissed after being caught.

Mushfiqur Rahim also struck an unbeaten 102 for Bangladesh in their side’s highest ever one-day total.

Mitchell Starc media_cameraAustralia’s Mitchell Starc bowls during the Cricket World Cup match between Australia and Bangladesh at Trent Bridge. Picture: AP

Aussie bowlers Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Starc and Marcus Stoinis all took two wickets before Bangladesh rallied late, but the high run target set by Australia was too much.

The win means Australia are now first on the World Cup ladder on 10 points and could only miss the finals if they lose their last three games and a number of other results go against them.

Australia plays games against England and New Zealand at Lord’s in London next week.

GLOSSARY

  • determined: very focused on achieving something
  • cracking: impressive
  • knock: score
  • run-fest: high scoring match

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