Bangladesh lost against the mighty Australia by 48 runs but only after a relentless brave chase that took the Tigers as far as scoring 333 for eight -- their highest ever ODI total -- at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham yesterday.
Even Australia skipper Aaron Finch admitted that the way Bangladesh chased the mammoth 381 for five posted by his team gave him a headache at times.
"Every time there was a partnership going, there were a few butterflies," said Finch at after the match in Nottingham.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim played a brilliant knock of unbeaten 102 and was well supported by Mahmudullah (69) during the course of their chase. The duo stitched together a 127-run partnership and kept Bangladesh in the hunt. Before that, opener Tamim Iqbal (62) and Shakib al Hasan (41) also shared a 79-run partnership for the second wicket and made sure the Bangladesh were not out of the race. However, the target turned out to be too much for them and the Tigers fell short on the day.
With 10 points from six games, Australia are now at the top of the points table and look almost certain of playing in the semifinal. However, Finch urged that the defending champions are still not thinking about the last-four.
"Not yet thinking about semis. Hopefully, we will secure a place in the top four." Finch concluded.