David Warner’s century paved the way for Australia to beat Bangladesh by 48 runs at Trent Bridge yesterday. Warner made Bangladesh pay for dropping him on 10 with an innings of 166 -- the left-handed opener’s second century of the World Cup -- in a total of 381-5.
Bangladesh, needing to surpass Ireland’s World Cup record chase of 329-7 against England in 2011, struggled to keep up with the required run-rate.
Mushfiqur Rahim hit a fine 102 not out but the wicket-keeper’s entertaining fifth-wicket stand of 127 with Mahmudullah (69) came too late to alter the course of the match.
Warner drew level with legendary wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist in third spot among Australia’s leading ODI century-makers and is now behind only Ricky Ponting (29 tons) and Mark Waugh (18).
“It’s a great achievement [equaling Adam Gilchrist’s hundred tally] but for us it’s about getting these two points and moving on to Lord’s,” said man-of-the-match Warner.
“You’ve got to adapt and it’s about momentum, so far things are working well,” he added. “It was a tad slow, the wicket, but it was a grind for the bowlers, it was very difficult for the bowlers.”