Hussey leads Aussies to 141-7 against BD

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: Michael Hussey revived Australia''s innings after they collapsed against Bangladesh at the Kensington Oval to give the Asian side hope of qualifying for the Super Eights of the World Twenty20.

Australia, who slumped to 65 for six inside 13 overs, finished on 141 for six here on Wednesday after a stand of 74 between Hussey, unbeaten on 47 and Steven Smith (27). Hussey faced 29 balls with a six and four fours

They were the only two Australia batsmen to make more than 16 as their side collapsed in the face of disciplined bowling by a Bangladesh side coached by Jamie Siddons, a former South Australia team-mate of Aussie coach Tim Nielsen.

Pace bowler Mashrafe Mortaza led the way with two wickets for 28 runs from four overs after Australia captain Michael Clarke won the toss and batted.

Bangladesh who defied all the odds to beat Australia in a one-day international Cardiff in 2005, needed not only to win this match to go through but to do so by a sufficiently wide margin to improve their net run-rate to get ahead of either Australia or Pakistan.

Australia, on a pitch offering pace and bounce, slumped to 37 for three inside seven overs.

Mortaza, maintaining a good line, struck first when Shane Watson, who had made 81 against Pakistan, miscued a pull and was caught by Aftab Ahmed behind square for four.

Left-hander David Warner struck three typically pugnacious boundaries but trying to loft Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan''s second ball for six holed out to Ahmed in the deep for 16.

Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin also fell to a top-edged cross bat shot, caught by Shafiul Islam off Abdur Razzak.

And wickets continued to fall as Australia captain Michael Clarke struck spinner Mohammad Ashraful straight to Jahurul Islam for 16.

Astonishingly, Australia were now 52 for four in the 10th over and next ball David Hussey almost went the same way, only this time Jahurul, running in, dropped the catch.

Not that David Hussey made much of his reprieve as on nine he skied an intended pull off Mortaza to wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim to leave Australia 57 for five in the 11th over.

The collapse then continued as left-arm spinner Shakib bowled a bemused Cameron White (eight) with a ball that bounced and Australia were 65 for six in the 13th over.

Michael Hussey, in when Australia were five down, staunched the flow of wickets and struck a couple of Mortaza full tosses for six and four respectively before late cutting another boundary in the 17th over as his side advanced to 106 for six.

Smith weighed in two sixes of his own, off Razzak, in the penultimate over, before he was run out in the last.

Batsmen Jahirul Islam and Aftab Ahmed were drafted into the Bangladesh side with Tamim Iqbal and Suhrawadi Shuvo the men to make way.

Victory for Australia would guarantee their place in the second round but even a loss could still send Clarke''s men through to the Super Eights on superior run-rate after their initial 34-run Group A win over Pakistan.

By contrast Bangladesh, who lost to Pakistan by 21 runs, not only needed to win against Australia to go through to the second phase but by a sufficiently wide margin to improve their negative run rate, which is currently the worst of any side in the group.