Australia beats Bangladesh by eight wickets, facilitated by a stunning innings of 177 not out by Mitchell Marsh at No.3, guiding his team to a successful chase of 307 in Pune. Marsh’s highest ODI score helped Australia secure their second-successive record World Cup chase, marking their seventh straight win of the tournament. Steven Smith’s unbeaten 63 and David Warner’s contribution further solidified Australia’s strong batting lineup. Bangladesh suffered despite Towhid Hridoy’s impressive 74, as Adam Zampa and Marnus Labuschagne excelled for Australia. However, Bangladesh’s net run-rate remains unaffected, allowing them to have a chance of qualifying for the Champions Trophy. Despite Marsh’s exceptional performance, questions remain about the top seven’s balance. Warner’s dismissal opened the door for Smith to shine at No.4, easing any concerns about the batting lineup. Australia harbors concerns about Glenn Maxwell’s impending return. Labuschagne’s fielding and some notable run-outs were crucial in ensuring that Australia didn’t have to chase a higher total. Considering Australia’s overall performance, Bangladesh’s strong start came to naught as Australia’s bowlers lacked penetration. Despite some challenges, Australia’s convincing victory against Bangladesh bodes well for the team as they prepare for the upcoming semi-final against South Africa.
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