Warner's WC best 166 powers Australia to set mammoth target for Bangladesh

Tanya Simon
June 20, 2019

Warner, who struck 166 off 147 balls (14x4, 5x6), smashed his second ton in this edition of the tournament when he took the Bangladesh bowlers to the cleaners.

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"I felt a little bit bogged down and frustrated".

"I personally thought it was a score they should have been looking to defend, and there just wasn't any intensity in the field".

- The outright second-place holder on the list of most 150+ scores in ODI cricket, behind only Rohit Sharma (seven). Warner looked confident throughtout his innings and clobbered Bangladeshi bowlers easily through all corners of the park.

Australia became the first team to achieve two century partnerships for the first two wickets in a World Cup, but it would have been a tad disappointed with how the innings finished.

Warner started the Cricket World Cup 2019 on a high with an unbeaten 89 against Afghanistan but he did not score big in the second match against West Indies.

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On the two changes to the line-up, Mashrafe said, "Mohammad Saifuddin is out because of the back spasm". Captain Mashrafe Mortaza is the only survivor from either side.

The Caribbean side attracted criticism for their persistence with the tactic of short-pitched bowling, which worked well against Pakistan and Australia but backfired against the Tigers, who completed their highest-ever run chase of 322 to win with 51 balls remaining.

But that did not stop Warner pressing on to a hundred.

It marks the first time this tournament Warner has gone at a strike rate of above 100 as he finished with 14 boundaries and five sixes.

The stage was set to go after the bowlers and Glenn Maxwell produced a 10-ball 32, which had three sixes and two fours.

A spell of rain halted the match after the 49th over, but the sky cleared shortly afterwards.

Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and elected to bat first against Bangladesh in a World Cup match in Nottingham on Thursday.

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