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Bangladesh Vs Australia Vs England

June 20, 2005

What a weekend!

So the temperature soars to just over 30 degrees Centigrade. And the Aussies took on Bangladesh at Cardiff. A thrilling last few overs led to Bangladesh beating Australia with 4 balls left! An awesome innings from 20 year old Ashraful (100 runs from 100 balls) who fell just after his century, and then the innings closed off with a six from Aftab and the single to take the match. The scenes at home were noisy as Ruqaiiya started crying at our whoops and screams!

Then came Sunday. Another boiling hot day, and Australia take on England. Amazing bowling by Steve Harmison lead to 3 wickets in 3 balls and and awesome catch by Collingwood led to Harmison’s 4th. But Mike Hussey & Michael Clarke stepped in and helped the Aussies rack up 252. Then came England. Trescothick and Strauss for 16 each and England were in trouble. Collingwood and Flintoff failed to really make an impact but in stepped the captain Michael Vaughan who put up a respectable total. Then cam Kevin Pietersen who defied the English selectors to deliver another amazing batting display against the Aussies. The boundaries racked up while the wickets of Solanki and Jones fell. Left with Lewis as support, Pietersen knocked the ball around the park and on one occasion out of the park.

As Vaughan said, “We didn’t chase too well until Kevin Pietersen came in and played an unbelievable knock, almost genius-like, to see us home. It was one of the best innings I’ve seen in one-day cricket.”

England won by 3 wickets: 253-7


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