In match 43 of the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023, Australia and Bangladesh faced off on Saturday, November 11, at Pune's Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
Winning the toss, Pat Cummins elected to bowl first. After missing the previous match, Steve Smith made his way back into the starting lineup, and Sean Abbott made his ODI World Cup debut. Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell were rested for this inconsequential match. Nasum Ahmed took the place of Shakib Al Hasan, who was declared out of the competition due to a finger injury sustained in the team's most recent match against Sri Lanka. Mustafizur Rahman and Mahedi Hasan also rejoined the team.
Litton Das and Tanzid Hasan gave Bangladesh a quick start, scoring 76 runs in 11.2 overs. Najmul Hossain Shanto, the acting skipper, looked impressive during his 45-run knock, but he was sadly run out. At number four in the batting order, Towhid Hridoy produced an outstanding innings of 74 from 79 balls. Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Mehidy Hasan Miraz made valuable contributions, enabling Bangladesh to reach a respectable score of 306/8 in 50 overs. With outstanding figures of 2/32 in his ten overs, Adam Zampa stood out. Abbott was costly, but he also took two wickets, while Marcus Stoinis also contributed by taking Hridoy out.
In response, Australia lost Travis Head in the third over as he dragged one onto the stumps off the bowling of Taskin Ahmed. But Australia took the lead thanks to a 123-run partnership off 102 balls from Mitchell Marsh and the highly effective David Warner. Despite the southpaw's 53 off 61 balls departure, Marsh carried on destroying the Bangladeshi bowlers en route to an incredible century. In fact, after he reached his hundred, he didn't back down. Marsh went on to score 177* off 132 balls, while Steve Smith remained unbeaten on 63 off 64 balls as the 'Men in Yellow' won by eight wickets with 5.2 overs to spare.
Brief scores: Bangladesh 306/8 in 50 overs (Towhid Hridoy 74, Najmul Hossain Shanto 45; Adam Zampa 2-32, Sean Abbott 2-61) lost to Australia 307/2 in 44.4 overs (Mitchell Marsh 177*, Steve Smith 63*, David Warner 53) by 8 wickets.