Warner hits 166 as Australia beat Bangladesh

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David Warner’s accomplished 166 was the bedrock for a 48-run win that took holders Australia top of the World Cup table and damaged Bangladesh’s chances of making the semi-finals.

Warner found some explosive form late on to push Australia to their second-highest World Cup score of 381-5.

Bangladesh chased gamely but could not kick on in the closing stages.

The four semi-finalists look set already – with 19 matches of the group stage still to play.

Australia look likely to be joined in the last four by hosts England, India and New Zealand, although fifth-placed Bangladesh will hope to take advantage of any slip-ups.

Warner now has scored two centuries in eight days – a fine return after serving a year-long ban for ball tampering – and becomes the first player in World Cup history to pass 150 twice.

Bangladesh, set a World Cup record target to chase, saw Mushfiqur Rahim bring up his 100 in the penultimate over as the two teams amassed the most runs in a men’s World Cup game.

The scorecard accurately suggests an ultimately comfortable win for holders Australia – but they may yet have to up their game, and their scoring rate, in the knockout stage.

They were steady in laying the foundations for their mammoth score, picking up just 53 runs in the first 10 overs and taking 164 balls to score their opening 150 runs on the batting-friendly pitch that saw England score their world record 481 last year. (BBC Sport)

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