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Australia thrash B'desh by 180 runs

An understrength Australia, who made 254 for eight, crushed Bangladesh by 180 runs in their one-day international at TIO Stadium in Darwin.

cricket Updated: Aug 30, 2008 13:55 IST

An understrength Australia crushed Bangladesh by 180 runs in their one-day international at TIO Stadium in Darwin on Saturday.

The home side made 254 for eight from 50 overs after being sent in to bat in the match, the first of three in what was to be a warm-up for the Champions Trophy in Pakistan before that tournament was postponed due to security concerns.

In reply, Bangladesh mustered just 74, all out in the 28th over.

Left-armer Mitchell Johnson did the early damage for the hosts with 2-10 from six overs, while leg-spinner Cameron White wrapped up the tail with 3-5 from just 1.4 overs.

Only three Bangladesh batsmen made double figures, with opener Tamim Iqbal top-scoring with 21, and their best partnership just 16.

Earlier, youngster Shaun Marsh anchored the Australian total with 76 at the top of the order, while fellow West Australian Mike Hussey made a typically industrious 82.

However, Australia's effort with the bat was overshadowed by the absence of star all-rounder Andrew Symonds, who was sent home for a disciplinary breach and won't play any part in the series.

Cricket Australia officials said they would reveal the reasons for Symonds' departure after the match, but he was believed to have missed a team meeting because he had gone fishing.

Symonds was also suspended for two matches in 2005 after a drinking binge before Australia suffered its only loss to Bangladesh in one-day internationals.