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Australia beat Bangladesh by 8 wkts

Opener Shaun Marsh scored 69 not out as Australia defeated Bangladesh by eight wickets to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the ODI series.

cricket Updated: Sep 03, 2008, 12:06 IST

Opener Shaun Marsh scored 69 not out as Australia defeated Bangladesh by eight wickets to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in their limited-overs cricket series.

Australia dismissed Bangladesh for 117 before Marsh posted another half-century stand with opening partner Shane Watson. The home side reached the victory target of 118 in just 22.4 overs, with Mike Hussey not out eight.

Australia won the first game by 180 runs last weekend. The third and final match is on Saturday, also at Darwin's Marrara Cricket Ground.

Bangladesh's batsmen offered little resistance and were all out in 36.1 overs after making just 74 in 27.4 overs in the first match. Tamim Iqbal was out to Nathan Bracken off the first ball of the day, a perfect outswinger, and his dismissal paved the way for a quick finish. Bangladesh slumped to 3-15 after six overs after Bracken and Stuart Clark struck in successive overs. Mitchell Johnson took 3-17, Clark 2-15 and Bracken 2-16. The early finish to the Bangladesh innings gave Watson and Marsh nine overs to bat before the break, and they had the job nearly half done by cruising to 46 without loss.

Their eventual stand of 73, when Watson was trapped lbw for 29, was their third of 70 or more in six matches batting together for Australia.

Marsh followed his 76 in the first game with another strong performance containing some sweetly-timed pull shots and flicks off his pads, a lofty four over mid-wicket off a free hit delivery and a six down the ground near the end.

The left-handed Marsh has scored three half-centuries in six innings for Australia, after he starred in the inaugural Indian Premier League tournament earlier this year.

Spinner Shakib Al Hasan was the only successful bowler for Bangladesh, and his 2-38 also included the wicket of captain Michael Clarke (1), out stumped trying to hit over the top. Wicketkeeper Dhiman Ghosh top-scored for Bangladesh with 30, and took to legspinner Cameron White, but threw away the chance to post a decent score when he holed out down the ground in Clark's first over of his second spell.

Johnson bowled a few loose deliveries early, but dismissed Zunaed Siddique (21) and Shakib Al Hasan (19) in successive overs, after the pair posted a stand of 38 for the fourth wicket. White finished with 2-39 from seven overs, his longest spell in international cricket.

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