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MELBOURNE---Glenn Maxwell scored
96 runs from 83 balls to guide Australia
to a series-clinching three-wicket win
over India yesterday in the third of five
Maxwell hit a six and a boundary at the
start of the 49th over to tie the scores,
but was out trying to hit a six to raise triple
figures, leaving James Faulkner (20 not
out) to hit the winning single with seven
balls to spare.
The win gave Australia a winning 3-0
lead in the five-match series following an
opening five-wicket win in Perth and a
seven-wicket in Brisbane.
India, batting first for the third game in
a row, posted 295-6 with Virat Kohli scor-
ing 117---his 24th ODI century---and sharing
partnerships of 119 for the second wicket
with Shikhar Dhawan (68) and 109 with
Ajinkya Rahane (50). John Hastings led
the Australian attack with 4-58 from 10
Australia chased down 300-plus targets
in Perth and Brisbane and was in a com-
fortable position chasing 296 with opener
Shaun Marsh scoring 62 in partnerships
of 48 with Aaron Finch (21) and 64 with
Steve Smith (41) for the first two wickets.
Ravindra Jadeja took two wickets to derail
Australia s positive start, having Smith
caught behind and George Bailey (23)
stumped, but Maxwell remained composed
in the middle and took Australia to the
brink of victory before he skied a catch to
Dhawan off Umesh Yadav s bowling when
the result was secure.
Kohli provided the highlight for India,
repairing the innings after the uncharac-
teristic failure of Rohit Sharma, who was
out for 9 after making 171 not out in the
first game and 124 in the second.
Kohli continued a brilliant run of form
after making 91 in the first match and 59
in the second. He passed 7,000 ODI runs
in the process, becoming the fastest bats-
man to reach the milestone in the one-
KHULNA---Bangladesh tightened its grip
on the four-match T20 series against Zim-
babwe, securing a comfortable 42-run
win in the second game yesterday.
The hosts scored a competitive 167-3
after opting to bat first, and a disciplined
bowling display then restricted Zimbabwe
Sabbir Rahman was key to Bangladesh s
victory with a brilliant all-round perform-
ance. He first hit an unbeaten 43 and then
claimed 3-11 off 2.1 overs to rattle Zim-
Opener Soumya Sarkar also contributed
43 off 33 balls to give his side a fluent start.
Shakib Al Hasan added 27 not out.
Zimbabwe started well but Bangladesh s
bowlers hit back to stall progress. Opener
Hamilton Masakadza resisted with 30 while
Malcolm Waller made 29.
Bangladesh leads the series 2-0.
"Our goal was to win each and every
match," Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mor-
taza said. "We played well as a bowling
unit. Batting wasn t that bad but we need
more improvements. Those who get set
should play a long innings."
Soumya and Tamim Iqbal combined for
45 runs in six overs in a boundary-filled
start for Bangladesh but Tamim, who scored
23 off 17 balls, was dismissed before the
first powerplay ended after a top edge off
a slower delivery from Taurai Muzurabani.
Soumya continued hitting out but his
aggressive mood led to his dismissal, caught
while trying to hit leg spinner Graeme Cre-
mer over the deep mid-wicket boundary.
Mahmudullah (1) was caught behind after
trying to cut a delivery that didn t rise as
Mushfiqur Rahim brought some calm to
the crease, while Sabbir hit three sixes in
three overs as Bangladesh gained the
While Sabbir was clearing the ropes
effortlessly, Rahim smartly rotated the
scoreboard with a series of singles and
made 24 before retiring with a right ham-
string injury, having added 52 runs with
Shakib accelerated the scoring with Sab-
bir to ensure Bangladesh set Zimbabwe a
The tourists also had a good start as
Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda brought up
50 in seven overs.
Mashrafe broke the partnership by dis-
missing Sibanda for 21 and Sabbir Rahman
struck a bigger blow by removing in-form
Maskadza after he looked set to hit out.
Masakadza scored 30 off 28, leaving Zim-
babwe at 55-2.
His dismissal sparked the collapse with
Waller the only non-opener to make double
Left arm fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman
"The bowlers did well to restrict them
to 160-odd. We just needed a bit more
with the bat than we managed," stand-in
captain Masakadza said.
The third T20 is on Wednesday.
HAMILTON---Martin Guptill made 87 and
Kane Williamson 72 in an unbroken record
partnership of 171 that steered New Zealand
to a 10-wicket win over Pakistan in the
second Twenty20 cricket international yes-
terday, leveling the three match series at
1-1.New Zealand took four leg byes from the
fourth ball of the 18th over to win the match
with eight balls to spare. In doing so Guptill
and Williamson surpassed the Twnety20
record partnership for all wickets against all
nations that had been held for South Africa
by Graeme Smith and Loots Bosman at 170.
Pakistan won the opening match by 16
runs on Friday, defending a total of 171-8
and left itself in a similar position at Seddon
Park when it made 168-7 after winning the
toss and batting.
While New Zealand botched its run chase
in the first match, losing seven wickets for
48 runs after Williamson had made 70 and
Colin Munro 56, the two New Zealand open-
ers made no mistakes Sunday in steering
their team to victory.
Williamson ran out Guptill for 2 in one of
the most serious blunders of the first match
at Eden Park and there seemed a clear deter-
mination from both batsmen to avoid similar
missteps this time around.
Guptill and Williamson controlled New
Zealand s chase, posting their century part-
nership in 12 overs to ensure the home team
remained ahead of the required run rate and
to leave Pakistan with few defensive options.
Outstanding bowling by Pakistan captain
Shahid Afridi and Wahab Riaz in the first
match sowed panic among the New Zealand
middle order after Williamson and Munro
were out but Williamson ensured there was
no repeat of that indecision.
There were moments during the New
Zealand innings when Pakistan seemed set
to slow New Zealand s scoring and when
Guptill showed signs of concern. But
Williamson helped him and New Zealand
through those moments and eventually Gup-
till became the more vigorous of the two,
reaching his half century from 40 balls and
finishing with 87 from 58 balls with nine
fours and four sixes.
The boundaries at Seddon Park are rel-
atively short, particularly square on the off
side and Williamson punched anything short
to boundaries that could not be adequately
guarded. Williamson reached his half century
from 35 balls and finished with 72 from 48
balls with 11 fours.
Pakistan seemed to have posted a more-
than-competitive total when it came in after
batting on winning the toss with 168-7, just
short of its winning tally in the opening
Umar Akmal provided the backbone of
the innings with a superb 56 from 27 balls
that included four fours and four sixes. He
had support from Shoaib Malik who made
39, Mohammad Hafeez with 19 and Shoaib
Maqsood with 18.
New Zealand took an innovative approach
to containing the Pakistan batsmen, opening
the bowling with left-arm spinner Mitchell
Santner and allrounder Corey Anderson.
While the tactic didn t work emphatically,
it helped curb Pakistan s total.
The teams next head to Wellington for the
deciding match of the series on Thursday.
Bangladesh tightens grip
Aussies to series win
Maxwell, right, hits a
watched by India's MS
Dhoni during their one
cricket match in
yesterday. AP PHOTO
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