Warne, MacGill share the spoils
36th five-wicket haul by WarneMohammad Rafique clobbers three sixes each off Warne and MacGillRafique sets a Bangladeshi record last-wicket stand of 69 with Shahadat Hossain 36th five-wicket haul by WarneMohammad Rafique clobbers three sixes each off Warne and MacGillRafique sets a Bangladeshi record last-wicket stand of 69 with Shahadat Hossain
CHITTAGONG: Leg-spinners Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill helped Australia crush Bangladesh by an innings and 80 runs in the second and final Test on Thursday, as the world champion reasserted its dominance after a close opening match.
Warne finished with five for 113 and MacGill grabbed four for 95 to trigger a familiar Bangladesh collapse after the home side resumed on 195 for four, chasing 384 to make Australia bat again.
36th five-wicket haul
Bangladesh was bowled out for 304, with Warne claiming his 36th haul of five or more wickets in 140 Tests, as Australia reaffirmed its class after a narrow three-wicket in the opening Test. The 36-year-old, who had taken three wickets on Wednesday, bagged the important scalp of Shahriar Nafees (79) before MacGill joined him in finishing off the home side. The only time the world's most successful Test bowler was in trouble was when left-handed all-rounder Mohammad Rafique (65) went after him to clobber some huge boundaries.
Rafique took three sixes off Warne and as many off MacGill during his cameo 53-ball knock. But his heroics came too late as Bangladesh was already nine down when he decided to open his shoulders.
However, Rafique had the satisfaction of setting a Bangladeshi record last-wicket stand of 69 with Shahadat Hossain, which bettered the previous mark of 46 runs achieved on three occasions.
"I thought they played well in the series but we were nowhere near our best," Australian skipper Ricky Ponting said after the match. "They lost this match on the first day when they scored only 197." AFP