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11-Apr-2011 04:37:00 GMT
Bangladesh v Australia, 2nd ODI, Mirpur

Bangladesh Elect to Bat Against Aussies

Mirpur: Bangladesh won the toss for the second time in their three-match one-day international series against Australia, but the hosts have chosen to bat first at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan put Australia in for the first match on Saturday and the tourists proceeded to post a challenging total of 270.

Newly-appointed skipper Michael Clarke made a century, before Australia's bowlers restricted the home team to just 210 from their 50 overs, sealing a 60-run victory to give the visitors a 1-0 lead in the series.

Australia have named one change to their winning team, with out-of-form batsman Cameron White making way for Callum Ferguson.

Bangladesh bowling spearhead Misrafe Mortaza took two wickets in his return from injury on Saturday, but he lacked pace and went expensively for his nine overs.

The right arm quick has been rested for the second match in favour of Rubel Hossain.

Young quick James Pattinson continues to wait for his Australia debut.

The pitch played slowly on Saturday and some batsman found it difficult to settle. But once in, runs became available.

Only two of Bangladesh’s specialist batsman reached half centuries, while Australian openers Brad Haddin and Shane Watson went cheaply.

Light rain is forecast for Monday, with temperatures tipped to reach 34 degrees Celsius.

Veteran Australian paceman Brett Lee will be seeking his 350th ODI wicket.

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