LONDON - Australia seized the initiative in their key Champions Trophy game, bowling out Bangladesh for just 182 in 44.3 overs.

Adam Zampa's wicket-taking ability is of little doubt. After all, it isn't for nothing that he was the highest wicket-taker in One-Day Internationals in 2016. Yet, after inclusion in Australia's playing XI in favour of John Hastings in a must-win clash in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, the specialist leg spinner had to wait a whole 34 overs on his maiden international outing in England. Both Bangladesh and Australia roped in a spinner with the pitch in mind, given that it was the same one that was used for the clash between South Africa and Sri Lanka. Even in that game, Imran Tahir reaped rewards, so it was hardly a surprise that Zampa did too, on Monday (June 5) at the Oval in London.

Bangladesh were handily placed when drinks were taken after the 34th over with 141 on the board and six wickets in hand. Zampa, however, struck off his second ball, tossing it up enough to tempt Sabbir Rahman into the drive that went straight to Steven Smith at cover. After a wicket maiden to start things off, Mahmudullah chopped on in his next over as Zampa had two in two just as a light drizzle ensued.

Play went on uninterrupted as a stoic Tamim Iqbal approached what would have been his first century against Australia. However, he whipped Mitchell Starc straight to long on for 95 off 114, five short of what would have been his second century on the trot in the competition. Bangladesh didn't last long after, being bowled out for 182 in 44.3 overs as Starc cleaned up the tail, with the Asian team losing their last four wickets for a solitary run. He picked up three wickets in five deliveries in the 43rd over for a triple wicket maiden, just missing out on a hat-trick, before cleaning up Mehedi Hasan to end with figures of 4 for 29, validating Smith's ploy of changing ends for Zampa, who had success at the other, and replacing him with Starc.

Tamim was spectacular once again at the top, protecting his end and building partnerships with the incoming batsmen. The first sign of his attack was him stepping down to Josh Hazlewood early on to hit him straight past his batting partner. While yo-yoing between the roles of the aggressor and protector, he had luck on his side as a few miscues landed safely. That said, he did rather well to dispatch the opposition bowlers into the stands despite the Australian bowlers heeding to their captain's call from their tournament opener and pulling up their socks rather ably.

Hazlewood, Pat Cummins were as clinical as ever, bowling testing lines and lengths around the offstump that Bangladesh's batsmen found hard to put away. Moises Henriques struck in his second over to pick up the vital wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim who wasn't allowed to settle into his innings. Shakib Al Hasan was handed a life when on 11 with Glenn Maxwell putting down a straightforward catch at backward point. Shakib there on, went on to add 69 with Tamim - the only significant stand in the innings - en route 29 which was his highest score in his five ODIs in England.

Smith opted to go for Travis Head instead of Zampa early on given the presence of two left-handers at the crease and to spin the ball outside the offstump. It was a move that paid off as Head trapped Shakib leg before. The all-rounder reviewed, but the on-field umpire's decision was upheld. Bangladesh managed only 60 more before being bowled out as the rain found the right time to come down harder in London.



Tamim Iqbal c Hazlewood b Starc 95

Soumya Sarkar c Wade b Hazlewood 3

Imrul Kayes c Finch b Cummins 6

Mushfiqur Rahim lbw b Henriques 9

Shakib Al Hasan lbw b Head 29

Sabbir Rahman c Smith b Zampa 8

Mahmudullah b Zampa 8

Mehedi Hasan b Starc 14

Mashrafe Mortaza b Starc 0

Rubel Hossain b Starc 0

Mustafizur Rahman not out 1

EXTRAS: (lb 6, w 3) 9

TOTAL: (all out; 44.3 overs) 182

FOW: 1-22, 2-37, 3-53, 4-122, 5-141, 6-153, 7-181, 8-181, 9-181, 10-182.

BOWLING: MA Starc 8.3-2-29-4, JR Hazlewood 10-0-40-1, PJ Cummins 8-1-22-1, TM Head 8-0-33-1, MC Henriques 5-0-30-1, A Zampa 4-1-13-2, GJ Maxwell 1-0-9-0.

TOSS: Bangladesh

UMPIRES: CB Gaffaney (New Zealand) and NJ Llong