A record-breaking innings from David Warner led Australia to a 48-run victory over Bangladesh which all but secured their place in the knockout stages of the ICC Cricket World Cup.
In the final World Cup game of 2019 to be played at Trent Bridge, Warner became the first man to score 150 or more twice in World Cup cricket, looking in complete control throughout.
Bangladesh chased down their target of 382 gamely, but key wickets from Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile prevented the Tigers from building the required momentum.
It was a result which will have disappointed a sizeable proportion of the Trent Bridge crowd.
A sea of fans bedecked in green cheered every dot ball and every piece of fielding as Warner and Aaron Finch began their innings at a steady pace.
The duo brought up their fourth fifty stand of the tournament – more than any other pair in the competition – at a relatively sedate pace.
The departure of Finch for 53, however, seemed to spark Warner into life, the former vice-captain moving through the gears as he reached his hundred.
The boos which have followed Warner around the country so far in this tournament were conspicuous by their absence as he celebrated his century, and the right-hander continued to give reason for Australia fans to cheer as he sped towards 150.
Warner had appeared infallible throughout, so it was something of a surprise when he uppercut a Soumya Sarkar delivery into the hands of Hossain when on 166.
But his departure proved to be something of a blessing in disguise, with Glenn Maxwell brought out at number four.
And Maxwell’s ‘see ball, hit ball’ approach provided the impetus to see Australia past 350.
A back-foot drive for six over cover was followed by a flat-batted maximum over square leg, before the 30-year-old dismissively hoisted Soumya Sarkar into the Larwood and Voce stand.
But Maxwell was to depart in clumsy fashion to the very next ball, a mix-up between the right-hander and Usman Khawaja leading to a run-out which triggered a small Bangladesh resurgence.
Khawaja himself would depart three balls later, before the noise level was raised a decibel higher as Steve Smith was trapped for 1 by a Mustafizur Rahman full toss.
Late hitting from Stoinis and Alex Carey took Australia to 381-5 at the end of their innings, with Bangladesh needing a faultless chase to keep their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages on track.
Australia were able to push towards 400 by virtue of keeping wickets in hand, but the same luxury was not to be afforded to their opponents.
Soumya Sarkar fell victim to a run out in the fourth over, before a previously imperious-looking Shakib al Hasan ballooned a Stoinis slower ball to mid-off when on 41.
The Tigers then lost their anchor when Tamim chopped on for 62, but Mushfiqur Rahim raged against the dying of the Bangladesh light with a defiant half-century.
The wicketkeeper charged to his 35th ODI fifty, rotating the strike well with Litton Das and Mahmadullah.
And as the chase entered the final ten overs, Mahmadullah seized centre stage.
The right-hander launched Adam Zampa for two sixes in the 42nd over and continued to pepper the fence as Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile returned to the attack.
But the 33-year-old’s aggressive approach was only ever one misjudgement from disaster, and after earning a reprieve when Mitchell Starc shelled a chance in the deep, Pat Cummins held on to dismiss the dangerman for 69.
A stunned silence descended over Trent Bridge as Mahmadullah departed, and Sabbir Rahman’s first-ball duck only served to tighten the screw.
With the result of the game no longer in doubt, Mushfiqur created a moment of glory by bringing up his century, but textbook bowling at the death from Starc and Stoinis kept the Australia total out of reach.
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