Star Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh scored his 2nd century of the ODI World Cup 2023 tournament. The breezy knock came against Bangladesh during the 43rd game of the tournament in Pune.
Bangladesh came into the game without regular skipper Shakib AL Hasan. The 36-year-old was ruled out of the tournament after having injured his finger versus Sri Lanka in New Delhi. The Bangladeshis needed a win to qualify for the 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan.
Pat Cummins won the toss and chose to bowl first and made two changes to the team. Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc were rested as Steve Smith and Sean Abbott came in as replacements. Nasum Ahmed was the only change for Bangladesh coming in for Shakib Al Hasan.
Mitchell Marsh's century puts Australia on course for a win –
Australia were chasing 307 runs to win their 7th game in a row during the ODI World Cup 2023 tournament. Taskin Ahmed struck first when he got the big wicket of Travis Head for 10. From there it was the Mitchell Marsh show along with David Warner as the two batters made merry on a good batting pitch in Pune.
Nasum Ahmed was bowling the 3rd ball of the 31st over which saw Mitchell Marsh take a single to move from 99 to 100. This was the third ODI ton for the 32-year-old and his second for the ODI World Cup 2023 campaign.
Mitchell Marsh had earlier scored a career-best 121 runs against Pakistan in Bengaluru. Once he reached his ton Mitchell Marsh could be seen sporting a smile as the fans in Pune gave him a rousing ovation.
Australian opener David Warner scored 53 runs to continue his good form with the bat. The 37-year-old got his runs from 61 balls with the help of 5 fours in his knock. Mustafizur Rahman got the bit wicket of David Warner caught by Nazmul Shanto.
Earlier in the day Towhid Hridoy top scored with 74 runs from 79 balls with 5 fours four and 2 sixes. Stand-in skipper Nazmul Shanto scored 45 runs to help Bangladesh reach 306/8 from their 50 overs. Sean Abbott and Adam Zampa picked two wickets each for the Australian team.
Here’s how the fans reacted –
HUNDRED BY MITCHELL MARSH....!!!!— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) November 11, 2023
A stupendous hundred by Marsh in just 87 balls - team chasing 307 and Marsh puts on a show at the MCA Stadium. pic.twitter.com/pXMkxDWKAM
Marsh just turn into Virat Kohli while chasing.— Daniyal Ahmed (@daniyalahmed24) November 11, 2023
If the team is not able to get Marsh,Warner and Head in first 15 over then opposition is gonna struggle 😉— Sujeet Suman (@sujeetsuman1991) November 11, 2023
Amazing knock from Mitch Marsh👏🏾— Yogesh (@yogeshontop) November 11, 2023
Very good hundred by Mitch Marsh#AUSvsBAN— MRS. RAJALAXMI (@MrsRajalaxmi) November 11, 2023
Congratulations Marsh 🔥👍💐— Gyanendra Kumar (@Gyanendraboudh) November 11, 2023
2nd hundred in World Cup 2023, A brutal knock while chasing 300+ runs & he completed hundred from just 87 balls. pic.twitter.com/XXTgmkB1nH
Good to know that Bangladesh is losing. Final nail in the coffin.— Sunny 😎 (@being_sunny1) November 11, 2023
Marsh on roll— Er.Atul Vaidya🇮🇳🚩 (@atulvai04795672) November 11, 2023