"Come on Bangladesh" – Mitchell Marsh after the defeat against India puts Australia on the verge of exiting the Super 8

Mitchell Marsh

The Super 8 match between the Australian national cricket team and the Indian national cricket team was played on Monday, June 24. The high-octane match between the Rohit Sharma-led team and the Mitchell Marsh-led team was held at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet. , St. Lucia.

The Australian team headed into the clash against the Men in Blue after a major and surprising defeat at the hands of the Rashid Khan-led Afghanistan national cricket team. Everyone expected Australia to comprehensively defeat the Afghans at the Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St Vincent and book a place in the semi-finals, but that did not happen.

Australia began the match by winning the toss and electing to bowl first. Despite not bowling well initially and allowing Afghanistan to build an opening stand of 118 runs, Australia managed to restrict the opposition to a total of 148/6.

Pat Cummins was the main architect behind the destruction as he bagged his second hat-trick of the T20 World Cup 2024 and created history with his performance. Adam Zampa also picked 2 wickets, while Marcus Stoinis got 1 wicket.

Australia needed a good start to the match if they were to achieve the goal against Afghanistan, but Travis Head, David Warner and Mitchell Marsh failed to perform and had a long walk back to the pavilion after recording low scores.

The onus then fell on explosive batsman Glenn Maxwell to once again lead his team to a victory just like he did in the 2023 ODI World Cup when he played one of the biggest knocks in cricket history to take Australia to an epic victory over the Afghans. . However, he could not do that and was dismissed for 59. The rest of the Australian batsmen also failed to bring out their best game and Australia were bowled out for 127 runs in 19.2 overs, facing a shocking 21-run defeat. .

Coming back to the clash between IND and AUS, the Australians opted to bowl first and removed Virat Kohli for a duck. However, after that, they had to deal with Rohit Sharma’s attack as the Indian captain took the players to the cleaners and scored 92 runs. In the last few overs, Australia made a small comeback and made the scoring slow to restrict India to 205/5. Mitchell Starc and Marcus Stoinis picked two wickets each, while Josh Hazlewood bowled a spell of 1/14.

India was the best team, Rohit is a class player – Mitchell Marsh

Chasing the target in the match, David Warner failed to score much but his opening partner Travis Head once again demolished the Indian bowling attack. He scored 76 runs but did not get support from the other end. Ultimately, Australia were restricted to 181/7 and lost the match by 24 runs. Now, their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals are in jeopardy.

Speaking after the match, Australian captain Mitchell Marsh stated that they were disappointed to lose the game, but accepted the fact that it happens in the game of cricket. He praised India captain Rohit Sharma for his fantastic knock and also termed the Indian bowlers as “too good”. Mitchell Marsh signed off by expressing his support for Bangladesh ahead of their final match against Afghanistan as a small victory for the Bangladesh Tigers over the Afghans will help Australia seal a place in the semi-finals. Mitchell Marsh stated:

“Disappointing. It happens in the game of cricket. Over the course of 40 overs, there are a lot of small margins. India were the better team, Rohit is a class player.

“(Head and Maxwell’s batting) gave us more faith than hope. In a run chase like that, if you keep it at 10 and over, we are in the game. However, India’s bowlers were too good at final. Come on, Bangladesh now!”