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[Watch] Liton Das, Tanzid Hasan Give Early Scare To Mighty Australia

image-lotndtwrLiton Das and Tanzid Hasan (Twitter)

Heading into Match 43 of the ICC World Cup 2023 in Pune, Australia would've expected to turn up and dominate their struggling Bangladesh rivals on Saturday (November 11) and chart an easy route into the semifinal stage. 

However, the five-time champions were in for a major shock as they were confronted by Bangladesh's spirited opening pair of Tanzid Hasan and Litton Das. The inexperienced but talented duo of Hasan and Das smashed the much-fancied Australian pace attack for a floury of early boundaries during the first powerplay. 

When the Aussies would've anticipated to build easy inroads into the opposition line-up, they were ruffled up by a magnificent counterattack from the top-order Bangla Tigers pairing as they raced along to 76 without a wicket on the board. 

Relishing the true pace and bounce available on the playing surface at the MCA Stadium in Pune, Tanzid gave the ball a full monte and smashed six fours while carrying a strike-rate of 105.88 for his impressive knock of 36 off 34 deliveries. 

Bangladesh Openers Give Australia A Scare 

At the other end, Das, who is known for his elegant style and attacking approach against the new ball, played a more sedate game for once and contributed 30* off 35 deliveries in a valiant partnership to shift the pressure back on Australia. 

The Aussies were left in a desperate search for a first wicket but the Tanzid-Das duo kept them under the hook and provided an ideal foundation for Bangladesh's middle-order to stretch the score defendable proportion with a victory important to their Champions Trophy fate. 

Eventually, Pat Cummins & company managed to strike but even the wicket arrived off an aggressive stroke played by Tanzid, who tried to pull a slower delivery from Sean Abott but could only miscue one back into the hands of the right-arm pacer. 

Whilst the two Bangladeshi openers were intact, they were stitching together a fantastic partnership and giving their team an early lifter in their quest to achieve a remarkable upset victory over the Australians. 

At the time of writing, both the openers have been sent back to the hut, with the scoreboard reading 108-2 after 18 overs.