Australia will decide its T20 World Cup finals fate in a mouth-watering clash against New Zealand, after thrashing Bangladesh by 86 runs in Canberra on Thursday. night.
Australia bounced back from a shock loss to India and a narrow win against Sri Lanka in its opening matches with a resounding victory at Manuka Oval.
But a trans-Tasman showdown now takes centre stage at Junction Oval, Melbourne, on Monday from 3pm.
New Zealand plays Bangladesh on Saturday.
But even if it loses, New Zealand could beat Australia in Melbourne on Monday and still progress on net run-rate.
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The tournament hosts were in complete control from start to finish against Bangladesh after Meg Lanning won the toss.
Australia openers Alyssa Healy (83 off 53) and Beth Mooney (81 not out off 58) established the platform for an impregnable 1-189 in the first women]s T20 international between the two sides.
Healy and Mooney dispatched the Bangladesh attack to all corners of the ground as they ruthlessly compiled a 151-run opening stand to demoralise their opponents.
Healy had scored just 24 runs in six innings before the World Cup.
But she is now the tournament’s leading run-scorer with 134 runs at an average of 44.6 – stats enhanced by her latest assault, comprising 10 boundaries and three sixes.
Mooney blasted nine boundaries, while Ashleigh Gardner (22 off 9) continued the plunder after Healy’s departure in the 17th over.
Here's how Group A looks after today's games.
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Australian seamer Megan Schutt (3-22 off four overs) led the bowling attack, and Annabel Sutherland (1-21) took her first World Cup wicket as Bangladesh was limited to 9-103.
Ellyse Perry bowled (0-12) ferocious pace to quell rumours she’s carrying a serious shoulder injury, while Nicola Carey (1-16) was also tidy.
Jess Jonassen (2-17) bowled Jahanara Alam (1) in the final over before consecutive run-outs completed a team hat-trick.
Fargana Hoque (36 off 35) and Nigar Sultana Joty (19 off 32) were the only Bangladesh batters to spend valuable time in the middle.
Earlier on Thursday, India beat New Zealand by three runs in Melbourne to book its semi-final berth.