Legspinner Adam Zampa earned Australia’s best-ever figures of 5-19 in a T20 World Cup as Bangladesh was routed for 73 in an eight-wicket win on Thursday.
Zampa missed a rare tournament hat trick when wicketkeeper Matthew Wade dropped a tough catch of Taskin Ahmed.
Australia knew it could overtake South Africa on the net run rate in a race to the semifinals by achieving the chase target in less than eight overs and accomplished it in 6.2 as captain Aaron Finch smashed 40 off 20 balls to race to 78-2.
In their last group games, South Africa will take on unbeaten England while Australia meets the defending champion West Indies.
Bangladesh’s below-par T20 World Cup ended without a point from five Super 12 games, its second-worst tournament total ever, and the second-biggest loss in a T20 World Cup.
Bangladesh, bowled out for 84 by South African pace in its last game, again failed to negotiate fast bowlers Josh Hazlewood (2-8) and Mitchell Starc (2-21) before Zampa ran through the lower order in a brilliant spell of four overs.
Shamim Hossain top-scored for Bangladesh with 19 before top-edging Zampa to Wade. Mahedi Hasan was trapped leg before wicket off the next delivery on a misjudged pull shot, then Zampa missed the hat trick on his first ball of the last over.
But Zampa didn’t wait long to better countryman James Faulkner’s figures of 5-27 against Pakistan in the 2016 T20 World Cup when he had Mustafizur Rahman caught at long-off and followed with the last wicket of Shoriful Islam, who was sharply caught by Finch in the lone slip. Bangladesh was dismissed inside 15 overs.