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Australia will look to improve their performance from the opening match when they take on Bangladesh in a must-win Group A contest at The Oval on Monday.

Australia earned a single point from the first match of their campaign against New Zealand which had to be abandoned due to rain. The Australian pacers had given a good account of themselves against the Kiwis, particularly Josh Hazlewood who had clinched a six-wicket haul. But the men from Down Under will aim to improve their batting performance. The Australian batting had seemed a bit shaky in their first match, losing three wickets in nine overs.

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A brilliant batting display helped England beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in Group A match of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament at the Kennington Oval on Thursday.

Chasing a challenging total of 306, Alex Hales (95) and Joe Root (133 not out) led from the front to chase down the target after England started off on a poor note, losing opener Jason Roy (1) in the third over with just six runs on the board.

Incoming batsman Root then joined Hales and added 159 runs for the second wicket in 25.3 overs before Hales was dismissed by Sabbir Rahman. The 28-year-old batsman, who slammed 11 boundaries and two sixes, was caught at deep mid-wicket by substitute fielder Sunzamul Islam.

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India rode on an all-round show to thrash Bangladesh by 240 runs in an International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy warm-up match at The Oval on Tuesday.

Put into bat, opener Shikhar Dhawan (60) and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik (94 retired hurt) put on a 100-run stand for the third wicket before all-rounder Hardik Pandya smashed a 54-ball unbeaten 80 to propel India to a mammoth 324/7.

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The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Thursday recalled medium-pacer Shafiul Islam and left out Nurul Hasan, Subashis Roy and Shuvagata Hom from the 15-strong team for the ICC Champions Trophy, to be held in England and Wales in June.

This will be the first time Bangladesh are participating in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy in more than a decade. They last p0layed in the Champions' Trophy in 2006 under the captaincy of Habibul Bashar.

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Riding on some excellent fielding and steady bowling, Sri Lanka ended their six-match losing streak after beating Bangladesh by 70 runs in the final One-Day International (ODI) here on Saturday, and levelled the three-match series at 1-1.

The hosts, who needed a win to prevent Bangladesh from recording its first away series win since 2009, were put in to bat at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground here in what was the first ODI at the venue in more than six years.

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Bangladesh will be eyeing their first away series win when they take on Sri Lanka in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) cricket match at the Sinhalese Sports Club here on Saturday.

It all fell in place for Bangladesh in the first ODI and the series could have looked very different if rain hadn't intervened midway through the second game. Sri Lanka, after opting to bat first, put up 311 riding on Kusal Mendis's 102 and an innings of 65 from the stand-in skipper Upul Tharanga.

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Bangladesh racked up a thrilling four-wicket victory over Sri Lanka riding a brilliant all-round performance from Shakib Al Hasan to seal a memorable 100th Test win on Sunday. Chasing 191 to win, Tamim Iqbal struck a fine 82 before skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (22 not out) carried Bangladesh over the finishing line on a dramatic final day at the P Sara Oval.

It sealed the tourists' first win over the Sri Lanka in the format as they squared the two-match series 1-1. The fact that it comes on their century of Tests added to the weight of the triumph.

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