'What on earth': Cricket world erupts over 'brutal' Aussie demolition

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Glenn Maxwell and Taskin Ahmed, pictured here shaking hands after Australia's win over Bangladesh.
Glenn Maxwell and Taskin Ahmed shake hands after Australia's win over Bangladesh. (Photo by Michael Steele-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Australia have got their T20 World Cup campaign firmly back on track with an extraordinary demolition of Bangladesh.

The Aussies put their destiny back in their own hands after a record-breaking hammering of a shell-shocked Bangladesh side on Thursday.

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After being humbled by England last time out - Australia's largest-ever defeat in balls remaining - they responded in devastating fashion with an eight-wicket win.

Leg-spinner Adam Zampa was the star with his first T20I five-wicket haul as Australia cantered to their third victory of the tournament, passing Bangladesh's score with an extraordinary 82 balls to spare.

The victory was their largest-ever in terms of balls remaining, and Australia will now almost certainly progress to the semi-finals if they defeat the West Indies on Saturday.

The mammoth win powered Australia past South Africa on net run-rate into second place in their group.

Zampa's career-best 5-19 helped Australia skittle Bangladesh for a paltry 73 in just 15 overs after captain Aaron Finch elected to bowl first.

It was Bangladesh's second-lowest total at a T20 World Cup, just ahead of their 70 against New Zealand in 2016.

Finch (40) and fellow opener David Warner (18) batted with freedom as they eyed the low target in quick time.

The pair were the only Australian batters to lose their wicket as Mitch Marsh and Glenn Maxwell were in the middle when the win was secured.

Adam Zampa, pictured here celebrating the wicket of Shamim Hossain.
Adam Zampa celebrates the wicket of Shamim Hossain during Australia's win over Bangladesh. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Marsh (16 not out) brought up the victory with a powerful pull shot that went for six, with Australia's innings lasting just 36 minutes.

It was a far different result to earlier in the year when Bangladesh secured a 4-1 series win over an under-strength Australian line-up.

"We wanted to come out really aggressive and that was in our minds a little bit," Zampa said.

"We have a little bit of a different team with some fast bowlers (back) so we wanted to be aggressive early.

"We know if we give a team like Bangladesh a little sniff, they'll take it, because they're a really talented team and have some dangerous players.

"Once we bowled them out for 73, we did have a conversation in the change rooms before the batting innings about getting the runs before the eighth over.

"I wouldn't say we were nervous about it, we felt really confident going into the game."

Mitchell Starc, pictured here in action for Australia against Bangladesh.
Mitchell Starc got Australia off to the perfect start. (Photo by Matthew Lewis-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Cricket world erupts over brutal Aussie display

Zampa could have easily had six wickets after wicketkeeper Matthew Wade put down an edge off Taskin Ahmed to deny him a hat-trick.

He finished with the second-best figures - only behind Ashton Agar's six wickets earlier this year - by an Australian in T20Is.

Mitchell Starc's wicket with the third ball of match set the tone for a polished performance in the field.

Australia's bowling unit did not allow Bangladesh to settle, as Starc and Josh Hazlewood picked up two wickets each.

Shamim Hossain (19) top-scored for Bangladesh as they desperately missed injured star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.

Bangladesh head home winless from five outings in the group stage.

Cricket fans and commentators were in awe of Australia's display and shocked by Bangladesh's poor showing, flocking to social media in disbelief.

with AAP

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