Qld ‘s Isaac Dunmall wins Stawell Gift

Isaac Dunmall thought he had blown his shot at Stawell Gift glory when he trailed home last in the final two years ago.


As it turned out, he got a second go on Monday and this time he grabbed it with both hands.

The 22-year-old Queenslander crashed to the turf after lunging desperately through the finishing gates, having just held off the challenge from fast-finishing Tjimarri Sanderson-Milera.

Running off a handicap of 6.75m, Dunmall clocked a winning time of 12.17 seconds, two hundredths of a second clear of Sanderson-Milera, with teenaged sprint star Jack Hale claiming third spot.

“I didn’t know the meaning of speechless until now – this is unbelievable,” said Dunmall.

“I got a good start and I kicked on really well.

“I saw Tjimarri coming towards me at the end of the last 20 and I was just like `hold on, hold on’.

“I wasn’t sure I’d won because I knew he was coming close.

“I honestly can’t put my feelings into words right now.

“I’ve wanted to win this race for so long, it means so much to me.”

It was in sharp contrast to the 2014 final at Central Park, when Dunmall was never a factor in a race won by another Queenslander, Luke Versace.

“I thought I’d blown my chance in that race,” said Dunmall.

“I thought `I’m gone, there’s no way known I’m going to win a Stawell Gift now’.

“Now to come back and actually do it – that’s insane.

“I was coming into this race feeling a lot more confident and a lot more energetic.”

Hale clocked the fastest semi-final time of 12.22 on Monday, but was seven hundredths of a second slower in the final.

The 17-year-old set a 100m personal best of 10.31 earlier this month in Perth.

Fifteen-year-old schoolgirl Talia Martin won the women’s Gift in 13.70 ahead of Tierra Exum – the sister of NBA star Dante Exum – and Sarah Blizzard.

Both Gift winners pocketed $40,000, although Martin was docked $2000 for showing rapid improvement.

She had been eliminated in the heats of the Ararat Gift only 12 days ago, a below-par performance she put down to the recent death of her aunt.

Olympian Lauren Wells claimed one of the most impressive victories of the day in the women’s 400m.

Wells spotted the frontmarkers a 40m headstart but was still able to reel in the field on the final straight.

Washington strikes as Northern Ireland set unbeaten record

The victory at Windsor Park meant manager Michael O’Neill eclipsed the achievement of Billy Bingham, whose Northern Ireland side twice went nine games undefeated in the 1980s.


Man-of-the-match Washington struck after 41 minutes with his first international goal in his second appearance for the country to become the first Northern Ireland player to score on his home debut since George McCartney in 2001.

The Queens Park Rangers striker outmuscled Miral Samardzic and then barged Nejc Skubic out of the way before cutting inside Bostjan Cesar and firing a low shot past Jan Oblak.

Veteran keeper Roy Carroll, 38, preserved the home side’s lead when he saved Milivoje Novakovic’s penalty in the 66th minute after Jonny Evans had hauled Samardzic to the ground.

Asked about the unbeaten record, O’Neill said: “It’s lovely to achieve something like that. It’s for the squad — to go unbeaten for 10 games is a great achievement.”

The 23-year-old scorer Washington, who was at non-league St Ives Town only five years ago, qualifies for Northern Ireland through his grandmother but had never actually visited the country until he was called up for this month’s friendlies.

“He’s a raw striker. He’s come on the international stage and showed what he can do. He made a goal out of nothing and it’s a great night for him,” added O’Neill.

“It would be unfair to say if he’s on the flight to France. He’s done himself no harm at all, not only in the performance, but how he’s fitted in with the group. It looks like he’s going to be an asset to us.”

The Irish host Belarus and visit Slovakia in their last two friendlies before starting the Euro 2016 campaign against Poland and then facing Ukraine and world champions Germany.

Slovenia failed to qualify for the tournament in France after losing a qualifying playoff to Ukraine.

(Writing by Ken Ferris; Editing by Mark Trevelyan/Susan Fenton/Rex Gowar)

Govt can stop health insurance hike: Labor

A hike in health insurance premiums that could cause hundreds of thousands of Australians to drop their private cover doesn’t have to happen, the federal opposition says.


From April 1 premiums will rise on average by more than 5 per cent, or around $200 a year for a family.

A Galaxy poll commissioned by comparison service iSelect suggests 71 per cent of those with private cover are planning to take some form of action, and 530,000 may drop their policy altogether.

Acting Labor leader Tanya Plibersek said when she was health minister, private health insurers put up “ambit claims” to her, but she sent them back to reconsider.

“That meant on average, under Labor, under both (fellow former health minister) Nicola Roxon and I, premium increases were below the averages that we’re seeing under Liberal governments,” Ms Plibersek told reporters in Sydney.

“The health minister does have the power to reject increases and the government needs to consider what happens to people who have private health insurance when it becomes unaffordable.”

The Galaxy survey of over 1000 Australians was commissioned after the federal government’s March 2 announcement that premiums would rise by an average 5.59 per cent.

The survey findings suggest 46 per cent of Australians intend to shop around to ensure the best deal, while seven per cent plan to switch provider.

iSelect spokeswoman Laura Crowden said couples and families with either hospital-only cover or extras-only cover indicated they were more likely to cancel their private health insurance altogether.

“It’s possible these households have already pared back their cover as premiums have risen in recent years, but this latest increase may be the tipping point that means they can simply no longer afford it,” she said.

Around 12 million Australians have private healthcare insurance, and a large portion of the policyholders are over the age of 50.

Blanchett, Minchin snubbed at Tony Awards

Cate Blanchett’s already overstocked trophy cabinet will have to wait a little longer to add a coveted Tony Award.


The Australian actress, a winner of two Oscars, three Golden Globe trophies, three Screen Actors Guild Awards and three BAFTAs for her remarkable film career and just hours after receiving a Companion of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday honours, missed out on a Tony in New York.

Blanchett was not alone, with Australia’s Tim Minchin and his musical Groundhog Day given the cold shoulder at Broadway’s night of nights despite seven nominations.

Australian producers Stuart Thompson (best play Sweat and best revival of a play Six Degrees of Separation) and duo Rodney Rigby and Sam Levy (best musical Come From Away) also missed out.

The musical Dear Evan Hansen dominated the ceremony with six wins, including beating Groundhog Day for best musical.

Bette Midler stole the 71st Annual Tony Awards ceremony at Manhattan’s Radio Music City Hall when she won best actress in a musical for Hello, Dolly! and then gave an hilarious, expletive laden speech.

“Thank you to the Tony voters, many of whom I’ve actually dated,” the 71-year-old diva, who had only claimed a “special” Tony Award in 1974 for her contribution to Broadway, told the audience.

When the orchestra began to play her off as she spoke on stage she told them: “Shut that crap off”.

Blanchett was nominated for best lead actress in a play for her Broadway debut in The Present, a Sydney Theatre Company update of Anton Chekhov’s Platonov penned by her husband Andrew Upton.

Laurie Metcalf, for A Doll’s House, Part 2 won the Tony.

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul for Dear Evan Hansen took the original score trophy ahead of Minchin for Groundhog Day.

The ceremony was hosted by Oscar winner, stage veteran and star of the hit TV series House of Cards, Kevin Spacey.

Titans look to Kevin Proctor for NRL lift

Gold Coast forward Kevin Proctor is poised to make his NRL return from a four-match illicit drug ban with the Titans facing a tricky task to make the finals.


Proctor copped the suspension from the Titans – as well as a $20,000 fine – after being caught using what was believed to be cocaine in Canberra on May 5 following the Test match between Australia and New Zealand.

Chris McQueen often partnered Proctor in the second row and says he’s chomping at the bit after spending seven weeks on the sideline.

“He’d be a massive inclusion for us, the suspension’s been burning away at him I’m expecting a big game for him this week,” McQueen said.

“He knows how to win games and he’s not scared of the hard work, he’s more than willing to put his body on the line for the team.

“He brings a lot of leadership, we have still got a lot of young guys who haven’t got a lot of experience and to have a guy like him is invaluable.”

Proctor’s last match for the Titans was their 38- 8 win over Newcastle in round nine and since he’s been banned Gold Coast have lost three of their last four fixtures.

A veteran of 186 games, Proctor averages 25 tackles per game this season and his stability in defence is much needed with Gold Coast conceding the third highest amount of tries in the NRL.

The 13th-placed Gold Coast are out of form losing their last three games on the trot but McQueen is demanding a fight for the rest of the season.

“Mathematically speaking, I think we’ve only got two or three losses in us for the rest of the year,” McQueen said.

“We’ve put ourselves into a difficult position but we’re going to fight until the end of the year.”

‘March against Sharia’: Protesters rally against Islamic law across the US

ACT for America, a self-described grassroots organisation focusing on national security, staged rallies in New York, Chicago, Boston, Denver and Seattle, as well as many smaller cities.


Hundreds of people pledged on social media to attend an event that ACT billed as “March against Sharia.”

On the steps of the Pennsylvania state capitol in Harrisburg, barricades and a heavy police presence, including officers mounted on horses, separated about 60 anti-sharia demonstrators from an equal number of counter-protesters. Many of the latter were dressed in black masks and hoods and chanting “No Trump, no KKK, no Fascist USA.”

The atmosphere was tense but the protest went off with no violence and only one arrest, police said.

More than a dozen men belonging to the anti-government Oath Keepers were on hand, invited by ACT to provide security. Most of them carried handguns.

Chris Achey, 47, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, said he did not hate Muslims but believes that much of Islam is incompatible with Western culture.

“The Constitution is the law of the land,” he said. “We have to be careful with who we let in the country.”


On its website, ACT described sharia, which covers many aspects of Muslim life including religious obligations and financial dealings, as incompatible with human rights. It said sharia justifies the oppression of women and homosexuality, and advocates female genital mutilation.

But critics say the organization vilifies Muslims and has repeatedly equated Islam with extremism. In their view, the rallies are part of a wave of anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment fueled by President Donald Trump, who called for a ban on Muslims entering the country during his election campaign.

Molly Freiburg, 33, of Philadelphia, was one of the counter-protesters but not part of the larger group clad in black.

“America is not in danger from sharia law,” she said. “This manifestation at the Capitol is actually a way to make our Muslim neighbors feel uncomfortable.”

A representative for ACT for America could not be reached for comment.

In Seattle, about 75 anti-sharia protesters were outnumbered by counter-protesters at a rally that was moved from Portland, Oregon. Tensions are running high in Portland after a man yelling religious and racial slurs at two teenage girls on a commuter train fatally stabbed two men who tried to stop him.


Talbot Sleater, a 62-year-old construction foreman, said that the Seattle protest was the first of the kind that he had attended. A Briton who moved to the United States, he said he had decided to go after recent attacks in his home country.

“People are being run over in the street with trucks and little kids are being blown up,” Sleater said, referring to recent attacks in London and Manchester. “I don’t want that to happen here.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the country’s largest Muslim advocacy group, urged Americans to participate in one of several local educational events being organized in “a peaceful challenge to Saturday’s hate rallies.”

It also warned Muslims to take extra precautions against potential violence over the weekend.

Anti-Muslim incidents rose 57 percent last year, including a 44 percent jump in anti-Islamic hate crimes, CAIR said in a report released in early May.

Oath Keepers said on its website that it was “answering the call to defend free speech against those who would use terrorist violence or the threat of violence to shut it down.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center says Oath Keepers is “one of the largest radical antigovernment groups in the United States,” organized around a “set of baseless conspiracy theories.”

Refuse Fascism, a coalition of activists advocating confrontational tactics to oppose what it calls the Trump “regime,” said it would show up at the rallies “to counter the xenophobic hatred and lies, defy intimidation and drown it out.”

India knock sloppy Proteas out of Trophy

India captain Virat Kohli praised his bowling attack as they demolished the South Africa batting line-up to seal a spot in the Champions Trophy semi-final.


The reigning champions were far too good for their opponents at the Oval as they won by eight wickets after easily chasing down a modest target of 192.

South Africa started slowly with the bat but were seemingly building a sensible innings, with opener Quinton de Kock hitting 53.

The likes of skipper AB de Villiers (16) and David Miller (one) were victims of poor communication as three players were run out – with India taking eight wickets for 51 runs.

In return they never looked in trouble as Shikhar Dhawan (78) and Kohli (76 not out) enjoyed themselves with some big hitting.

But it was the bowlers who were hailed by Kohli after the convincing win.

“The pressure was built by the bowlers and that I think resulted in those breakthroughs we got in the field,” Kohli said.

“It is important to grab those opportunities. We wanted to improve our fielding, it was something we required and before we went out we had a chat in the huddle and I said I wanted everyone’s intensity to go up, that is a conscious effort we have to make.

“All of the bowlers executed their plan so well in such a big game and to be able to bowl like that against a batting line up of their ability, we can feel confident and would like to take it forward into the semis.”

Kohli said there was nothing for him to criticise as India continued on in their quest to defend the trophy.

“I can’t pinpoint any negatives from the day, it was our best game yet,”

“The small things are something we are focusing on. Until you have a team effort you can’t win games, especially in conditions you are unfamiliar with.

“You have to understand how to finish games off, luckily we got their big strikers out early. The bowlers stuck to their lines and got us the breakthroughs when we needed them.”

South Africa captain de Villiers was one of the three players run out in the opening innings and it was his dismissal which led to the collapse.

Despite that, the 33-year-old still believes he is the right man to take the team forward and feels he can lead them to long-awaited World Cup success in 2019.

“It is always very disappointing when we lose but the way we lost was the most disappointing,” de Villiers said.

“Through soft dismissals we lost our way and that was the part that hurt the most. Run-outs happen but three in one innings is not how we want to play our cricket that is for sure.

“I’m a good captain and I can take this team forward and win the World Cup I believe, I love doing it.

“Not a lot of people believe me but I feel it is pretty close, it is very difficult to say that after a performance like this but that is what I believe in my heart.”

PM urged to pull party into line on energy

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will face a showdown over the merits of a proposed clean energy target when government MPs meet on Tuesday.


The coalition partyroom on Tuesday is expected to discuss the government’s position on Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s energy review released last week.

The report has sparked debate within government ranks over the role of coal under Dr Finkel’s recommended clean energy target, which would require a proportion of electricity each year to come from generation below a set emissions level.

Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly says he would not support a benchmark emission target of 0.6 tonnes per megawatt hour – the level used by Dr Finkel to model economic effects – while former cabinet minister Eric Abetz hit out at what he labelled “creative assumptions” in the report.

Labor opposition’s climate spokesman Mark Butler said the same old toxic internal divisions in the coalition were re-emerging.

“Malcolm Turnbull tomorrow, at his party room meeting, needs to pull his party into line – particularly senior Liberals like Tony Abbott, who are clearly trying to wreck this process before it even begins,” he told reporters in Adelaide.

Dr Finkel insists his proposed emissions reduction reforms would not block new coal projects, saying those decisions will be up to governments.

“There is no aspect of allowance or permission here. Permission comes from government. Permission is not decided by the clean energy target at all,” Dr Finkel told The Australian on Monday.

Where that level is set – a task Dr Finkel left up to politicians – could effectively rule out coal generation unless it uses the newest technology.

Energy policy experts say this is an important strategic shift from focusing on pricing or suppressing emissions to the economics of building a cleaner energy grid.

Grattan Institute energy program director Tony Wood says that shift means the market will determine which technology is cheapest.

“If it turns out that a clean coal plant with or without CCS (carbon capture and storage) is actually commercially viable when the emissions intensity is considered, then there will be investors who will build those plants,” he told ABC radio.

“It may not be likely, but this will test the commercial viability of the very coal technologies people would like to support.”

Australian Energy Council chief executive Matthew Warren said old coal-fired generators didn’t have to be forced out because they were leaving faster than they could be replaced.

Mr Warren cautioned the only way forward was to have bipartisan support for the final policy position.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale was scathing of the plan, which he says will leave Australia still generating power from coal and gas until 2070.

“The problem is that because the climate debate has been so toxic I think there’s a sense that any plan is better than nothing,” he told ABC radio.

Taiwan’s efforts to prevent ship oil spill

Taiwan has launched a salvage operation to drain the tank of a grounded cargo vessel leaking oil off the coast of northern Taiwan to minimise environmental pollution.


State-run Central News Agency reports the 15,487-ton Taiwanese cargo ship TS Taipei was stranded on March 10 en route from Hong Kong to Keelung Port in northern Taiwan. All 21 crew members were rescued safely.

However, the ship split in two on Friday and started leaking more oil, as bad weather hampered the clean-up operation. Since then, more than 100 workers had been sent to contain the oil slick contaminating about a 2-kilometre stretch of coast at Shihmen in New Taipei City.

Environmental officials boarded the ship on Sunday to evaluate the conditions for the salvage operation as the weather improved, cabinet spokesman Sun Lih-chyun said. He said, however, the operation was dangerous as the ship could capsize at any time.

According to Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), about 240 tons of fuel oil and 30 tons of lubricating oil remain on the ship.

“It would take several days to complete the operation since it needs preparation and good weather conditions,” Sun told dpa Sunday in a telephone interview.

Sun said that experts from the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) had been at the site to offer advice. Two companies, US Resolve and Japanese Nippon Salvage, are ready to help carry out the salvage operation.

Nine cargoes containing dangerous chemical substances on board had been closely monitored, Sun said.

As the site is near a fishing port and a nuclear power plant, environmental experts have warned that potential damage to the ecosystem could last for two to three years, local media reported.

Dean ton puts Vics on top in Shield

He started the season with the most-ever runs by a batsman on first-class debut, but Travis Dean’s final main act of his maiden season could help win Victoria the Sheffield Shield.


Dean batted for more than five hours on the second day on Sunday, and his 111 helped Victoria reach 4-269 at stumps and achieve a slight edge over their South Australian rivals at Glenelg’s Gliderol Stadium.

They still trail by 71 runs going into the third day, but with seven wickets in hand, Dean’s ton could prove to be even more defining than the two he scored on debut again Queensland at the MCG.

“Hopefully we get the win here and the Shield final one will stand out,” he said.

“That was a long time ago when that happened.

“So I proved to myself and to my teammates (today) that I deserved to be there.”

With the exception of a 67-ball burst where he racked up his second 50, Dean was particularly circumspect on a pitch that offered South Australia’s quicks plenty of movement under low cloud cover.

The 24-year-old lost Rob Quiney (23) early, and became the rock of the innings when Marcus Stoinis (35) became the second man to be dismissed by a short ball from Redbacks quick Daniel Worrall (3-51).

But Dean batted with composure and rarely looked troubled as LBW appeals regularly followed balls beating the bat at the other end.

“I’m a very limited player. I don’t have many shots. I try and stick to my game plan. It’s pretty simple,” he said.

“Play your natural game, which is take time out of the game and face as many balls as I possibly can and … the runs will eventually come.

Dean combined with Peter Handscomb for a vital 140-run third wicket partnership before he edged Redbacks quick Elliot Opie through to wicketkeeper Alex Carey with 10 overs left in the day.

Handscomb, who was dominant off the back foot, remains unbeaten on 79, but the Bushrangers lost captain Matthew Wade to a Worrall inswinger four overs before stumps with the second new ball.

Nightwatchman Scott Boland (five not out) was also lucky to see the close when Worrall had him edging to gully in the second-last over, but the chance was dropped by Sam Raphael.

Earlier, Victorian quick Chris Tremain (3-73) cleaned up the South Australian tail to have the home team dismissed for 340 within the first four overs of the second day.

Alex Ross (72), wicketkeeper-batsman Carey (50) and rookie opener Jake Weatherald (66) hit half-centuries for the Redbacks.

Frenetic AFL suits Port: Hinkley

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley hopes this frenetic, freewheeling AFL footy is here to stay.


After Port’s comeback 33-point victory against St Kilda in a Sunday shootout, Hinkley welcomes the all-out attack of the opening round.

“I don’t mind the game being fast and frenetic,” he said after Port’s 20.13 (133) to 15.10 (100) win at Adelaide Oval.

“I do mind giving up scores.”

Hinkley’s much-fancied Port took some time to shake a spirited St Kilda who, inspired by ruckman Tom Hickey (57 hitouts, 20 disposals), played with great dash for three quarters.

But after leading by 21 points deep into the third term, Saints coach Alan Richardson accused his players of losing their dare, and subsequently losing the game.

“There was a game that was up for grabs,” Richardson said.

“Port Adelaide went to another level and we didn’t go there. We fumbled, we didn’t cope with the pressure.

“We just lost a bit of dare.”

In contrast, Port cashed in on wildcards Robbie Gray, Chad Wingard and trump recruit Charlie Dixon.

Gray slotted four goals in his influential 26-disposal display, while Wingard (three goals) produced moments of brilliance.

Onballer Brad Ebert (three goals, 25 touches) and Sam Gray (37) were prominent, and former Gold Coast forward Dixon did what he was recruited for – booting 3.3 and adding menace on debut for the club.

“He’s 60 minutes into his season as far as game time (entering) today so he was always going to be a bit underdone,” Hinkley said.

“But by the end of the game, 3.3, and the amount of score we got from his contests was exactly why we brought him here.”

Port’s victory before 44,807 fans came at a cost to fleet-footed Matt White, who hurt a right pectoral muscle.

White will have scans, and Hinkley said he would miss between four weeks and three months “depending on how bad a rupture or whether it’s a slight tear”.

The Power meet arch-rivals Adelaide on Saturday, while St Kilda host the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night.

Dugan centre experiment over: McGregor

He may have scored from out wide, and may forever be the centre of the attention, but Josh Dugan’s experiment on the flanks is all but over.


St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor confirmed as much after his star provided a clutch try in his side’s 14-12 NRL win over Penrith in Wollongong on Sunday.

Down four with four minutes remaining, Dugan showed why he’s the NSW State of Origin No.1, levelling the scores with a powerful run over former Dragon Jamie Soward and Tyrone Peachey.

And while skipper Gareth Widdop kicked the go-ahead conversion, it was Dugan’s power game as a fullback that forced his coach to signal that, for now, his time as a centre is done.

“His involvement is a lot higher at the back, without a doubt. Josh did well and he’ll be staying at the back,” McGregor said.

“He’s a big game player, and that’s what you like to see from the big players in situations like that. The better players go to the game at times like that, they don’t shy away from it.”

Dugan has previously stated a desire to move to the flanks, and the recruitment of Kurt Mann over the summer allowed McGregor to test the new combination out.

But after the former Melbourne utility flopped in two losses to start the season, the Dragons have since recorded back-to-back wins with Dugan in the backfield.

Over the past fortnight, he has run 401 metres and busted eight tackles.

“It’s something I’m comfortable with and I know my role there,” he said.

“I am always going to try and put myself in spots where it’s going to benefit the team, that’s what I’m trying to do. I love getting my hand on the ball and playing off the back of our forwards.”

Ruthless New Zealand thrash Bangladesh

New Zealand crushed Bangladesh by 75 runs in a World Twenty20 Group Two match at Eden Gardens on Saturday to maintain their 100 per cent record and ensure their opponents exited the tournament without a win in the Super 10 stage.


New Zealand won the toss and skipper Kane Williamson, who opted to bat on a very dry pitch, struck five fours and a six in his 42 off 32 deliveries to guide his side to 145-8.

Williamson, whose captaincy and team selection have been one of the highlights of the tournament, brought in Nathan McCullum as an extra spinner in place of pacer Adam Milne, and watched his side stroll to an emphatic victory.

“I think going into each game we look to read the wicket as best we can, the opposition as best we can and pick the team that’s best suited,” Williamson told reporters.

“That’s what we’ve done today and we’re going to look to try and continue that.”

Paceman Mustafizur Rahman made life difficult for the Black Caps, taking five wickets for 22 runs, including two off consecutive deliveries in the final over, but ultimately Bangladesh had no answer for New Zealand’s prowess in the field.

Colin Munro set the tone in the second over, running out the in-form Tamim Iqbal on three with a direct hit from short third man and New Zealand picked up wickets at regular intervals to dismiss Bangladesh for 70, their lowest total in Twenty20 internationals.

Mitchell McClenaghan bowled Iqbal’s strike partner Mohammad Mithun for 11 and left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner took the wicket of the dangerous Shakib Al Hasan to leave Bangladesh struggling at 31-3 in the eighth over.

Santner saw off Sabbir Rahman with a well-judged catch off a Nathan McCullum delivery in the next over, before Ish Sodhi and Grant Elliot took three wickets apiece to bring the contest to a speedy conclusion.

Leg-spinner Sodhi got Soumya Sarkar stumped on six and deceived Mahmudullah with a googly on five, before getting tail-ender Al-Amin Hossain out for a duck.

Medium-pacer Elliot used the slower ball to good effect, bowling Mushfiqur Rahim for a duck and getting Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza lbw for three. Rahman was caught behind by Luke Ronchi immediately after hitting the only six of Bangladesh’s innings.

“There is no doubt that New Zealand have always been a tough side, especially in the World Cup. They have already proved it in their last three matches and I just want to wish them luck in the semi-finals,” Mortaza said.