Aussies wrap up series

Australia has made short work of completing the formalities of a 3-0 series win with a nine-wicket demolition of Bangladesh in the final one-day international at Fatullah.

For a series which started so brightly in the first Test, the Tigers offered up a measly target of 125 in the third one-dayer - a total not sufficient to seriously trouble Australia's rookie opening partnership of Simon Katich and debutant Mark Cosgrove.

Cosgrove lit up a fairly predictable run chase with a string of powerfully struck boundaries in a beautifully carved run-a-ball 74.

The 21-year-old South Australian will always remember bringing up his maiden one-day international half-century with a massive six back over bowler Rajin Saleh's head - the first of two maximums in Saleh's opening over.

With that huge swipe, Cosgrove became only the seventh Australian to pass 50 on his one-day international debut but his impatience saw him bowled by Abdur Razzak two runs short of the target.

Brad Hogg replaced Cosgrove and immediately cut a four to the boundary to finish the job with 27 overs of Australia's reply left.

Katich, who offered the merest of chances when Khaled Mashud dropped him behind the stumps on 24, finished unbeaten on 42.

Exasperated Bangladeshi captain Habibul Bashar will be tearing out his hair at his side's batting antics, particularly late on when the tail threw away their wickets with seven-and-a-half overs of their 50-over allocation remaining.

Saying that, the top order faired little better with only Saleh (37) and Bashar (33) making any impression as the Tigers capitulated against an experimental Australian line-up.

With Ricky Ponting only named 12th man, stand-in captain Adam Gilchrist took the opportunity to shuffle his attack and used eight different bowlers including a wicketless four-over spell from Cosgrove.

Gilchrist even had the luxury of leaving Queensland all-rounder Andrew Symonds out of the action with the bulk of the work carried out by Hogg (3-17), Mitchell Johnson (2-24) and Dan Cullen (2-25).

The tone for the Bangladeshi innings was set from the moment Johnson trapped opener Shahriar Nafees in front of his stumps in the first over - albeit with the benefit of an inside edge umpire Ian Howell not spotted.

A disconsolate Nafees was sent packing after his second duck of the three-match series to finish with an average of just 5.33.

Bangladesh in truth never recovered from that early setback and painfully struggled to raise any momentum - in stark contrast to the manner in which Bashar's side started the Test series a month ago.

They didn’t pass 100 until the 34th over and by then were already five wickets down.

Aftab Ahmed (one) wafted outside off stump and was caught behind, Mohammad Ashraful (13) scratched around before chipping James Hopes to short midwicket with Saleh and Alok Kapali (five) departing before the century had been bought up.

As in previous encounters, Bashar was Bangladesh's only hope but he fell victim to the first of two Gilchrist stumpings after being dropped a couple of overs before by Hopes off Michael Clarke.

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