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McGrath becomes top wicket-taker

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ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- Australia pace bowler Glenn McGrath became the highest World Cup wicket-taker when he took his tally to 57 as his side coasted to a 10-wicket win in a rain-shortened Super Eights match against Bangladesh on Saturday.

McGrath, taking the new ball for the first time in the tournament, captured three for 16 from his five overs as Bangladesh struggled to 104 for six in their allotted 22 overs.

Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden needed less than 14 overs to knock off the runs for victory.

Gilchrist made 59 and Hayden 47.

The match was reduced after a five-hour delay caused by overnight rain, which soaked the outfield.

McGrath also became the current tournament's leading wicket-taker with 12.

The youthful Bangladesh side betrayed their inexperience with a series of increasingly desperate swings against disciplined bowling,.

McGrath bowled Shahriar Nafees in his second over for three, to equal Pakistani Wasim Akram's mark of 55.

In McGrath's next over Aftab Ahmed, who had sliced Shaun Tait for six over third man, was caught by Nathan Bracken at mid-on from a wild swing for 11.

Mohammad Ashraful followed for six, to an equally unproductive slog which soared high in the air to captain Ricky Ponting, waiting behind the bowler.

McGrath, 37, who had 45 wickets before the tournament, will retire from all cricket after the World Cup final in Barbados on April 28.

Bracken started the slide when he had Tamim Iqbal caught by Brad Hogg at deep mid-on for three in his second over with the new ball.

He returned to bowl the final over and struck again when captain Habibul Bashar (24) pulled him straight to Ponting at mid-wicket.

Shane Watson left the field with a calf strain after bowling four balls of his second over.


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McGrath will retire from all cricket at the end of the World Cup.

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