Australia in Bangladesh, 5 T20I Series, 2021
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Date & Time: 09 August 2021
RR: 4.54 | Bangladesh beat Australia by 60 runs
Right then, that concludes the proceedings for this 5-match T20I series. It was not at all a surprise to see Bangladesh win it. Their next assignment is against New Zealand who will be visiting the Asian team in September. Australia, on the other hand, don't have any immediate series to participate in and would take this break to reflect on their performance in West Indies and Bangladesh. It's time for us to bid you farewell. Do join us in future for more action. Cheers!
Mahmudullah, the skipper of Bangladesh, says that he is very happy for the boys as they showed a lot of character and hunger to win a series against a team like Australia. Admits that it was tough for the batters but they found a way to put runs on the board. Credits the spinners and fast bowlers for doing a wonderful job. Adds that the development of the bowlers has been increasing nicely and they have kept their nerves in the crunch moments. Mentions that there will be a time when you have to back yourself under pressure, keep calm and execute your skills. Shares that he had a chat with the bowlers before the series and had asked them to take more responsibility and be more proactive. He is pleased with the way his boys fought in the series. Says that in their backyard they are a very good team and they will challenge whoever comes to Bangladesh. Wants to keep improving in this format and feels that they have the potential to be the very best in T20Is. Signs off by dedicating this series win to the Father of the Nation and his family members.
Shakib Al Hasan is chosen for the Player of the Match and Series award. The star all-rounder says that he is still enjoying the game which is important and thanks his teammates for the support. Mentions that they have played some great cricket in the recent past. Tells that the wicket was tough but they held their nerves. Shares that if you look at the last match, Bangladesh scored 104 and still it went to the last over and they knew they need to score 120-130 and that would be enough. Adds that they started well with the bat in this match and did the job. Praises the bowlers for doing an outstanding job in the series. Says that they are trying to improve in all the areas and feels that the fast bowlers have improved a lot. Concludes by saying that it was a very good combination of spin and fast bowling.
Matthew Wade, the Aussie skipper, says that it's hard to say there are positives, but it was good learning. Tells that these were the toughest conditions they have played and the young boys got some good exposure. Mentions that there is no excuse for not playing enough cricket as they are professionals and recently played matches in West Indies. Credits the Bangladesh team for finding a way to score runs and says that it's unfortunate that Australia didn't. States that most of the positives for them were in the bowling department and praises Mitchell Marsh for his batting. Feels that the biggest takeaway from the series is that they have to find a way to bat in spinning conditions. Adds that to give young players the exposure of these pitches was another takeaway as even the experienced guys like him, Dan Christian and Moises Henriques also found it tough to score runs. Signs off by congratulating the Bangla boys.
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The bowling from Bangladesh, as usual, was right on the money. They knew the conditions so just stuck to excellent lines and lengths. Shakib Al Hasan redeemed himself with the ball after going for 50 runs in his 4 overs in the last match. The star all-rounder picked up 4 wickets and also became the first player to do a double of 100 wickets and 1000 runs in this format. Playing in his first game of the series, Mohammad Saifuddin also left his mark and took three wickets. His variations were too tough to pick for the Aussies and the seamer utilized the conditions to the maximum. Not to forget Nasum Ahmed who provided the first two breakthroughs and finished with 8 wickets in the series, the joint-most with Josh Hazlewood. Overall, a thumping win for Bangladesh and they will be lifting the trophy with a big smile.
The touring team has been floored yet again! For the umpteenth time on this tour, it was a sorry batting show by them. The slow decks are not meant for them and they have plenty to ponder on before the T20 World Cup as the conditions in the UAE will be almost similar. It was a chase of 123 in this match and Australia gambled by opening with Dan Christian. It didn't work out though and the visitors ended up losing two wickets inside the Powerplay. For a change, Matthew Wade fought hard and hit a couple of big shots but that was it. As has been the norm throughout the series, it was a steady procession and the wickets kept falling at regular intervals. There is a saying to save the best for the last, Australia managed the opposite, they saved their worst effort with the bat for the last. The Aussies succumbed to their lowest T20I score and suffered a hefty defeat in their final outing in Bangladesh.
A comprehensive victory for Bangladesh and they take the series 4-1! Joy erupts in the Bangla camp and the Aussies are also seen clapping for the home team. Yet another great bowling show by the hosts and they have made Australia surrender.
Adam Zampa is the last man in.
Mitchell Swepson is the new man in.
Nathan Ellis walks out to bat.
Ashton Agar is the new man in.
Who will come out to bat next? Ashton Turner walks out to bat at No.7.
Mohammad Saifuddin comes to bowl. 1-0-5-0 are his figures so far.
Moises Henriques is in next.
The physio comes out to perform the mandatory concussion check. Nothing to worry though as the action resumes.
Alex Carey is the new batsman. 85 needed off 76 balls.
Time for Shakib Al Hasan with the ball. He went for 50 in his 4 overs in the last match and would look to redeem himself.
Mohammad Saifuddin to bowl his first over of the series.
Mustafizur Rahman is into the attack now.
Ben McDermott walks out to bat.
Review time! Mitchell Marsh has been adjudged LBW and he has sent it upstairs. The replays show that he is plumb in front and he will have to depart.
Who will come out to bat? Mitchell Marsh walks out to bat.
Who will bowl from the other end? Nasum Ahmed comes into the attack.