Bangladesh are crossing swords with Australia in the five-match T20I series. The first two games ended in favour of the hosts at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. The hosts won the T20I opener by 23 runs and took the opening lead in the series.
Bangladesh managed to open their account against Australia in this format. Earlier, they faced the Aussies on four occasions but lost all of them. However, they ensured to exploit Aussies’ frailties at the right place to get a better result.
Nasum Ahmed, the left-arm unorthodox spinner, made life tough for the Aussies. The Men in Yellow struggled to tackle spin, something they should learn soon before it’s too late. Nasum Ahmed was adjudged the Man of the Match for taking 4 wickets.
Bangladesh posted just 131/7 in 20 overs. Despite posting a low total, they still managed to dismantle Australia for 108/10. Coming to the second T20I, Australia batted first and posted a paltry score of 121/7 in 20 overs. Mitchell Marsh once again top-scored with 45.
Afif Hossain hits a mesmerizing boundary off Mitchell Starc
Bangladesh bowlers tried their maximum best to keep the Aussies in check. Among the bowlers, Mustafizur Rahman raised his bar and performed at the highest level. The left-arm pacer took three wickets to his name. Shoriful Islam took two wickets to his credit.
In reply, Bangladesh did face some issues in the run-chase. They lost half of their batting unit. However, they ensured to ace the run chase with eight balls to spare. Mohammad Naim and Soumya Sarkar departed for cheap scores of 9 and 0.
Shakib Al Hasan and Mahedi Hasan scored 26 and 23 respectively but there was a lack of stability. Skipper Mahmudullah was dismissed for a duck. However, Afif Hossain and Nurul Hasan stayed till the end and helped Bangladesh get past the victory line.
Afif Hossain and Nurul Hasan scored 37 and 22 respectively. The highlight of the match was when the 21-year-old Afif Hossain played a mesmerizing shot for a boundary. Mitchell Starc pitched the ball right in the slot and the youngster dispatched it for a beautiful boundary.