Bangladesh vs Australia, 3rd T20I: Mahmudullah half century proves vital
Australia fall to Bangladesh again after a Mahmudullah half century in the 3rd T20I, at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur today.
Bangladesh 127/9 (20 ov)
Australia 117/4 (20 ov)
Result - Bangladesh won by 10 runs.
Bangladesh have done it 3-0 and they have beaten Australia for the first time in any series. Terrific scenes here to remember in the history of Bangladesh cricket. Who would have predicted this result at the start of this series! Seventh consecutive T20I wins at home for the Tigers and this has been a massive effort from them!
Bangladesh were outstanding with the ball. Nasum Ahmed and Shakib Al Hasan were brilliant with their spin. Shoriful Islam with two crucial wickets, including the all important one of Marsh that really turned the game in their favor. However, there was one man who may not have been amongst the wickets, but was incredibly brilliant with his bowling. If you've followed the game, you know who this man is! Mustafizur Rahman going for just 9 runs off his 4 overs! Just 9 runs!! And it was his magnificent effort that really put pressure on Australia making it all the more difficult for them.
Australia looked well set but losing wickets in the middle with the runs drying up as well was where they lost the plot and then had too much to do in the end, which was always going to be difficult on this track. Another failure for them and with the series already lost, they've got some thinking to do as to how they are going to win with two games more to go. They've got pride to play for and will want to turn things around and end the series on a high.
A dream debut for Nathan Ellis (3-34), with some assistance from Hazlewood and Zampa, managed to keep Bangladesh under control. Mahmudullah (52) however hit a well taken half century to give them a fighting chance.
It came down to the wire, but despite Mitchell Marsh matching him with a half century it wasn't enough for Australia as they lost by 10 runs.
Matthew Wade: The bowling has been very good and they have kept us in the game. We did not take our opportunity with the bat and that is very disappointing. We know their bowlers have been challenging and when the rate goes up to 8 on these wickets it becomes very challenging. It is tough to close out an innings on these wickets. Nathan (Ellis) bowled well to get that ( on Nathan Ellis's hat-trick).
Mahmudullah, Player of the Match/Winning Captain: I think the boys stood up at an important time and the way they fought today was incredible to see. I think it wasn't a 150 wicket. When Shakib and I were batting we thought one of us has to stay till the end. It was tough for a new batsmen and Australia were using the condition quite well. I think the bowlers did their job really well and we were just focusing on our process and we held it together tonight. When we were about to go onto the field I wanted Shakib to have a chat and he told that no matter what happens we have to bowl out heart out and build pressure so that we can have a chance. In the end I think Mustafizur did a brilliant job once again, Shoriful chipped in and all the bowlers executed really well. We had a chat that we need to step up and we feel that we are a very good side though the ranking doesn't show it at the moment. We just need to have a big heart and play with freedom.
Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Naim Sheikh - 1.6 ov), 2-3 (Soumya Sarkar - 2.1 ov), 3-47 (Shakib Al Hasan - 8.1 ov), 4-76 (Afif Hossain - 11.6 ov), 5-81 (Shamim Hossain - 13.4 ov), 6-97 (Nurul Hasan - 15.4 ov), 7-127 (Mahmudullah - 19.4 ov), 8-127 (Mustafizur Rahman - 19.5 ov), 9-127 (Mahedi Hasan - 19.6 ov)
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Matthew Wade - 1.3 ov), 2-71 (Ben McDermott - 13.2 ov), 3-74 (Moises Henriques - 14.1 ov), 4-94 (Mitchell Marsh - 17.1 ov)
BANGLADESH - Naim Sheikh, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah (C), Nurul Hasan (WK), Afif Hossain, Shamim Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam
AUSTRALIA - Matthew Wade (WK/C), Ben McDermott, Mitchell Marsh, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey, Ashton Turner, Daniel Christian, Ashton Agar, Nathan Ellis, Adam Zampa
Date 2021-08-06 13:05 PM
Venue Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka, Dhaka
Toss Bangladesh won the toss & elected to bat
Umpires Gazi Sohel, Sharfuddoula
Tv Umpires Masudur Rahman
Match Referee Neeyamur Rashid
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