With two matches in hand, Bangladesh has a good chance to secure the T20 series against Australia. The Tigers will play the third T20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur tomorrow to win the series. The match, which started at 7 pm, will be telecast live on Gazi TV and T Sports.
Bangladesh won the first two matches and went ahead 2-0 in the series. The Tigers won the first match by 23 runs and the second by 5 wickets. If they win the third match of the series tomorrow, Bangladesh will win the first bilateral T20 against Australia.
The Australian batsmen failed to bat in both the matches due to slow batting. In the first match, the visitors were all out for 107 runs with a target of 132 runs. Australia, who batted first, were in good shape till the second 18 overs. However, Mustafizur Rahman’s great bowling stopped Australia at 121 for 7.
Australia captain Matthew Wade has warned the team’s players to fix the batting problem before the third match. Otherwise the team will have to accept the series rate. If the series is lost, the team will face the threat of whitewash.
“Unfortunately we batted in the last four overs of the second match was very disappointing,” Wade said. We were in good condition on the way to get 130-140 runs, we were in the truck to get a good score.
“Their (Bangladeshi) pacers have done well and we will try to do better there,” he added. The bowlers of both the teams have done great. We are happy with the way they are going. Our bowling is not a problem. We were not in good condition in the first match and the batsmen in the second match could not do well. The problem must be solved in the third match.
On the other hand, the confident Bangladesh has performed well in their own conditions in the first two matches. Batting first in the first match, Bangladesh scored 131 runs for 6 wickets. However, in the past, the Tigers could not fight with little capital in this format. But this time the bowlers, especially left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed, had a terrible hand. Nasum tasted the historic victory of Bangladesh against Australia with 4 wickets for 19 runs.
In the second match, Bangladesh lost the fifth wicket for 6 runs in the 12th over to play at the target of 122 runs. However, they did not give up against Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood in the Australian bowling attack. Afif tasted victory against the two best bowlers in the world by batting with courage.
Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyadh is getting confidence to ensure a quick series win in such a performance of the youth. The best all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has played an important role in the two matches, Mahmudullah also mentioned.
He said that he was very happy to see Afif-Sohan fight. They took it to the end. They and the bowlers of the team have shown their image of becoming and they have stopped the opponent by 120 runs with a great performance.