Australia bowled out for 62, its lowest ever T20I score; Bangladesh win series 4-1
Dhaka, August 9: There are defeats and then there are bone crushing blows and Australia, a powerhouse in cricket for decades, felt the latter as Bangladesh bowled them out for 62 runs- its lowest ever T20I score, on Monday, at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. The home side won the five-match series 4-1.
Winning the toss and opting to bat first, Bangladesh managed a below par score of 122 runs for the loss of eight wickets. However, if this series alone is taken into consideration, it looked a defendable total, and defend they did in a spectacular fashion.
Bangladesh had earlier Kept Australia to its lowest ever first innings score in a T20I match and on Monday, ensured that the Aussies leave its shore with a double whammy of having also scored its lowest ever total in a T20I match.
For Bangladesh, talisman Shakib Al Hasan, who had come under fire for getting hit for five sixes in a over in the last match, picked up four wickets today. He also became the first male cricketer to take 100 wickets and score 1,000 runs in T20Is.
The star all rounder took home both the Man of the Match and Man of the Series trophies.
Mohammad Saifuddin took three wickets, Nasum Ahmed two and skipper Mahmudullah Riyad accounted for one wicket.
Apart from Aussies skipper Matthew Wade (22) and Ben McDermott (17), none of the other batters could score in double digits.
Earlier, Bangladeshi openers Mahadi Hasan (13) and Mohammad Naim (23) gave the team a steady start, scoring 42 runs in 4.1 overs. However, as wickets went down regularly, the team had to settle for a little over six runs per over.
Mahmudullah (19), Shakib (11) and Soumya Sarkar (16) all got starts, but failed to convert those into anything substantial. However, with the bowlers stickeing to smart lines in the second innings, it helped the team to an easy victory.
For Australia, Nathan Ellis and Daniel Christian claimed two wickets each, while Aston Turner, Aston Agar and Adam Zampa accounted for a wicket each.