Nasum's 4-fer powers Bangladesh to a win over visiting Australia in first T20I
Dhaka, August 4: Losing the toss and asked to bat first, hosts Bangladesh had a sluggish start- one that wasn't noteworthy- but that didn't keep them from having the last laugh as they defeated Australia by 23 runs to take a 1-0 lead after the end of the first T20I match here on Tuesday.
The home team managed 131 runs for the loss of seven wickets after the end of their 20 overs.
Opener Mohammad Naim (30), star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (36) and couple of twenty odd runs from Skipper Mahmudullah (20) and Afif Hossain (23) propelled bangladesh to a below par total, as Australia looked the better side at the end of the first innings of the match.
For Australia, Josh Hazlewood (3) and Mitchell Starc (2) picked up the majority of the wickets, supported by Adam Zampa and Andrew Tye, who picked up a wicket each.
However, it all changed too quickly for the Aussies, as they lost the opening wicket in the very first ball of their chase.
Apart from Mitchell Marsh (45)- who has hit form recently- none of the Aussie batters posed a threat as Nasum Ahmed tore through the lineup with four wickets.
Mehedi and Shakib Al Hasan accounted for a piece each, while Mustafizur and Shoriful Islam picked up two each, to bowl out the visitors for 108 runs.
Nasum was adjudged the Man of the Match.