Australia in Bangladesh, 5 T20I Series, 2021 |3rd T20I |8/6/2021 Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
So, that is it from this game! Bangladesh have not only won the game but also the series. Still, two games to go through in this series with the 4th T20I being played on Saturday. That game begins at 1800 local (1200 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!
Mahmudullah, Man of the Match, says the way boys fought was brilliant. States it was not a 150 wicket, he and Shakib Al Hasan knew that one of them needed to bat deep as it was not easy for a new batter as the Aussies were bowling really well. States they wanted early wickets and build pressure and Fizz was excellent but it was a combined effort from everyone.
Matthew Wade says the bowlers have been really good, they kept them in most of the games but they have not taken the opportunity with the bat which is disappointing. States they never thought it was going to be an easy chase, they know Bangladesh is good towards the death and it was only going to get tougher and tougher. States the third wicket partnership was good and it laid a foundation but he is disappointed they could not close it out. Credits the way Nathan Ellis bowled but he hopes they can finish the tour with two wins.
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For Australia once again, Marsh was the star! This time though he got able support from Ben McDermott but the latter fell at the wrong moment. The others failed to contribute and also, lack of boundaries made it difficult. Once Marsh fell after getting to his half-ton, Australia needed a miracle. Mahedi Hasan did bowl an extremely poor 20th over but he did manage to defend the runs he had to. Overall, Australia will be pretty disappointed with how their batting has panned out in this series.
Have to say, this is a commendable effort from the hosts! What a performance! No matter how difficult the wicket is, defending something around 130 is never easy and they have done so AGAIN! Yes, it is a combined effort with the ball but there has to be a special mention for that one guy, probably the best left-arm pacer going around in this format, Mustafizur Rahman. He just gave away 9 runs in his 4 overs, he did not pick a wicket but take anything away from his efforts. He bowled tough overs, overs where the pressure was on Bangladesh and he shone with flying colors. However, it was Shakib and Nasum who put the pressure earlier on but the Fizz along with the youngster Shoriful Islam did brilliantly in the middle overs and towards the death.
Jubilation amongst the Bangladesh players! What a night for them! What a win for them! Just outstanding. For the very first time, they have won any kind of a series against the mighty Aussies and they have done it with two games to go. Stunning stuff.
Mahedi Hasan to Dan Christian, There it is, Bangladesh win by 10 runs and wins the series by 3-0. A full ball on middle. Dan Christian drills it to long on for a single.
Mahedi Hasan to Dan Christian, Looks like that is a match for the Tigers. Full and way outside off. Dan Christian slaps it to point for a single.
Mahedi Hasan to Alex Carey, LEG BYE! Good bowling! A full ball, quicker and on the pads. Carey fails to connect and hits on the pads. They take a leg bye to the off side.
Mahedi Hasan to Dan Christian, NO BALL! It is all happening here! A full toss, above the waist height! Dan Christian pulls it to square leg for a single. Free-Hit coming up. Dan Christian will be very disappointed! Had he hit that over the ropes, Australia would have had a serious chance, they still do but it could well have been the defining hit.
Mahedi Hasan to Dan Christian, Dot ball! A full ball on middle. Dan Christian smashes it back to the bowler, who parries it to the off side but no runs given.
Mahedi Hasan to Alex Carey, Just a single! A full ball outside off. Carey looks to heave it but miscues it to the leg side for a single. 15 needed now.
Mahedi Hasan to Alex Carey, SIX! CLOBBERED! 16 needed now! A short ball on middle. Carey rocks back and pulls it over mid-wicket for a biggie. A poor ball to start with and Carey makes him pay. Pressure on the youngster.
END OF OVER 19 | 1 Runs & 0 Wkt | AUS 106/4
Mahedi Hasan to bowl the last over! He has plenty of runs to defend. Can Australia do some magic?
Mustafizur Rahman to Dan Christian, Just a single of the penultimate over! Brilliant from Mustafizur Rahman! A low full toss outside off. Dan Christian knocks it back to the keeper, who does well to dive to his left and grab it. 22 needed off 6 balls.
Mustafizur Rahman to Dan Christian, Another dot ball! A slower short ball way outside off. Dan Christian comes down the track and fails to connect.
Mustafizur Rahman to Dan Christian, Another dot! Brilliant stuff from Mustafizur Rahman! A slower full ball, slanting across, outside off. Dan Christian does not read it and misses his push.
Mustafizur Rahman to Dan Christian, Brilliant delivery! A slower length ball on middle. Dan Christian comes down the track and looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads.
Mustafizur Rahman to Alex Carey, A length ball way outside off. Carey steps across and slaps it to covers for a single.
Mustafizur Rahman to Alex Carey, Dot to start the over! A full ball, off-cutter and outside off. Alex Carey swings and misses.
END OF OVER 18 | 11 Runs & 0 Wkt | AUS 105/4
Shoriful Islam to Dan Christian, FOUR! EDGY RUNS! Australia will take it however it comes! A short of a length ball on off. Dan Christian looks to pull but gets a top edge over the keeper's head and to the fence. 23 needed in 12 balls.
Shoriful Islam to Alex Carey, Lenght ball way outside off. Carey knocks it to covers for one.