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Australia stop rot with consolation victory

  • Published at 10:52 pm August 7th, 2021
Mahmudullah
Australia players appeal successfully for the lbw of Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah during the fourth T20I in Mirpur Saturday AFP

Chasing 105 runs for a consolation victory, Australia reached their target with six balls to spare, thanks to Agar’s vital run-a-ball 27 in the closing stage of the match

Australia managed to stop the rot and secure a nervy three-wicket win chasing 105 over hosts Bangladesh  in the fourth T20I of the five-match series in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Saturday.

Chasing 105 runs for a consolation victory, Australia reached their target with six balls to spare, thanks to Ashton Agar’s vital run-a-ball 27 in the closing stage of the match.

Bangladesh started well while defending the target as Australia skipper Mathew Wade’s nightmare run of form continued.

The Aussie captain was clean bowled in the fourth ball of the innings after scoring two.

Australia promoted all-rounder Daniel Christian to No 3 and the right-hander did the trick for the tourists as he scored a superb 15-ball 39 with five sixes and one four.

Christian smashed five sixes in the fourth over bowled by Shakib al Hasan, which gave the visitors a huge lift at the beginning, and that cameo proved to be a match-winning knock in the end.

Shakib has never conceded five sixes in a game in his entire career and his bowling figure, 4-0-50-0 was the costliest in his limited-overs career.

Bangladesh fought back with regular wickets in the middle part as Australia were 65/5 after in-form Mitchel Marsh (11) departed during the 11th over.

But Agar and Ashton Turner formed a vital 34-run partnership for the seventh wicket where Agar scored crucial 27 runs.

Eventually Australia managed to reach their target despite losing one more wicket.

Bangladesh have already won the series after winning the first three matches and the fifth and final game will be played Monday.

Winning the toss, Bangladesh elected to bat and the Tigers remained unchanged in their playing XI.

Bangladesh opening pair Soumya Sarkar and Mohammad Naim struggled yet again in the series as Soumya departed after scoring eight off 10 deliveries with a six.

Naim scored 28 but he played 36 deliveries which saw Bangladesh make a slow start in the opening overs.

No 3 batsman Shakib also batted slowly and struggled at the middle as the left-hander scored only 15 off 26 deliveries with just one boundary.

Leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson took back-to-back wickets in the 11th over, trapping Mahmudullah and Nurul Hasan (both nought) as the Aussies were on top.

After 11 overs, Bangladesh were 68 for five.

Afifi Hossain’s 20 and Mahedi Hasan’s 23 in the late stage gave Bangladesh some much needed runs in the death overs as the Tigers crawled past 100 run mark.

Eventually Bangladesh managed to score 104 losing nine wickets in their 20 overs.

Andrew Tye and Swepson were the best bowlers for the Aussies with three scalps each.

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