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Mahmudullah: We will be challenging whoever comes to play in Bangladesh

  • Published at 11:39 pm August 9th, 2021
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Bangladesh players celebrate with the T20I series trophy in Mirpur after beating Australia 4-1 AFP

Bangladesh in their next assignment will take on New Zealand at home for a five-match T20I series

Bangladesh T20I captain Mahmudullah said his team will be challenging at home for any team that comes to play.

The statement from the middle-order batsman came following Bangladesh’s historic series win against Australia.

Hosts Bangladesh Monday registered a 4-1 series win, humbling the visitors by 60 runs in the fifth and the final game of the series at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

Chasing 123 runs, Australia were restricted to 62, their lowest total in the format, inside 14 overs.

Bangladesh had secured the series after winning the first three games.

They lost the fourth but made an astonishing comeback in the last game to crush the mighty Aussies. 

This is Bangladesh’s maiden bilateral series win against Australia.

The series was the first bilateral between the two teams in the format.

“We always felt that in our home condition we are a very good team. We cannot let anything go pass us. We will be challenging whoever comes to play in Bangladesh and we will like to win every series. Every game is important and you need to show that hunger and keep improving in T20 cricket. Though the ranking doesn’t show, I believe we are a very good side. I have always felt that our team has a good potential to be a good T20 team,” said Mahmudullah at the post-match presentation Monday.

Bangladesh in the game opted to bat first and the batting unit labored to 122 losing eight wickets in the stipulated 20 overs.

The surface in Mirpur was similar to that it has been throughout the series – low and slow, and struggle for the batters of the competing teams.

On the day opener Mohammad Naim topped the Bangladesh innings with a run-a-ball 23.

Defending the total, Bangladesh bowlers maintained their dominance even in the last game.

They frustrated the opposition batters as only two, Matthew Wade [22] and Ben McDermott [17], were able to score in double digit.

Shakib al Hasan, who finished as both the Man of the Match and the Series, led the pack picking up four wickets conceding just nine runs in 3.4 overs.

Right-arm pacer Saifuddin, in his only game in the series, bagged three scalps, followed by spinner Nasum Ahmed with two.

“It is hard to express my thoughts [on the series win]. I am very happy for the boys. The team management has been supporting really well. The boys showed a lot of character and hunger to win the series against a team like Australia. Having said that I think we executed our plan well,” said Mahmudullah.

“Of course it was hard for the batters to score runs but we did manage to do some good things and kept our nerves on the wicket to get 120 to 130 on the board so that we are in the game. But credit must go to our bowling unit. It has been wonderful. The spinners the fast bowlers everyone had put a great work together."

Bangladesh in their next assignment will take on New Zealand at home for a five-match T20I series. 

Visitors New Zealand are scheduled to reach Dhaka on August 24 and play the matches between September 1 to 10 in Mirpur.