Australia had a relatively comfortable outing against Bangladesh at Bangalore, as the Kangaroos won by 3 wickets with 9 balls to spare. The margin of victory could have further boosted Australia, had the middle order shown more sense and maturity and genuinely respected the Bangladeshi bowling.
On bowling first, Australia struck early as Soumya Sarkar was once again dismissed cheaply. The experience of Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah came in handy for Bangladesh as the duo propelled Bangladesh to a respectable total of 156-5 in 20 overs. For Australia, it was leg-spinner Adam Zampa who stood out with his 3 crucial wickets which dented Bangladesh.
Australia’s run chase got off to a solid start as Shane Watson and Usman Khawaja got off in style. However, after Watson was run out, Steve Smith endured another failure and was cleaned up by Mustafizur Rahman. David Warner hit a couple of extravagant strokes before he was caught and bowled by Shakib Al Hasan. Khawaja was determined and was the spine of Australia’s run chase with his knock of 58.
A couple of sixes from Glenn Maxwell had a crucial impact but the “Big Show” once again failed to finish the game. However, James Faulkner kept his cool to take Australia home by 3 wickets. Below, are the statistical highlights of the game.
4-0. Australia lead Bangladesh by 4-0 in head to head T20I encounters. They have met only in the T20 World Cups.
163. Mahmudullah has scored 163 runs at a strike rate of 169.8 without being dismissed in his last 5 T20I innings while batting at number 6 or lower.
51*. The stand between Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim was fourth highest 6th wicket stand against Australia in T20I’s.
0. Adam Zampa had not taken a single wicket in T20I’s before this game. He took 3 today.
20. Shane Watson is now the joint highest wicket taker for Australia in World T20’s along with Mitchell Johnson.