Australia scrape to first victory

    Australian basketball player Dan Christian hits an area above the football field during the 15-ball 39 with Bangladesh in the fourth T20I at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. The whirlwind ensured that the visitors crossed the line with three wickets in hand in a 105-run chase to record their first win of the tour. PHOTO: FIROZ AHMED

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    Australian basketball player Dan Christian hits an area above the football field during the 15-ball 39 with Bangladesh in the fourth T20I at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. The whirlwind ensured that the visitors crossed the line with three wickets in hand in a 105-run chase to record their first win of the tour. PHOTO: FIROZ AHMED

    Batting proved to be Bangladesh’s downfall as the Tigers lost their fourth T20I to Australia by three wickets at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday, leaving their rare chances of completing a first clean sweep of the Aussies.

    The difficult victory for Australia was their first in a series of five games that has already been won 3-1 by a dominant Bangladeshi.

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    After a solid show of bowling, led by leggie Mitchell Swepson, saw Australia limit Bangladesh to a minimum of 104 for nine, the visitors hopped, but eventually managed to chase the low total with six balls.

    Australia had made a clear change in their approach to this game and it showed with the mission of Dan Christian at No. 3, in front of Mitchell Mars, after the guests lost the captain Matthew Wade with the surrender of Mahdi Hassan in the first pass.

    Christian clarified his intention, crushing 30 turns by Shakib Al Hassan in the fourth pass, as he hit the top all-rounder for five masses of six, making the challenge even sharper for the hosts.

    The Tigers, however, were overthrown when Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed and Mahdi took five quick hairpins — including Christian after 15 balls 39 blitz and Mitchell Mars in 15-ball form for just 18 yards in a 18-yard touchdown run. , reducing visitors to a vulnerable position of 65 for six after 10.2 over.

    Bowling very cheaply, Mustafizur, Mahedi picked up two wickets each, while Nasum and Shoriful Islam each had a head in their names, but that could not stop Australia as the 34th wicket stop between Ashton Agar (27 off 27) and Andrew Tye (4 * discount 7) finally saw the guests at home.

    Earlier, Bangladesh’s bat problems, a constant feature of the team throughout the series, but were never emphasized due to the bowling ability they took on each time in the first three T20Is, were revealed.

    The misery of the open Soumya Sarkar continued as he threw his wicket once again after a single-digit score, an eight with 10 balls, for the fourth consecutive time.

    Shakib’s experienced arrival at No. 3 had to bring stability to the Tigers squad. However, the Round had the worst day of the bat series, heading for Hazelwood after a stalemate with 26 balls 15, which included 18 dots and a solitary limit that the Round had to build with a wicketkeeper scoop.

    A slow Mirpur stadium with lots of zippers in the store soon proved to be a disaster for the Tigers, as Swepson’s googlies made Governor Mahmudullah Riyad and Nurul Hasan trapped in front of surrenders, leaving Bangladesh mad at 51 for four after 11 overs.

    Swepson constantly annoyed Bangladesh with his mistakes, making Naim Sheikh (28 out of 36) his third victim, as the left-hander tried to force a slog-sweep but ended up cutting it in the hands of the wicketkeeper. The leg-spinner finished with impressive figures of three for 12 in four over.

    With the pressure rising due to a score below five, Bangladesh never looked at the top while hitting, but a 17-ball cameo from Afif Hossain and Mahedi 16-ball 23 in their deaths helped the triple digit somewhat. score.

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