Tigers opt to bat; Aussies field two leg-spinners

    Bangladeshi Governor Mahmoud Riyadh and Australian leader Matthew Wade during the eruption. Photo: Firoz Ahmed



    Bangladeshi Governor Mahmoud Riyadh and Australian leader Matthew Wade during the eruption. Photo: Firoz Ahmed

    Bangladesh won the race and the Tigers will be the first to beat Australia in the fifth and final T20I at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today.

    Bangladesh made two changes to the team. Mosaddek Hossain replaces the young Shamim Hossain, while Shoriful Islam, who according to Governor Mahmudullah Riyad suffers from a “small whining”, has rested with the all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin making his first appearance in the series.

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    Australia, meanwhile, has also made two changes. Young pacemaker Nathan Ellis and spinner Adam Zampa are back for Andrew Tye and Josh Hazlewood. And that means Australia is going with three front-line spinners for the first time in the T20Is with two of them – Zampa and Mitchell Swepson – spinning their legs.

    After Bangladesh had already completed a series of five games with three consecutive victories, Australia managed to save a victory in the fourth T20I on Saturday.

    Will it be another low-scoring contest? As it stands, with an average score of 5.86, this series has already become the slowest T20I series in at least three games ever played.

    Bangladesh used the conditions of the house to their advantage very well, preparing slow and caught fins that fit better with the Tigers’ threads and someone like Mustafizur Rahman.

    However, Australia advanced about eleven in the fourth T20I and, led by leggie Swepson, the Aussies managed to win a three-wicket victory – their first win in a row – in this game.

    Playing XI:

    Bangladesh: Mahmudullah Riyad, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Naim, Shakib Al Hasan, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Nasum Ahmed

    Australia: Alex Carey, Ben McDermott, Mitchell Marsh, Moises Henriques, Matthew Wade, Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar, Nathan Ellis, Dan Christian, Mitchell Swepson, Adam Zampa

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