Tigers wrap up series with thumping win

    Bangladesh ended the series as it started, dominating the ball proceedings, as it condemned Australia to the lowest-scoring T20I ever, 62 to finish a five-game 4-1 run with Shakib Al Hasan clearing the line.

    The 60-run light-day victory at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium yesterday was also the Tigers’ second-largest T20I route victory.

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    It was a historic series victory for the Tigers in their first bilateral T20I series against the Aussies. Having taken an unquestionable lead in the series by winning the first three T20Is in Mirpur, Bangladesh confirmed its dominance in yesterday’s fifth T20I after the small blow of the fourth loss on Saturday.

    The Tigers dedicated their maiden T20I series on Australia to Father Bangabandhu Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members who embraced the martyrdom this month in 1975.

    Having reached behind the 4-1 T20I series defeat in the West Indies, the host Australian team managed to win only one victory against the Tigers in the fourth T20I, largely succumbing to the slow wolf and Mustafizur Rahman cutters making the difference between of both sides.

    But having reduced headquarters once again to an easy-to-use goal yesterday, the Aussie’s response this time was disastrous.

    Defending a mediocre score of 122 for eight, the Bangladeshi spinners once again set the tone early. Nasum Ahmed fired Dan Christian, who was sent to open the proceeds, outside the bullion. A critical blow followed on the next left-wing turn, the fourth of the year, when Mitchell Mars in form seemed to cross the line, only to be trapped before and unable to reverse the decision.

    Captain Matthew Wade had two strong six from Mahedi Hassan as he seemed to dominate, but Shakib cleared his castle in seventh with a delivery that rushed in and under Wade’s shot. With the captain going after a 22-ball run, Australia’s innings will collapse in a pile thanks in large part to Shakib’s four-finned carriage.

    During a turbulent bowling alley with 40 appearances, Australia lost eight wickets, adding just 24 points, dropping to their lowest score in the T20 – 17 runs over the previous worst of 79, with England in 2005 ., who left Dhaka for home later that night, would try to forget the series as soon as possible.

    In his first match of the series, Mohammad Saifuddin took three wickets with Alex Carey and Moises Henriques leaving in 11th with a score of three.

    Ashton Turner gave Shakib the second wicket of the match, offering a dahlia from the middle, as the ace was the first player to make 100 wickets and score 1,000 consecutive T20Is. Shakib, playing in the 84th T20I, has already scored 1,718 tracks in form and before the race he was two wickets shy of the feat.

    Shakib scored two more wickets in his final over – 14th innings – knocking out Nathan Ellis and Adam Zampa to finish four for nine as Australia were 62 for away.

    Earlier, Bangladesh’s strike continued to falter as the home side won the toss, scoring just 122 for eight.

    Australia should have worked in favor of the visitors by picking four threads in the lineup, including Zampa and Mitchell Swepson, but early in the start it had the opposite effect as the Tigers started the best start in the E-Series.

    Mahedi swept Turner for four in the first over before Mohamed Naim sent Agar through the midwicket for six, as early dynamics belonged to Bangladesh. The duo took leggie Zampa for 14 runs in the third, as the combination left-right opening showed a good case.

    After an economical Ellis over with just two runs, Australia made it to the fifth over, breaking the 42nd, as Mahedi found a Turner tradition bouncing a little longer than he expected and too close to pull. The resulting shot caused only the Mahedi bat to fly, while the ball went to the man in the midwicket to see the right-hand man leave for a 12-ball 13.

    Despite the wicket and Ellis after bowling another financial over, conceding just three runs, Bangladesh reached 46 for one in Powerplay.

    The Tigers would throw all this away with a sad show of blow later. The Australians realized that their slowest cuts had an effect and brought Christian, who removed Naim for a run-ball-23, after a bad reverse paddle. Shakib, who had no chance, fell to Zamba, away from home, after 15 10-pointers, as Bangladesh reached 60 for three after 10 overs.

    Captain Mahmoudullah added liveliness to the Tigers’ yards by entering the number five with Sumia trying to count his shots at the other end. Mahmudullah came in quickly, picking up his shots regularly, including a six from Agar.

    But as soon as he left, scoring 19 to 14, the Tigers dropped to 91 for four in the 14 overs. Soumya, having accelerated by six or four, retreated a long distance trying to clear Christian of the ropes.

    Afif Hossein started strong, hitting a six-card cover as the Tigers finished in 15th place with 102 for five. The last five over gave only 20 series as the hosts lost three more wickets.

    Agar, Zamba, Ellis and Christian made smart dogs to slow down, even the trained Afif struggles to get rid of the slowest traditions. Nurul Hassan (8) and Afif (10) left for Ellis and Mohamed Saifuddin was exhausted without facing a surrender as a limit from Mossadenk Hossein in the final over the Tigers to reach 122 for eight.

    Bangladeshi players celebrate one of Shakib Al Hasan (C) ‘s four dismissals against Australia during the fifth and final T20I at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday. The four from the ace all-rounder helped the Tigers to win the match with 60 consecutive and take the turn with 4-1. PHOTO: FIROZ AHMED

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    Bangladeshi players celebrate one of Shakib Al Hasan (C) ‘s four dismissals against Australia during the fifth and final T20I at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday. The four from the ace all-rounder helped the Tigers to win the match with 60 consecutive and take the turn with 4-1. PHOTO: FIROZ AHMED

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