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Tigers eye first T20 win over Aussies

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  • 2nd August, 2021 10:32:27 PM
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Tigers eye first T20 win over Aussies

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Bangladesh will be eyeing to make a good start in the five-match T20I series against Australia as they take on the visitors in the opening game at the Sher-e Bangla National Cricket Stadium today.

The match will start at 06:00pm (Bangladesh Standard Time) and will be aired live on T Sports and Gazi TV as well as on the digital platform.

However, the series will not be broadcast in Australia after the Australian broadcasters expressed their reluctance on broadcasting the matches.

The series has already made history in Bangladesh cricket as they never played a five-match T20I series before and it’s the first time they are playing against Australia in a bilateral T20 series.

The Tigers have previously played four T20Is against the Aussies, all in the ICC World T20s and they finished on the losing side in all these matches.

Bangladesh have played Australia only once in a T20I at home, way back in 2014 and they lost by seven wickets in that game.

Bangladesh have the opportunity to break their duck against Australia in the match as they are high with confidence after completing a hat-trick of series win in Zimbabwe.

The Tigers won the one-off Test before sweeping the three-match ODI series and thereafter they won the three-match T20I series by 2-1.

Bangladesh will be without some of their star players in the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das in the series whereas the visitors will also be without eight of their regular T20 starters such as David Warner, Steve Smith and Aaron Finch.

Despite some injury concerns, Bangladesh will get the service of ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan who is just five wickets shy of completing 100 wickets in T20I cricket, a feat that is only achieved by Sri Lanka great Lasith Malinga.

Meanwhile, Australia, who came to Bangladesh for the first time since 2017, will be looking to oversee their bench strength in the series ahead of the ICC World T20.

Australia put a lot of conditions in front of Bangladesh Cricket Board keeping the current Covid-19 situation in mind before finalizing the series.

The series finally received a green signal after BCB fulfilled all their demands despite they had to spend a lot higher than the other home series they hosted before.

The visitors will be led by wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade in the absence of their regular skipper Finch, who was sidelined with a knee injury during their last series in West Indies.