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Tigers eye historic T20 series victory

Tigers eye historic T20 series victory

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Bangladesh will be looking to earn their maiden T20I series victory over Australia when they take on the tourists in the third game of the ongoing five-match series at the Sher-e Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Friday.

The match will start at 06:00pm and will be aired live on T Sports and Gazi TV.

Bangladesh took a 2-0 lead in the series after defeating Australia by five wickets in the second T20 on Wednesday after they won the first match by 23 runs at the same venue on Tuesday.

The Tigers, who previously failed to win any T20I match before the series, now have a chance to seal their first-ever series win over the Aussies in any format and skipper Mahmudullah echoed the same sentiment.

“Definitely we are looking for a series win in the next game. We are taking it one game at a time. We need to stand up there in the middle and perform to the best of our ability. That’s what matters,” Mahmudullah said during a presentation ceremony after the second game on Wednesday.

Australia’s batting line-up found them wanting in both the matches in slow pitch and the batting woes looked unlikely to be solved drastically.

 In the first match, the visitors were all out for 108 runs, while chasing a target of just 132.

In the second match, they were in a relatively good position till 16th over before Mustafizur Rahman’s cutter and slower bamboozled them as they finally could make only 121-7 which the Tigers chased down with eight balls in hand.

“Mustafizur has always been there, especially because he is very much effective for us in this condition. Having said that, I think Shoriful bowled well and the other bowlers chipped in. The bowlers did their job pretty well,” Mahmudullah added.

Australia captain Matthew Wade however cautioned his side to fix their batting issue ahead of the crucial third match in which a defeat would cost them the series.

“Unfortunately we struggled with the bat in the last four overs in the second game which was very disappointing. We were in a good position to get 130-140s, a good score on this track,” Wade said.

“Their (Bangladeshi) quicks took pace off well and we’ll look to do better there. The bowlers from both teams have been terrific; we are happy with how they are going.

“We’ve had a game (first match) where the top wasn’t great to execute the plan and this time (second game) our bottom half with the bat wasn’t. We need to fix the issue going into the third match,” he added.