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Mahmudullah blamed batting unit

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 7th August, 2021 11:41:30 PM
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Mahmudullah blamed batting unit

Bangladesh T20 skipper Mahmudullah blamed his batting unit for not putting their hands up against Australia as he felt that it impacted on the outcome of the fourth game in the ongoing five-match T20 series.

Bangladesh lost to Australia by three wickets in the fourth T20 international to suffer their first defeat in the ongoing five-match series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Saturday.

In another low-scoring encounter, Bangladesh could manage only 104-9 in 20 overs before Daniel Christian and Ashton Agar made 39 off 15 balls and run-a-ball 27 respectively to guide the visitors to 105-7 in 19 overs to complete their first win in the series.

Shakib Al Hasan bore the maximum burnt in the match as he was smashed for five sixes in the fourth over of Australia innings by Christian after Mahedi Hasan gave Bangladesh the first breakthrough removing Matthew Wade in the first over.

The 38-year old hit Shakib (0-50) for three consecutive sixes before he played a dot ball on the fourth ball while he smashed the next two balls for sixes to make Australia’s task easy in the chase.

However, Bangladesh fought back well and took five wickets in the next six overs while conceding only 18 runs to reduce the visitors to 65-6 from 47-1.

‘’It was always difficult to chase. We didn't analyze the wicket well. It was a 120 wicket. We were 10-15 short. The bowlers did a very good job. As a batting unit, we needed to be cautious and sensible. Tonight's wicket was the toughest to bat on. We need to look forward and maximize our batting order,’’ Mahmudullah said after the game.

‘’Shakib's over was the crucial one. Dan Christian changed the scenario. It can happen in a T20 game. Shakib though is a champion bowler. I had to keep two overs of Mustafizur for the end. The batters didn't put their hands up,’’ he added.