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Tigers eye historic series win over Aussies

Tigers eye historic series win over Aussies
  • Sports Correspondent
  • 6 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh will be eyeing to seal 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 Mirpur today.

The match that starts at 6:00pm will be aired live by T Sports and Gazi TV.

Earlier on Wednesday, Bangladesh went 2-0 up in the series defeating Australia by five wickets in the 2nd game with eight balls to spare.

With the win, Bangladesh now stand on the verge of a historic series win against the Aussies. If they can secure a victory in the third game today, they will seal the series with two matches to spare.

“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,” Bangladesh T20I skipper Mahmudullah said in a post-match presentation ceremony on Wednesday. In both matches, Australia’s batting line-up found them wanting in slow pitch and the batting woes looked unlikely to be solved. In the first match, the visitors were all out for 108 runs, while chasing the target of just 132. In the second match, they were in a relatively good position till the 16th over before Mustafizur Rahman’s cutter and slower floundered them as they were restricted to 121-7.

“Mustafizur has always been there, especially 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 said.

Australia captain Matthew Wade, however, cautioned his side to fix the 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 130s-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. Ashton Agar was terrific again. Our bowling is definitely not the problem. 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 said.

Before registering victory in those two games, Bangladesh lost all the past four matches against Australia.

The Tigers have so far played 104 matches and won 36 in T20 cricket. They had lost a staggering 66 matches while two matches fetched no result.