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  • Samsul Arefin Khan
  • 10 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh outplayed Australia by 60 runs in the fifth and last T20 international to register a thumping 4-1 series win at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on Monday.

Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan claimed four wickets for 9 runs, leading his team to the massive victory. He has become the only second bowler to complete 100 T20I wickets after Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka.

Shakib tore apart Australia’s batting line-up while Mohammad Saifuddin and Nasum Ahmed took three and two wickets respectively to complement him well as the Tigers bowled out the visitors for only 62 runs in 13.4 overs to hand them their lowest ever T20 total.

It was also the lowest total ever recorded against Bangladesh in a T20I match as the previous record was Afghanistan’s 72 runs during the 2014 ICC T20 World Cup at the same venue.

Bangladesh, who could manage only 122-8, got early successes while defending the total as left-arm spinner Nasum removed both in-form batters Daniel Christian (three) and Mitchell Marsh (four) within the fourth over of Australia innings.

Shakib bowled Aussie skipper Matthew Wade for 22 in his first over of the match while Mahmudullah made Ben McDermott caught and bowled for 17 two overs later to reduce the visitors to 48-4 in the ninth over.

Saifuddin, who was playing his first match of the series, took two wickets in the 11th over while Shakib completed his 100-wicket haul in T20Is after he got rid of Ashton Turner in the next over.

Sri Lankan pace legend Lasith Malinga, who claimed 107 wickets, is the only other bowler in the club while Shakib will be aiming to overtake him to become the most successful T20I bowler in the upcoming home series against New Zealand next month.

Australia lost their last six wickets for just nine runs as they bundled out for the lowest T20 total. The previous lowest total for the Aussies in T20Is was 79 against England in Southampton in 2005.

Shakib was named man of the match as well as the series after scoring 114 runs and taking seven wickets in the series.

Bangladesh earlier got some success after sending Mahedi Hasan as an opener in place of Soumya Sarkar as he and Mohammad Naim put up a 42-run stand after the Tigers opted to bat first.

However, Bangladesh soon lost the early momentum as they failed to score runs at the same rate while they also lost wickets at regular intervals.

Bangladesh played a total of 61 dot balls in the innings and they could only score 20 runs in the last five overs which forced them to end with another poor total on board.

Naim made the highest run-a-ball 23 runs while Mahmudullah scored 19 runs and 18 runs came as extras.

Nathan Eliss and Christian took two wickets for the visitors.