Bangladesh seal the series with two matches to spare

Australia Tour of Bangladesh 2021

Third T20I

Venue : Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

Toss : Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bat first.

Bangladesh : 127/9 in 20 overs (Mahmudllah 52, Shakib 26, Afif 19; Ellis 3/34, Hazlewood 2/18, Zampa 2/24)

Australia : 117/4 in 20 overs (M. Marsh 51, McDerMott 35, Carey 20*; Shoriful 2/29, Nasum 1/19, Shakib 1/22)

Result : Bangladesh won by 10 runs.

Player of the Match : Mahmudullah.

Tigers won the third T20I by 10-run to clinch their first ever series win in any format against Australia. Bangladesh lead the 5-math series 3-0. Fourth match of the series will held on tomorrow (August 7).

Defending 127, Nasum Ahmed brought the first scalp with the wicket of Wade for 1. Then in-form Marsh added vital 63-run partnership with McDermott to give his side hope for their first win in the series. Finally Shakib Al Hasan gave the much needed breakthrough by dismissing McDermott on 35. In the next over, Shoriful Islam put more pressure on the visiting side by removing Henriques cheaply.

But again Marsh stood out on the other end and picked up his fifty. But his fighting knock ended on 51 by Shoriful. With each passing over pressure was increasing on the Australia batsmen as bowlers made it extremely hard for them so score runs in a hurry.

Specially it was Mustafizur Rahman who made the difference in the 19th over where he just conceded just 1 run. He ended his spell with just 9 runs from 4 overs which eventually resulted in a victory for Bangladesh as Australia managed to post 117 for 4.

Earlier in the evening match was delayed for more than a hour due to rain. Then Mahmudullah won the toss and decided to bat first. Bangladesh played with an unchanged playing eleven.

Soumya Sarkar’s struggle continued in the series as he got out after scoring 2. Naim Sheikh too gone early with just 3 runs on the board. Shakib Al Hasan then joined with Mahmudullah and the pair made quick 44 runs before Zampa got rid of Shakib on 26 off 17.

Heroes of last match, Afif Hossain and Nurul Hasan both got the start but unfortunately run out on 19 and 11 respectively. Scoring run was increasingly tough but Mahmudullah kept his side in the game with a fighting fifty. His 53-ball 52-run knock helped Bangladesh posting a total of 127 for 9 before debutant Ellis picked up hat-trick in the 20th over.

Mahmudullah named the player of the match.