Mitchell Marsh is the leading run-scorer of the series, but his efforts have gone in vain until now.
Bangladesh, on Friday, August 6, scripted history after defeating Australia in a bilateral series for the first time. Moreover, the fact that the Tigers romped to the win with two matches left in the five-match series makes the triumph look even more stupendous.
In their previous game, they won by 10 runs to take a 3-0 lead in the series. The hosts racked up 127 on the back of Mahmudullah’s 52 and the bowlers restricted the Aussies.
Mitchell Marsh scored a half-century, but he didn’t get much support from the others. The fourth game is a dead rubber and it will take place on Saturday, August 7 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Match – Bangladesh vs Australia – 4th T20I
Venue – Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Time – 05:30 PM IST, 06:00 PM Local
Where to watch live – Fancode
The pitch in Dhaka has been an extremely tough one for batting. Stroke-making hasn’t been easy by any means. The spinners have succeeded and the pacers have also managed to taste success through changes of pace. Batting first should be the way forward as chasing may again be an arduous task.
Avg score: 148 (47 T20Is in Dhaka)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 23, Lost – 24, N/R – 0
Playing combination for BAN vs AUS
Mohammad Naim Sheikh, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyad (C), Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Mahedi Hasan, Nurul Hasan Sohan (WK), Shamim Hossain Patwary, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed
Bench: Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Mohammad Mithun, Taskin Ahmed, Mohammad Saifuddin, Rubel Hossain, Taijul Islam
Alex Carey, Matthew Wade (C and WK), Mitchell Marsh, Josh Philippe, Moises Henriques, Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Andrew Tye
Bench: Wes Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Swepson, Ben McDermott
BAN vs AUS Head-to-Head
Played – 7 | Bangladesh – 3 | Australia – 4 | N/R – 0 | Tied- 0
Played – 4 | Bangladesh – 3 | Australia – 1| N/R – 0 | Tied- 0
Probable best batsman of the match
Mitchell Marsh– Australia
Mitchell Marsh has been playing lone hands for Australia since the series against the West Indies. It wasn’t any different in Friday’s game. He notched 51 runs off 47 balls with the help of six fours and one six before getting out to Shoriful Islam. To Marsh’s dismay, he didn’t get the required support from the other batters. In three games, he has scored 141 runs at an average of 47.
Probable best bowler of the match
Mustafizur Rahman- Bangladesh
Mustafizur Rahman has been a tough nut to crack thus far in the series. The fast bowler has picked up five wickets and hasn’t allowed the Aussie batters to dictate terms. The fact that he has bowled at an economy of four shows how dominating until now. In the previous game, the left-arm fast bowler gave away only nine runs in four overs at an economy of 2.25.
Today’s match prediction: Bangladesh to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.