Barring Mitchell March, the rest of the Aussie batting has been shambolic.
Bangladesh have, well and truly, exceeded expectations in their ongoing T20I series against Australia. At home, they were expected to give the Aussies a run for their money. However, not even the optimists would have expected them to take a 3-0 lead in the series with a couple of matches still remaining.
The games haven’t been high-scoring and it’s the Bangladesh bowlers, who have gotten Australia on the mat. In the third game on Friday, August 6, the hosts managed 127 runs on the board after Mahmudullah Riyad’s 52. Thereafter, Mustafizur Rahman’s brilliance took the Tigers over the finishing line.
The third game is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 7 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Going into the game, the visitors, led by Matthew Wade, will be looking to salvage some pride. In the meantime, Mahmudullah’s men will be looking to take a step close to a series whitewash.
Playing combination for BAN vs AUS
Though Mahmudullah is their only half-century maker, the others haven’t flattered to deceive. Shakib Al Hasan is their top run-getter with 88 runs and he also has three wickets to his name. Afif Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Nurul Hasan and Mohammad Naim have shown a lot of promise. Mustafizur Rahman and Nasum Ahmed have five wickets each. Mustafizur has bowled at an economy rate of four.
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
Mitchell Marsh is the leading run-scorer, not only for Australia but also in the series. The right-hander has notched 141 runs at an average of 47. Barring him, none of the Aussie batters has stepped up. Ben McDermott looked good in the previous game, but he got out at a critical stage. Josh Hazlewood is the leading wicket-taker of the series with six scalps. The others have to step up.
Alex Carey, Matthew Wade (C and WK), Mitchell Marsh, Ben McDermott, Moises Henriques, Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Andrew Tye, Nathan Ellis
Bench: Wes Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Swepson, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Starc
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
BAN vs AUS Broadcast Details
Match Timings – 05:30 PM IST, 06:00 PM local time
Live Streaming – Fancode