It was a completely dominating game for the Bangladesh cricket team as they comfortably beat Australia in the fifth and the final T20I at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium on Monday. The team had already taken a 4-1 win but even scooped away the series finale with ease. Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan expressed his ecstasy over the thumping victory over the strong Aussie team and said that the victory has made them feel much more confident for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
“Even though the scorecard doesn’t show it but it would definitely make us much more confident for the upcoming World T20. There is also an upcoming series against New Zealand,” Shakib said.
Batting first, the hosts set up a very modest target of 122 runs. But even that total proved to be a formidable battle for the visitors to win. They got bundled up within just 62 runs in 13.4 overs, the team’s lowest score in T20I, handing over a 60-run victory to Bangladesh. The series victory is a first for Bangladesh over Australia.
Shakib Al Hasan played a pivotal role in restricting the visitors from chasing the target, returning a remarkable figure of 4-9. While he was on it, the star all-rounder also achieved the milestone of amassing 100 T20I wickets, the second to achieve so after Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga.
“I think it will be good preparation. Maybe the batsmen wouldn’t be able to score many runs, as we’ve been playing on slow, low and turning wickets, but at the end of the day, winning is the most important (thing). If we have confidence in ourselves, then the morale of the team will also be at a higher place, and our winning mentality will grow in the process.
“We feel an added motivation to play against the teams that don’t often tour Bangladesh regularly. After a successful tour of Zimbabwe, every one of us was motivated that they have to play well in this series as we had never won a series against Australia.”
Pacer Mohammad Saifuddin was another star of the game as he ended the match with figures 3-12 to inflict damage to the Aussies.
For Australia, apart from captain Matthew Wade (22) and Ben McDermott (17), no other player could score in double digits. They also displayed a poor fielding performance, making it easier for the hosts to get away with the victory. The bowlers, however, did a fine job axing eight wickets. Debutant pacer Nathan Ellis picked up a hat-trick, only for it to go all in vain.
Brief Scores: Bangladesh 122/8 (Naim 23, Mahmudullah 19, Nathan Ellis 2-16); Australia 62 all out (Matthew Wade 22, Ben McDermott 17, Shakib Al Hasan 4-9).