Dhaka – The Bengal tigers were virtually out from the race of semifinals of the ICC World Twenty20 conceding 3-wicket defeat against Australia in their 2nd Group-2 of the Super-10 stage match at M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Monday night.
The Australian chased down 157 runs target for 7 wickets in 18.3 overs to taste the first victory in the tournament and for four successive wins against Bangladesh, after the 2007, 2010 and 2014 World T20s.
Opener Usman Khawaja hammered the highest 58 off 45 balls including seven boundaries and one six and was bowled out by pacer Al Amin Hossain at 115/3 in 13.1 overs.
Besides, Khawaja stayed Shane Watson for 62 runs in 7.2 overs in the opening pair.
Glenn Maxwell scored 26 runs while opening batsman Shane Watson, was run out by Sabbir-Mushfiqur combination, added 21 runs. Number four batsman David Warner stayed for 17 runs.
Mustafizur Rahman bowled out Aussies skipper Steven Smith (14 off 13b; 1×6) at 95/2 in 11.3 overs.
Mustafizur could celebrate his first wicket in the innings 6th overs, if, Mithun Ali did not drop the catch off a straight down ball of Watson.
Al Amin dropped a catch opportunity, in the innings 17.3 overs, to dismissed John Hastings, off a Shakib Al Hasan bowling.
Shakib grabbed three wickets for 27 runs and Mustafizur bagged two wickets for 30 runs. Al Amin took one wicket for 14 runs in two overs.
Sent in to bat first, Bangladesh collected a fighting figure of 156 for 5 in 20 overs that included 16 boundaries and four sixes.
Mahmudullah Riyad and Mushfiqur Rahim spurred the side by their unbeaten 6th wicket stand of 51 runs in 4.4 overs. The 6th pair carried the team to the final score from 105/5 in 15.2 overs.
Dependable Mahmudulla top-scored 49 off 29 balls, including seven boundaries and one six.
The Tigers batters touched double figure except Soumya Sarkar to display a combined performance.
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan stayed for 33 off 25 balls including three boundaries and one six while Mohammad Mithun and Mushfiqur Rahim added 23 and not out 15 runs. Shuvagata Hom and Sabbir Rahman stayed for 13 and 12 runs respectively.
Bangladesh touched the 100 runs marks with a boundary by Shakib Al Hasan off a Shane Faulkner bowling, in the innings 14.3 overs.
Bangladesh faced early jolt losing opening batsman Soumya Sarkar in the innings very 8th delivery when the team collection was just 2 runs.
Soumya was caught by Glenn Maxwell off Shane Watson’s 2nd ball of his first spell.
Adam Zampa grabbed three wickets for 23 runs and was adjudged man of the match. Sean Watson bagged two wickets for 31 runs, both bowled four overs each. – UNB