BAN vs AUS: A high-spirited bowling performance by Bangladesh helped them to defend a total of 127 runs & beat Australia by 10 runs in the third T20I of the five-match t20I series at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.
With this stunning win, Bangladesh took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match T20I series. The fourth T20I will be played on Saturday. Chasing a meager target of 128, Australia got off to a poor start as Captain Matthew Wade was sent back to the pavilion in the second over of the innings. Ben McDermott & Mitchell Marsh then scored runs cautiously to stable visitor’s innings. McDermott & Mitchell Marsh put on 63 runs for the second wicket & finally the flourishing partnership was ended in the 14th over as Shakib-al-Hasan bowled Mcdermott 35 runs with Australia needing 57 runs for victory.
In the 15th over, Moises Henrique (2) was dismissed & Australia was left struggling for runs. They still needed 22 runs to win off the final over, but Australia failed to get over the target handing a 10 run win to the hosts.
Earlier Nathan Elli’s three-wicket haul in the final over helped Australia to restrict Bangaldesh to an average total of 127/9 in the allotted twenty overs. Bangladesh was left struggling at 47/3 in the ninth over as Soumya Sarkar(2), Naim (1) & Shakib-Al-Hasan (26) were sent back to the pavilion. Captain Mahmudullah played a knock of 52 runs but he didn’t find support from the other end. Ellis took a hattrick in the final over of the innings & as a result, Bangladesh was restricted to a total under the 125 run mark. With this Ellis became just the third Australian player to register a three-wicket haul in the T20I game.
BAN vs AUS Brief Scores:
Bangladesh 127/9 (Mahmudullah 52, Shakib-Al-Hasan 26, Nathan Ellis 3-34), Australia 117/4 (Mitchell Marsh 51, Ben McDermott 35, Shoriful Islam 2-29)