Wednesday, September 22

Tigers draw first blood against Aussies

Nasum was the best bowler for the home side as the left-arm spinner took four crucial wickets conceding 19 runs in his four overs, and later adjudged man of the match

Hosts Bangladesh drew first blood against the Aussies in the T20I series as the Tigers secured a convincing 23-run victory in the first of the five-match series in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Tuesday.

Defending 131, Bangladesh made the best possible start as off spinner Mahedi Hasan hit the timber; Australia opener Alex Carey was clean bowled while trying to play a cut.

Left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed struck in the second over after conceding a maximum as No 3 batsman Josh Philippe was stumped after scoring nine.

The Tigers carried on with their brilliant start as Shakib al Hasan bagged the wicket of Moises Henriques in his very first delivery; Australia was reduced to 11 for three in 2.1 overs.

Australia were in further trouble as their stand-in skipper Mathew Wade was caught at short fine leg while chasing a wide delivery of Nasum.

The score was 49 for four after 9.4 overs when Wade went back to the pavilion.

Australia could not manage to recover from their early loss of wickets as the Tigers bowlers were spot on with accurate bowling while defending 131 on a slowish Mirpur wicket.

Mitchell Marsh put up a valiant effort scoring a run-a-ball 45 but as soon as he was dismissed after a brilliant run-in catch by Shariful Islam in the 16th over, Australia’s hopes of turning the match faded away.

Eventually Australia managed to score 108 all out in their stipulated 20 overs.

Nasum was the best bowler for the home side as the left-arm spinner took four crucial wickets conceding just 19 runs in his quota of four overs, and later adjudged man of the match.

Wade earlier won the toss and elected to field first.

Opener Mohammad Naim made an impressive beginning as he smashed a six in the second ball of the innings against left-arm quick Mitchell Starc.

But Australia came back well as they bowled good lines in the next few overs to check the boundaries.

Tall right-arm pacer Josh Hazlewood initiated the first breakthrough for the Aussies as he bowled out Soumya Sarker (two) in the fourth over.

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