Bangladesh held Australia to its lowest Twenty20 cricket total in the series finale on Monday, winning by 60 runs. Shakib Al Hasan bowled an amazing 4-9. As Bangladesh defended 112-8 by bowling Australia out for 62 in 13.4 overs, Shakib became the second bowler after Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga to take 100 T20 wickets.
Bangladesh won the series 4-1, with pacer Mohammad Saifuddin finishing with 3-12 and playing a major role in causing Australia’s collapse. Only two Australian batters scored in double figures: skipper Matthew Wade (22) and Ben McDermott (17).
After left-arm spinner Ansum Ahmed dismissed opener Dan Christian (3) and Mitchell Marsh, Shakib took the first of his four wickets, confusing Wade with faster deliveries (4).
Shakib then defeated Ashton Turner to claim his 100th wicket. Between those two adjustments, Bangladesh’s Saifuddin tore through Australia’s middle order.
Shakib then assured Australia’s historic low of 79 against England at Southampton would not be surpassed.
After their skipper Mahmudullah elected to bat first, the Bangladesh batters were similarly uncomfortable on this incredibly slow surface. Mohammad Naim led the team with 23 points, while Mahmudullah added 19.
Bangladesh got off to a fantastic start thanks to Mahedi Hasan’s decision to open with Naim rather than the out-of-form Soumya Sarkar. Before offspinner Turner dismissed Mahedi for 13, the pair scored 42 runs in 4.3 overs.
Bangladesh’s advance was then halted by Australian pacers who varied their speed. To make matters worse, Dan Christian had Naim caught by Agar with a slower delivery.
Shakib struggled to make 11 from 20 balls, but Afif Hossain showed some intent by blasting Christian for a six on his first ball.
Christian, on the other hand, came back with the wicket of Soumya Sarkar for 16 runs. In the closing overs, paceman Nathan Ellis, who claimed a hat trick on his debut, stifled Bangladesh batsmen’s aggression, but Shakib denied Australia a second victory.