All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan triggered a middle-order collapse as Bangladesh thrashed Australia by 60 runs in the fifth Twenty20 international in Dhaka on Monday to secure a handsome 4-1 series win over the touring side.
Set a target of 123, Australia were bowled out for 62 in 13.4 overs — their lowest total in T20s — as Shakib completed figures of 4-9, superbly assisted by Mohammad Saifuddin (3-12) and Nusum Ahmed (2-8). Bangladesh won the toss and openers Mahedi Hasan (13) and Mohammad Naim (23) got their innings off to a quick start with a partnership of 42 before Australia fought back, giving away just 20 runs in the last five overs as the hosts finished on 122-8.
The bowlers all chipped in, with Nathan Ellis (2-16) and Dan Christian (2-17) using their variations to great effect on a wicket where runs were hard to come by as the innings wore on. It was Australia’s second straight T20 series loss following defeat in the West Indies last month. The T20 World Cup starts in October.
Player of the match and the series Shakib Al Hasan said: “I’m still enjoying the game, that’s the important thing. Thanks to my team-mates, this achievement wouldn’t have been possible without their help. I think we played some really good cricket through two series, in Zimbabwe and here. Obviously the wicket was tough, but we held our nerve well. All in all a team effort. If you look at the last match, we scored 104-105 and the game still went to the last over. So we knew if we score 120-130 we’ll always be in the game.
“We started well with the bat today, that gave us momentum. I think the bowlers did a fantastic job throughout this series. We’re trying to improve all our areas. Our fast bowlers are also doing well, look at Mustafiz, Shoriful, Taskin. They make our (spinners’) job easy. And we’re contributing well in our part too. [on being told he’s the first from Bangladesh to score 1000 runs and take 100 wickets in T20Is] – Has anyone else done it? [Malinga] I guess he didn’t score 1000 runs. [So he keeps track of records] Sometimes I keep track of records,” he added.
Mahedi Hasan c Agar b Turner 13
M Naim c Agar b Christian 23
Shakib Al Hasan lbw b Zampa 11
S Sarkar c Turner b Christian 16
Mahmudullah c & b Agar 19
Nurul Hasan b Ellis 8
Afif Hossain c Marsh b Ellis 10
Mosaddek Hossain not out 4
Mohammad Saifuddin run out 0
Mustafizur Rahman not out 0
EXTRAS: (b6, lb1, w11) 18
TOTAL: (8 wkts, 20 overs) 122
BOWLING: Ashton Turner 2-0-16-1, Ashton Agar 4-0-28-1, Adam Zampa 4-0-24-1, Nathan Ellis 4-0-16-2, Dan Christian 4-0-17-2, Mitchell Swepson 2-0-14-0.
Dan Christian b Nasum Ahmed 3
Matthew Wade b Shakib Al 22
M Marsh lbw b Nasum Ahmed 4
Ben McDermott c & b Mahmudullah 17
Alex Carey b Mohammad Saifuddin 3
M Henriques c Nurul b Saifuddin 3
A Turner c Mahmudullah b Shakib 1
A Agar b Mohammad Saifuddin 2
Nathan Ellis b Shakib Al Hasan 1
Mitchell Swepson not out 1
A Zampa c Mahmudullah b Shakib 4
EXTRAS: (lb1) 1
TOTAL: (all out, 13.4 overs) 62
BOWLING: Mahedi Hasan 3-0-20-0, Nasum Ahmed 2-0-8-2, Mustafizur Rahman 1-0-3-0, Mohammad Saifuddin 3-0-12-3, Shakib Al Hasan 3.4-1-9-4, Mahmudullah 1-0-9-1.
UMPIRES: Sharfuddoula, Tanvir Ahmed
TV UMPIRE: Gazi Sohel
MATCH REFEREE: Neeyamur Rashid