04 Aug 2021, 22:20

Roaring Tigers maul Australia to take 2-0 lead

  DHAKA, Aug 4, 2021 (BSS) - Showing an unwavering resolve, Bangladesh
overcame an adverse situation to snatch a five-wicket victory against
Australia in the second T20 International and went up 2-0 in the
five-match series at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium today.

  Bangladesh who won the first game by 23 runs, were left in
precarious 67-5 while chasing 122 but Afif Hossain and Nurul Hasan
Sohan put on 56 off 44 for an undefeated sixth wicket stand to help
the side sail home with eight balls remaining.

  Both of the young players showed their boldness in the crunch moment
to leave the Aussies in surprising state.

  Afif Hossain who finished game with a boundary through third man was
unbeaten on 37 off 31, hitting five fours and one six. Nurul Hasan was
on 22. Australian bowlers ruled the game before they snatched the
victory from the jaws of defeat.

  Fast bowler Mitchell Starc and his new ball partner Josh Hazlewood
removed Bangladesh's openers Soumya Sarkar and Mohammad Naim in fourth
over, keeping the Aussie hopes of leveling the series alive.

  But Shakib Al Hasan hit Starc three boundaries in a row to release
the pressure. With Shakib playing aggressively, Bangladesh looked set
for an effortless victory.

  Australia in contrast looked determined. Andrew Tye undid Shakib
(26) with a slower delivery to help the side claw back into the game

  The Aussies then took a firm grip on the match when left-arm spinner
Ashton Agar removed captain Mahmudullah for 0 and leg-spinner Adam
Zampa got rid of Mahedi Hasan for 23.

  But Afif and Hasan played with caution and aggression to deny
Australia the victory.

  Earlier, fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman claimed three wickets for 23
as Australia were restricted to a below par 121-7.

  Mustafizur, adorably called as the Fizz, confounded the Australian
batsmen with slower and cutters to deny them making carnage towards
the death. He was ably supported by fellow paceman Shoriful Islam's
2-27. Shakib Al Hasan and Mahedi Hasan took one wicket apiece.

 Mitchell Marsh was the top-scorer for the Aussie again with 42

ball-45, sending the ball across the ropes for five times.

  Thanks to Marsh, Australia were in position to dominate Bangladesh
in the death overs but Mustafizur's decisive bowling tame them and
kept the target in sight.

  Australia who elected to bat first made a positive start with Alex
Carey reverse-sweeping first game hero Nasum Ahmed twice for
boundaries in the second over.

  Offspinner Mahedi Hasan broke through with the wicket of Carey (11)
and Mustafizur Rahman outfoxed Josh Philippe with a slower for 10,
leaving Australia 31-2 in the first powerplay.

  But Marsh, promoted to No.3, stabilized the innings alongside Moises
Henriques. They put on 57 off 52 for the third wicket, playing with
caution and aggression in a pitch that was not ideal for

  Shakib Al Hasan broke the partnership, dismissing Henriques with an
arm-ball after he struck 30 off 25 with three fours and one six.

  Fast bowler Shoriful Islam then provided the biggest breakthrough,
taking the crucial wicket of Marsh. But Australia by then were placed
in good position.

  Nevertheless they failed to cash in and Mustafizur was the
wrecker-in-chief. He got the better of captain Matthew Wade and Ashton
Agar in consecutive deliveries with slower to ruin Australia's chance
to capitalize on the platform set by Marsh.

  Australia however couldn't recover from that jolt as they made 31
off the last five overs, losing four wickets. It made the eventual
difference indeed.

  The third match is on Friday.

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