Bangladesh beat Australia by 60 runs in the fifth and final T20 to take the series win to 4-1 at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first. They made a total of 122 runs in the first inning with a deficit of eight wickets.
Shakib awarded the player of the match and the series as he scored 114 runs and bagged 7 wickets in the tournament. In the final match, Shakib took 4 wickets giving away just nine runs in four overs. Mohammad Naim was off to a fiery start with Mahedi Hasan.
Naim scored 23 runs which included a four and a six before getting caught on good length ball from Dan Christian. He tried a reverse scoop but got high of the bat sending the ball at the point for a catch. Mahedi Hasan could only score 13 off 20 balls as Australia got their breakthrough.
Bangladesh looked in trouble as no Bangladeshi batsmen could go par 25 runs. Bangladesh were swept out at 122 with eight wickets gone. Dan Christian was again the best bowler for Australia as he took two wickets off 14 runs in four overs
The target wasn’t big enough for Australia but it had been a poor performance throughout the series. They had already lost the series and now looked for a second win to salvage something from it. But Bangladesh’s bowling was superb as only captain Matthew Wade had the answer with his bat hitting two sixes.
Although he two faltered to Shakib Al Hasan’s bowling and Australia were all out at 62. Ben McDermott scored 17 runs but it wasn’t enough to beat the hosts.
In the post-match interview Australian captain Matthew Wade commented:
It’s hard to say there will be more positives. Certainly a great learning opportunity for our group. I’ve played for a few years now, certainly the toughest conditions to play T20 cricket in. Great learning for youngsters. Wasn’t our series unfortunately. There’s no excuses of not playing enough cricket.
The Bangladesh captain Mahmadullah commented:
The boys showed a lot of character and hunger to win a series against a team like Australia. We executed our plans really well. All the bowlers worked really well together. The development has been increasing quite nicely. In Zimbabwe and here, the fast bowlers and spinners have worked really hard.
We always felt that in our backyard we are a very good team. We can’t let anything go past. We’ll be challenging whoever comes to play in Bangladesh and we’d like to win every series. Though the ranking doesn’t show it, I have always felt we have very good potential to be a very good team in T20Is.