The victory for the hosts arrived riding on young shoulders of Afif and Nurul
Bangladesh will look to bag a rare series win when they take on visitors Australia in the third game of the ongoing five-match T20I series, said Bangladesh T20I captain Mahmudullah.
Bangladesh Wednesday went 2-0 up in the series defeating Australia by five wickets with eight balls to spare in the second T20I at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
The victory for the hosts arrived riding on young shoulders of Afif Hossain and Nurul Hasan.
Chasing 122 runs on a slow and low wicket in Mirpur, Bangladesh were in a spot of bother when the aforementioned duo formed a partnership.
The young guns held onto their nerve and guided Bangladesh to the shore without further damage.
Afif remained unbeaten on 31-ball 37 with five boundaries and a six, while Nurul added a responsible 22 off 21 laced with three boundaries.
With the win, Bangladesh now stand on the verge of a historic series win against the Aussies if they can secure a victory in the third game Friday, with two matches to spare.
“Definitely [looking for a series win in the next game]. We are taking it one game at a time. We need to stand up there in the middle and perform to the best of our ability. That’s what matters,” said Mahmudullah at the post-match presentation Wednesday.
“It was very pleasing to see Afif and Nurul stand up and carry till the end. That showed a lot of maturity. Upfront the bowlers did a good job restricting them to a low total. Shakib [al Hasan] was very crucial with his bowling, and also with the bat. It just shows how valuable he is for the team.
“Losing few wickets had caused a bit of tension in the dressing room but the way Nurul and Afif batted, I think it took the pressure off and in the end we were relieved."
In the first half of the game, Bangladesh had to bowl first after losing the toss.
The bowling unit pulled up a joint performance to restrict the opponents to a below-par total, a labored 121 for seven wickets in the stipulated 20 overs.
Left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman topped the effort with three wickets conceding 23 runs in four overs, while another left-arm pacer Shariful Islam picked up two giving away 27 runs in four overs.
Shakib and Mahedi Hasan picked up a wicket each.
“Mustafizur has always been there, especially in this condition he is very much effective for us. Having said that I think Shariful bowled well and the other bowlers chipped in. The bowlers did their job pretty well,” said Mahmudullah.