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Tigers look to finish the series 4-1

Hosts Bangladesh will look to finish the series on a high when they take on visitors Australia in the fifth and the final T20I of the series at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday

Update : 08 Aug 2021, 08:09 PM

Hosts Bangladesh will look to finish the series on a high when they take on visitors Australia in the fifth and the final T20I of the series at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday.

Bangladesh were on a fly winning the first three games and securing their maiden bilateral series win against the mighty Aussies. The winning streak got broken on Saturday in the fourth game mainly for a batting struggle.

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Bangladesh batting first labored to only 104 runs on a tough Mirpur surface which the Australians chased with three wickets and an over to spare.

Mahmudullah’s side has already achieved what they set out to do which is to beat Australia. The home team will now hope to continue building momentum winning the last game as they prepare for the T20 World Cup qualifiers and are set to host New Zealand for five T20Is later in September. New Zealand team as of now is scheduled to reach Dhaka on August 24.

Batting on the Mirpur surface has been struggle for both the teams and Bangladesh tasted the bitter side on Saturday after they went to bat first but struggled to post above 100 runs on the board.

Bangladesh T20I captain Mahmudullah following the game blamed the batting unit for not being able to assess the surface well although he termed it to be the hardest that the series has seen.

The surface won’t change much and Bangladesh have to come with a better focus with the bat. Only four batters could score in double digits in the previous game. The opening stand, particularly with Soumya Sarkar has been an issue to look at.

The left-handed handed batsman had finished as man of the series last month in Zimbabwe but he was not able to stand anywhere near to the expectation scoring 2, 0, 2 and an eight in the games against Australia.

“As a batting unit I think we need to be a bit more cautious and a bit more sensible,” Mahmudullah had said following the defeat in the last game.

In the bowling department Bangladesh have very less to worry or change. The bowling unit featuring Mustafizur Rahman and Shoriful Islam as pacers and Shakib Al Hasan, Nasum Ahmed and Sheikh Mahedi Hasan in the spin, the attack has made the opponents struggle in  Mirpur condition. 

Mustafizur has been phenomenal for Bangladesh giving just 57 runs in the four games and bagged seven wickets. In last two matches the left-arm pacer gave nine runs in each game in his stipulated four overs.

Shakib perhaps faced the most horrible experience in his long career with the ball as he was hit for five sixes in an over by Dan Christian for 30 runs. But given the champion bowler he is Bangladesh will look him to come with a match winning contribution.

For Australia the match will most probably the last in the format before they decide on their ICC T20 World Cup squad. Mitchell Marsh will emerge as one of the standout performers, the bowling attack has held up very well and Dan Christian's onslaught in the fourth match was a statement. The visitors had a breather in the tour winning the last game riding on the efforts from Christian and Ashton Agar. Visitors Australia will aim to find some respectability in the last game. Having already lost the series, Matthew Wade and Co. will fight for lost pride and potentially clinch only their third win in the last 10 T20Is.

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