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Bangladesh set medium target for Australia

 Sports Correspondent

 Published: 08:05 PM, 3 August 2021  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Bangladesh has collected 131 runs after losing 7 wickets in 20 overs and gave Australia a medium target of 132 runs at the 1st T20 match of the 5-match series held at Mirpur She-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.

Australia captain Matthew Wade has won the toss and invited Bangladesh to bat first. Mohammad Naim and Soumya Sarkar opened the innings for Bangladesh.

In the beginning, Naim hit a six in the first over of Mitchell Starc, but could not touch the balls properly with the bat. Soumya, on the other hand, suffering a lot with Hazelwood’s ball, resulting in the breakthrough of the opening partnership. Soumya bowled after playing a cut in the delivery of Josh Hazlewood. Soumya scored 2 runs off 9 balls.   

Mohammad Naim was bowled for 30 runs while doing a reverse sweep in the delivery of Adam Zampa. Although Naim scored 30, his batting was worse. 20 of the 30 runs came from boundaries, the rest of 10 runs came from 25 balls – which is very slow in terms of T20 games. Even the way he was out was eye shore.

Shakib and Mahmudullah took the helm of the team after Naim’s departure. However, Mahmudullah played very slow innings to score. He later became the second victim of Hazlewood while reducing the gap between the ball and the run. Bangladesh captain scored 20 runs off 20 balls. 

Since then, Bangladesh batsmen have been coming and going from the dugout at regular intervals. Shakib scored the highest 36 runs for the team. Besides, Nurul Hasan Sohan was out for 3 and Shamim Patwari for 4. 

In the end, Bangladesh got a medium-quality score in the cameo of Afif Hossain’s run. Josh Hazlewood took three wickets for Australia alone. Mitchell Starc took two wickets while Andrew Tye and Adam Zampa took one wicket each.