Shakib Stars As Australia Hit New Low in T20 Internationals.

DHAKA: All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan took four wickets as Bangladesh skittled out Australia for their lowest ever Twenty20 International total of 62 to seal the series 4-1 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Monday.

In a 60-run thrashing in Dhaka, the visitors were dismissed for 123 in 13.4 overs, with Shakib delivering figures of 4-9 with his left-arm spin.

The previous low score for Australia was 79 all out against England in Southampton in 2005.

Bangladesh bounced back from their earlier setback to flatten the opposition batting, securing their first series win over Australia after winning the first three matches.

After the victory, home captain Mahmudullah observed, “The boys showed a lot of character and hunger to win a series against a team like Australia.” “We did a fantastic job executing our plans. Obviously, the batters had a difficult time, but we did well to maintain a 120-130 batting average. All of the bowlers collaborated quite well.”

“We always felt like we were a really good squad in our backyard,” he added. We can’t let anything to go past. Despite the fact that our ranking does not reflect it, I have always believed we have the capacity to be a very good T20 international team.”

Mohammad Saifuddin, a pace bowler, joined with Shakib to upset Australia with twin strikes in one over, dismissing Alex Carey and Moises Henriques for three runs each.

With the wickets of Nathan Ellis and Adam Zampa, Shakib became the second bowler after Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga to collect 100 T20 wickets when he got Ashton Turner out, and Bangladesh celebrated.

Shakib, who has played in 58 Tests, 258 One-day Internationals, and 84 Twenty20 Internationals, claimed he is still enjoying the game.

Nasum Ahmed struck early, bowling Dan Christian for three runs and then trapping the in-form Mitchell Marsh for four runs in successive overs.

With a 21-run stand for the third wicket, skipper Matthew Wade (22) and Ben McDermott fought back, but Mahmudullah broke the partnership. McDermott was caught and bowled for 17 runs.

Wade was disappointed. “I’ve been playing for a few years now, and these are definitely the toughest conditions to play T20 cricket in,” he remarked.

After deciding to bat, Mohammad Naim scored 23 in Bangladesh’s 122 for eight.

Christian, who had not taken a wicket in an international match in seven years, and seamer Nathan Ellis each got two wickets.

Zainab Murtaza

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