The World T20 match at Bangalore between Australia and Bangladesh made way to a victory of the former while diminishing the latter’s prospect in the tournament. In the first inning when Bangladesh batsmen were on the pitch, Adam Zampa made the headway limiting team within 156. The score was well enough for Bangladesh if Usman Khawaja had not maneuvered the chase with his 58 off 45 balls for Australia. In the inning, Shakib al Hassan and Mustafizur Rahman bowled fine knocking down the Aussie batting order. However, they could not restrict the Kangaroo Batsmen from accumulating 157 with more than an over, nine balls, remained to be delivered.
The chief architect of the victory was Khawaja who gave momentum to the chase right from the early overs. Before he was bowled by Al-Amin in the fourteenth over, Australia already had 115 for 3 wickets, making the rest easy for following batsmen. But the others were not consistent in the wicket with the team losing four batsmen in four overs. The middle order batting line seem to lose grip on slow seam bowls from Bangladeshi bowlers. In bowling front, Zampa gave out some excellent deliveries to restrict Bangladesh batsmen. The player had three wickets, or could have had another one. Mitchell Marsh dropped a catch in the first over.
Even if Australia nicked the win, the chase was a bit scrappy. Batsmen did their best, pulling up the score to a safe position, but the winning streak in the last overs had some rolls. For instance, Maxwell’s wicket was mindless as the front foot was not really necessary at the moment. Similarly, John Hasting, although dropped, hit wrongly when there was absolutely no need of big runs. What Aussies should have realized in the last over that the run to ball ratio was highly on their favor and there was no need of any impatience to hit hard. The result was evident on the toppling mid order.
Bangladesh replaced pacers like Taskin and Sunny with spinners Saqlain Sajib, a debutant, and Shuvagate Hom. The move seemed to have some good results. On the other hand, Tamim Iqbal was absent in the match due to bad health. The score had substantial addition from Mahmadullah, who remain not out adding 49 runs off 29 balls. It is notable that the batsman was sixth down the line and the fact poses the significance of all-rounders in the Bangladesh team. Al Hassan’s 33 off 25 balls also supports the stand in the squad. The score itself was a ratification of strong grip of Bangladesh in the shorter format of the game. However, Mashrafe Mortaza & Co., following the defeat from Pakistan, faced the stumbling block in this World T20 with consecutive loss to Australia.