Bangladesh record historic T20I Series victory over Australia with two games remaining | Locust
Bangladesh overcame a hat-trick from Nathan Ellis to win the Twenty20 series against Australia after a 10-point victory in Game 3 on Friday. Bangladesh won the first game by 23 points and the second by five wickets. There are two games left.
Pacer Ellis became the first bowler to win a hat trick on his T20 debut when Bangladesh were limited to 127-9. Under pressure, the Bangladeshi bowlers were able to defend their total by limiting Australia to 117-4. While it didn’t have a wicket, fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman’s budget bowling was key. His cutter and slower deliveries baffled the Australians, and he returned superb numbers of 4-0-9-0.
When Australia needed 23 points in the last two overs, Mustafizur only conceded one point in the penultimate. Alex Carey hit a six on the first ball of the last against spinner Mehedi Hasan, but Australia ultimately failed.
Mitchell Marsh hit a 47-ball 51 to be their top scorer for the third time in a row. He came in the crease after the first game and captain Matthew Wade fell to 1 with Australia at 8-1. Pace pitcher Shoriful Islam (2-29) dismissed Marsh with the first ball from the 18th over and turned the game to Bangladesh.
Ben McDermott, one of Australia’s three changes, scored 35 after the opening. Carey was not yet 20. After the game was delayed by an hour and 15 minutes, Bangladesh decided to strike first and immediately regretted it when opener Mohammad Naim and Soumya Sarkar were fired and the squad was 3- 2 in three overs.
Skipper Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan added 44 points for the third wicket until the latter was fired for 26. Mahmudullah beat to the last and reached 52 of 53. Ellis rocked his strain for his first wicket and followed him with the wickets of Mustafizur Rahman and Mehedi Hasan to become the third Australian bowler and 16th to achieve a T20 hat trick. In addition, fast pitcher Josh Hazlewood and leg spinner Adam Zampa each took two wickets.