About the Match
They are down and out of the tournament; both teams, Bangladesh and Australia failed to win a single match in the series and now they face each other before bowing out of the competition. Though it’s just a formality, the hosts will try hard for redemption with a win against the Aussies, but it won’t be easy. Australia was thrashed by India in the last match by 73 runs and will be hungry to return home with a face-saving win here. It needs to be seen if the game will have its interesting turns or will it be more of a one-sided contest.
The indiscipline is bowling went punished as Ziaur Rahman and Mashrafe Mortaza were clobbered by the Pakistani batsmen for boundaries and sixes; though Razzak’s 2 early wickets caused a few roadblocks for the opponents, the runs never stopped coming for Pakistan. Al-Amin, Shakib and Mahmudullah got regular breakthroughs but they couldn’t stop the heroics of Shehzad. With 191 runs target, the chase was an uphill task for the batsmen, Iqbal and Haque posted a 30-run opening partnership but fell early on; Shakib’s 38 off 32 deliveries was a brave effort but with no support from the other end, his efforts went in vain. Nasir Hossain and Mahmudullah tried to revive the innings but with the pressure getting to them, they lost the match by 50 runs. Though the upcoming match against Australia will have no consequence, the hosts will be eager to show a good performance to their home crowd and if they can pull off a win against the Aussies, it will be a good chance at redemption here.
The team had lost its motivation even before their game against India; however, the bowlers kept their spirits up and got regular wickets to restrict India to 159 runs. One would have thought that the batsmen will also do their job of chasing down an achievable total, but it was a dismal performance that shocked everyone around. It was a disappointing show as Maxwell got the highest score of 23 runs; something uncharacteristic from a team like Australia. Watson, Finch, Bailey and White were all out on single digits and they completely let the team down. Australia lost by 73 runs, and the team showed no signs of a fight, which again was very surprising. It remains to be seen if Australia can show some improvement against the hosts in their last match before returning home or will they give up as easily.
Bangladesh would have witnessed the Aussies’ performance and will take some comfort that their batsmen had fought harder against Pakistan than the Aussie batsmen did against India; the hosts will be confident to take their opponents down and have something to cheer about before bowing out of the series. However, Australia will not give it away that easily and will surely make the hosts work hard; though the contest will be well fought, the Aussies might finally strike back with all their weaponry to return home with a win to their name.
Australia, 1.16 @ Bet365