A Stunning Victory for the Aussies!

Australia won by 8 wickets with 82 balls remaining.

Bangladesh 73

Australia 78/2

For Bangladesh, it was déjà vu all over again. Bangladesh was bowled out for 73 after being sent in to bat, their fourth sub-100 total in T20Is this year.

It was mostly because of some excellent bowling, firstly from Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood early on, and then from Adam Zampa, who finished off the lower order to record his first five-wicket haul in T20Is, but the batting was also poor for the most part. Bangladesh seemed to be sleepwalking their way to their fate, with a lot of their top-order batsmen falling out to errant strokes that were neither aggressive nor defensive.

Australia had an opportunity to overtake their nearest competitors in a tight semi-finals race after starting the day with a net run rate that was more than a run per over weaker than South Africa’s. They started their chase knowing that if they won in 8.1 overs or fewer, they’d pass South Africa’s net run rate. And their skipper, Aaron Finch, brought exactly the right attitude to this mission. It was essentially a slog-a-ball, and despite a few swings and misses, he connected enough to smash his way to 40 off 20 balls. That innings set the tone for Australia, who cruised to victory in 6.2 overs with 82 balls to spare.

Starc opened the contest by attempting three yorkers to the stumps. Mohammad Naim singled after blocking the first one and inside-edging the second to fine leg. Before swinging in late, the third angled across Liton Das. In the following two overs, two more wickets went to strike-rotating efforts, setting the tone for Bangladesh’s top-order collapse.

Bangladesh had lost another wicket at the conclusion of the powerplay, with Hazlewood’s additional bounce forcing Naim into a mistimed pull in the sixth over. It was all Zampa after that. With his first ball, he hit, and the style of dismissal repeated itself twice more, with minor variations in the variation out of the hand or the length. Zampa finished the innings with the fourth and sixth balls of the same over, although only for a short time.

Only three Bangladesh batsmen reached double figures: opener Naim, captain Mahmudullah, and Shamim Hossain, who gave the innings its only genuine spark when he slog-swept Starc and Zampa for four and six shortly after their arrival.

The good intentions would shortly be rewarded. It wasn’t always off the middle of the bat – a four through extra-cover off Mustafizur Rahman in the second over, a miscued leg-side whip that just cleared a leaping Soumya Sarkar in the third – but it was sometimes – a flicked six off Mustafizur, a lofted drive over extra-cover off Taskin – and the runs just kept coming.

This group is now brilliantly set up, with a flying England pursuing them down and two teams in South Africa and Australia chasing them down hard.