Australia are in grave danger of losing a fifth successive T20 international series after going 2-0 down in the five-match series against Bangladesh following another poor batting effort in Dhaka which saw them beaten by five wickets.
Chasing Australia’s score of 7-121, Bangladesh lost wickets at regular intervals and slumped to 5-67 in the 12th over in Wednesday’s second international.
But an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 56 between Afif Hossain (37 off 31 balls) and Nurul Hasan (22 off 21) secured the home side a comfortable win with eight balls to spare.
Australia have now lost seven of their last eight and 13 of their last 18 T20I games and once again it was their brittle batting which was the biggest problem.
Mitchell Marsh (45 off 42) top scored for Australia for the second straight day, equalling his total from the first match.
But again he lacked support with only Moises Henriques (30 off 25) hanging around for long in a third-wicket stand of 57, which took the score to 2-88.
That was as good as it got for Australia, who lost 5-18 with some poor shots against an attack which mixed their pace up well.
Australia needed early wickets and new ball bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood each bowled one of the openers in their second overs to leave Bangladesh 2-21 in the fourth.
Mahedi Hasan (23 off 24 and Shakib Al Hasan (26 off 17) added 37 for the third wicket, before Australia’s bowlers again hit the stumps in successive overs.
Al Hasan was bowled by AJ Tye and captain Mahmudullah had his stumps disturbed by Agar before scoring.
Mahedi Hasan came close to being caught twice before he scored five but lofted shots off spinner Ashton Agar dropped just short of the fielder on each occasion.
He continued to challenge the bowlers but took one risk too many and was stumped off legspinner Adam Zampa, leaving Bangladesh at 5-67 in the 12th over.
The Australians had two successful LBW appeals overturned on review.
While batting, they also went 24 balls without a boundary near the end of the innings.
After the spinners did most of the damage in Game 1, it was Bangladesh’s two left arm quicks Mustafizur Rahman (3-23) and Shoriful Islam (2-27) who enjoyed most success.