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Despite another collapse, Australia claim first victory of T20 series

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7th August, 2021
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Australia overcame a mid-innings collapse to score a much-needed three-wicket win, their first victory in the five-game T20I series in Bangladesh.

Chasing Bangladesh’s 9-104 in Saturday’s fourth match, Australia looked in control after a 15-ball 39 from Dan Christian.

But they lost 5-18 to slip to 6-65 in the 11th over after losing in-form Mitchell Marsh.

Ashton Agar (27 off 27) then got Australia back on track, adding 34 with Ashton Turner before being dismissed in the 18th over with six needed for victory.

Turner and AJ Tye picked off the remaining runs as Australia reached their target with an over to spare to record their first win after three losses.

Bangladesh lost 8-56 after they were 1-48 two balls out from the halfway point of their innings.

Recalled bowlers Mitchell Swepson and AJ Tye each played a major part.

Legspinner Swepson, who was chosen for the first time this series, returned career-best T20I figures of 3-12.
Paceman Tye, who was making his third appearance of the series, ripped through the lower half of the Bangladesh order, taking 3-18.

Australia’s chase got off to a poor start with captain Matthew Wade bowled by offspinner Mahedi Hasan (2-17) off the fourth ball of the innings.

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Dan Christian briefly soothed Australia’s nerves with a blistering cameo after being promoted to number three.

He belted five sixes in an over off left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan (0-50), bludgeoning the ball over long on and deep midwicket, as Australia raced to 45 by the end of the fourth over.

But Bangladesh got back into the game with wickets in successive overs.

Ben McDermott was trapped LBW by left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed (1-17 off his four) and in the next over Christian’s brief blitz ended when he was caught at point off Mustafizur Rahman, who bowled a wicket maiden.

Wickets continued to fall. Moises Henriques was run out, backing up too far after Al Hasan deflected a Mitchell Marsh drive on to the stumps.

Alex Carey was trapped LBW by Rahman (2-9) and Marsh, who scored 45 in his first two innings of the series and 51 in the third, was bowled for 11 by an off-break from Mahedi Hasan.

Bangladesh only hit four boundaries and two sixes in their innings.

Swepson and Tye came into the side for last game debutant and hat-trick taker Nathan Ellis and Adam Zampa.

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Paceman Josh Hazlewood (2-24) swelled his wicket haul for the series to a team-leading eight, by taking the first two of the Bangladesh innings.

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