Australia beats Bangladesh by three wickets

Australia got off to a good start to its chase of 157, thanks to a 62-run opening stand between Usman Khawaja and Shane Watson. Despite losing a few wickets in the end, it managed a three-wicket win against Bangladesh.

Usman Khawaja got Australia's chase off to a great start.   -  Getty Images

Mahmudullah's big hits boosted Bangladesh's run rate in the last few overs.   -  Getty Images

On the eve of this encounter, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza proclaimed that his side would respond to the suspension of Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny with an emphatic statement on the field. There was, however, no such inspiring tale to follow.

Yet to adjust to life without Taskin and Sunny, Bangladesh proved to be no match for Australia here on Monday, going down by three wickets.

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This below-par performance saw Mashrafe's men succumb to a second-straight loss, while Australia pulled one back after a defeat to New Zealand in its opening fixture.

Set a modest target of 157, Australia rode on >Usman Khawaja's 45-ball 58 - his highest T20I score. Khawaja played a calm hand, keeping the unit in sight of the required rate until his dismissal in the 14th over. The southpaw left with Australia needing 42 from 41 balls, and despite throwing away wickets as the contest drew to a close, the Aussies went past the finish line.





Earlier, >Mahmudullah (49 not out off 29 balls) provided the late impetus to propel a stuttering Bangladesh innings. The Australian bowlers kept the batsmen in check for the first 17 overs, keeping a bulk of the deliveries straight and on a good length.

Nathan Coulter-Nile took the new ball, and worked up appreciable pace while giving the openers no room to take a swing. A struggling Soumya Sarkar, found wanting by Coulter-Nile, guided a rare wide ball from Shane Watson to point in the next over. Watson scalped another when Sabbir Rahman made awkward contact off a short ball, allowing James Faulkner to take a diving catch at mid-on. The Powerplay ended with the side on 33 for two, even as two-drop Shakib Al Hasan was beginning to find his feet.

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Leggie >Adam Zampa was introduced in the tenth over, and he found success immediately. Mohammad Mithun - taking first strike in place of the indisposed Tamim Iqbal - pulled a short one to deep midwicket, before Shuvagata Hom was caught in front of the stumps with a flipper.

A little later, Zampa - he bowled just the one over in the previous match - sent back Shakib, the set batsman. An attempted cut by Shakib found the hands of short third-man, and Bangladesh found itself at an unimpressive 105 or five in the 16th over.

Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim then gave their team a much-needed push. The final three overs yielded 15, 17 and 14 runs respectively, partially undoing all the hard work done by the Australians up to this point.