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Bangladesh sense series victory as Australia’s batting continues to flounder


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Other than Mitchell Marsh the visitors have struggled to find answers to Bangladesh’s attack

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In the space of 48 hours, Bangladesh have put themselves within touching distance of their first series win over Australia in any format. They have exploited the visitors’ weakness on slow, gripping wickets expertly and shown enough ticker with the bat to overcome what remains a strong Australia bowling attack that has been let down by the batters with the continuing exception of Mitchell Marsh.

Australia talk about this being a valuable experience for players to be exposed to conditions they would not see back home, but for some the lessons are taking time to be absorbed. There has been enough evidence over the matches in West Indies and now Bangladesh that being successful in the BBL is not easily translated to the top level.

There was some resentment in the Bangladesh camp over the impact of the strict Covid-19 protocols on player availability for this series, but if that has filtered down to the dressing room they have channeled any frustrations well. Their coach Russell Domingo made a few pointed remarks about the scarcity of meetings between these two teams – securing a series victory with two games to spare would be a strong statement.

There has been no weak link in Bangladesh’s attack: in the first game the star was Nasum Ahmed and in the second Mustafizur Rahman. Mahedi Hasan has controlled the powerplay, Shoriful Islam has been consistent and taken valuable wickets while Shakib Al Hasan is as miserly as ever. On the basis of the first two games Australia may find it difficult to turn things around.

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