Sheikh Mehdi Hasan smashed Alex Carr’s wicket in the first ball of the innings, Nasum Ahmed enchanted Josh Philip in the fourth ball of the second over, Shakib Al Hasan fooled Moises Henriques in the first ball of the next over – Australia lost 3 wickets in just 11 runs.
The bowlers of Bangladesh team did not allow them to get up from there. Informed batsman Mitchell Marsh, who came down to number three, has tried a lot, and captain Matthew Wade has also fought hard. But today was only for the spinners of Bangladesh. Especially left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed.
Australia lost one wicket after another in the spin whirl, the innings stopped at just 106 runs. Bangladesh won the first match of the series by 23 runs and got a taste of a historic victory. Even with the collection of only 131 runs. And with this victory, Bangladesh set two records together.
For so long, Bangladesh had the record of winning the least number of runs in the T20 format against the United Arab Emirates. In the 2016 Asia Cup, Bangladesh won by 51 runs despite scoring 133 runs against the UAE at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
Today, the Tigers also broke that record against a big and famous team like Australia. Naeem Sheikh, Shakib Al Hasan and Afif Hossain Dhruvar batted for 131 runs and Bangladesh defeated Aussies by 23 runs. Which is now the lowest run defending record of Bangladesh.
Coincidentally, Mahmudullah Riyadh was the best player in the match to win the 2016 Asia Cup against the UAE by 133 runs. On that day he took 2 wickets for 36 runs from 26 balls with the bat and 5 runs with the ball. And today, on the day of breaking that record, he is the captain of the team.
Defending the lowest run of Bangladesh, the record of victory
131/6 – vs Australia, 2021 (Dhaka)
133/6 – vs UAE, 2018 (Dhaka)
146/6 – vs Ireland, 2012 (Belfast)
146/6 – vs Sri Lanka, 2018 (Dhaka)
153/6 – vs Netherlands, 2016 (Dharamsala)
Meanwhile, Bangladesh has set another record on the day Australia heard the roar of a tiger in T20. That is the record for the fewest runs scored in a Twenty20 cricket match against Australia. Which had been occupied by New Zealand for so long. Bangladesh has now taken it upon itself.
New Zealand won the match by scoring 142 runs against Australia in the 2016 T20 World Cup. The Aussies were able to score 134 runs for the loss of 9 wickets. They could not do that today. After playing only 132 runs, their innings stopped at 106 runs.
Left-arm spinner Nasum is the main protagonist of this historic victory of Bangladesh. He took 4 wickets in his spell of 4 overs at the cost of only 19 runs. Which is the best bowling figure of his career. He had taken 2 wickets in the previous four matches. Today he took 4 in one match against Aussies.
Nasim was accompanied by Sheikh Mehedi Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mostafizur Rahman and Shariful Islam. Shakib took 1 for 24, Mehedi took 1 for 22, Shariful took 2 for 19 and Mostafiz took 2 for 16. Basically, Bangladesh got the great victory by riding on the shoulders of the bowlers.