Bangladesh’s win was made possible by one man: Mustafizur Rahman. The miserly pacer gave away just a single run in the penultimate over of the match when the Aussies needed 23 off 12 and the match hung in balance, if not the tourists’ favour.
The Fizz got no wickets but still was by far the best Bangladesh bowler as he proved that it’s possible to make an impact without picking up wickets.
That said, Bangladesh, too, had more than its share of problems with the bat. Batting first, they had lost two wickets for just three runs, and had it not been for Mahmudullah’s 52, their total may not even have gone into triple figures.
That said, the historic victory now brings a pleasant dilemma. Should they stay in the hunt for a whitewash or just take it easy and use fringe players to forge combinations.
In their long and proud history, Australia have probably never been as embarrassed as this series. Who would have ever thought that the mighty Australian national cricket team, the five-time world champions, will be trailing 3-0 in a five-match series in Bangladesh.
Yet that is the situation that the Aussies find themselves in. Optimists like us, for the last two games, have tipped them to bounce back but that hasn’t happened.
In the third T20I, their bowlers, despite missing Mitchell Starc, did an excellent job, as they have done throughout the series. With once again a lowly total (128) to chase, the tourists batted in the most bizarre of fashions, losing just four wickets and falling only 10 runs short.
The Men in Yellow made a mockery of competitive spirit that calls for giving your all until your bat broke or the back broke. The fact that five of their players never got to bat indicates that the ones who batted did not even go fishing for risk.
Normally, at this point, we’d be thinking if the Aussies can salvage their pride. But what has happened over the past few weeks has shut the door on any consolation even.