Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah guided his side to their first ever series win over Australia on Friday, masterminding a thrilling 10-run victory in the third Twenty20 international. Having taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series in Dhaka, the young Bangladesh team fell into each other’s arms in disbelief at their biggest night in cricket. Before this week, Bangladesh had never even beaten Australia in a T20. It was their first series win over their lauded opponents in any format.
While Mitchell Marsh, who made 51, and Ben McDermott (35) had threatened to see Australia to victory in the empty stadium, Bangladesh’s bowlers again put a stranglehold on the run-scoring in the final overs. Left-arm pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman gave away just nine runs from his four overs. Australia made just 117 for four, losing by 10 runs, to the frustration of their captain Matthew Wade.
The Bangladesh players danced across the field in celebration at the new boost to their international standing in a Twenty20 World Cup year. They have now won seven straight T20 internationals and the night’s victory was even more impressive as it was the lowest total they have ever defended to win. Mahmudullah said the side had sat down for serious talks after their recent series win in Zimbabwe.