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Bangladesh-Australia Series

Bangladesh thrash Australia in final T20I





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Shakib Al Hasan took four wickets as Bangladesh skittled out Australia for their lowest ever T20 total of 62 to seal the series 4-1 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur Monday. 

Australia's previous lowest was 79 all out against England in 2005.

Bangladesh bowlers, inspired by Shakib, swept out Australia for 62 in 13.4 overs after posting a modest score of 122 for eight.

Shakib, who was hit for five sixes by Dan Christian in one over and ended up giving 50 for no wickets in the last game, his worst numbers in T20Is , redeemed himself with a fantastic bowling performance tonight. The champion all-rounder finished with four for nine in 3.4 overs, one of which was a wicket-maiden.

Shakib reached the milestone in the 12th over of the game when Turner cut that straight to short cover and found Mahmudullah. Shakib has already amassed 1718 runs at a tad above 23 average in his 84th T20I. He also became only the second player and first Bangladeshi to scalp 100 wickets in T20Is.

The Australians lost wickets thick and fast after Shakib was inserted in the seventh over, with Shakib picking up Australia skipper Matthew Wade after a team-high of run-a-ball 22 in the second ball of his first over.

Pace bowler Mohammed Saifuddin combined with Shakib to rattle Australia with twin strikes in one over to send back Alex carey and Moises Henriques.

Shakib wiped off the tail with the wickets of Nathan Ellis and Adam Zampa with nine of the 11 batsmen getting scores in single digits.

Earlier Mohammad Naim made 23 in Bangladesh's 122 for eight after electing to bat. Dan Christian and Nathan Ellis took two wickets each.

Bangladesh had secured their first series win over Australia after winning the opening three matches.