Adam Zampa bowled beautifully to restrict Bangladesh to 156 © Getty Images
Adam Zampa bowled beautifully to restrict Bangladesh to 156 © Getty Images

Australia defeated Bangladesh in the 22nd match of the T20 World Cup 2016 at Bangalore by three wickets with nine balls to spare. While Australia were on top for most part of the game, there were moments when Bangladesh gave them genuine scares. It may not exactly class as a thriller to the tea, but it was a highly exciting affair nonetheless. The match witnessed some fantastic individual performances on both sides which ultimately decided the fate of the contest. The standouts were the performances by Adam Zampa and Usman Khawaja for Australia, while Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmadullah excelled for Bangladesh. Rishad D’Souza brings you the highlights of the match. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs Bangladesh, ICC World T20 2016, Super 10 Group 2, Match 22 at Bangalore

Bangladesh’s undesirable start: In a Twenty20 game, it is of utmost importance to impose yourself in the powerplay overs as the batting team. Bangladesh made, at best, only a tame attempt at doing so. Very soon in the innings they lost Soumya Sarkar to a Shane Watson loosener and Sabbir Rahman fell in the same period after showing some promise to excel. The result of these big wickets was that Bangladesh were unable to score at an ideal run rate to try and push Australia on the defensive.

Adam Zampa impedes Bangladesh in middle overs: Zampa was mysteriously bowled for only one over in Australia’s previous game against New Zealand at Dharamsala, on a track that was meant to assist spinners. But today, Steven Smith optimized the utility of the young leg-spinner, and Zampa responded with a fantastic bowling display. He first dismissed Mohammad Mithun, who was starting to look more comfortable after an iffy start. Later in the spell he also removed a dangerous looking Shakib Al Hasan and snaffled Shuvahata Hom for 13. His three wickets came for a mere 23 runs in his four overs.

Mahmadullah takes Bangladesh to respectable total: After Zampa had ravaged the middle order, it looked very unlikely that Bangladesh would get anywhere past 135, but Mahmadullah batted incredibly well. He kept his head on his shoulders and did not attempt anything unnecessary. He unfailingly cashed in on the poor deliveries and as the innings progressed, started taking some calculated risks to propel Bangladesh past 150. His ended the innings unbeaten on 49 of just 29 deliveries.

Usman Khawaja’s quality at the top: Khawaja has been in splendid form, and once again he gave an exhibition of a sequence of crafty shots. This innings, he scored a 45-ball 58 in a knock built around wristy shots and supple drives to all parts of the field. His knock laid a strong foundation for Australia’s chase.

Shakib Al Hasan’s all round efficiency in vain: Shakib Al Hasan played a steadying knock of 33 from 25 balls during a time when Bangladesh were starting to look increasing susceptible. Later with the ball, he picked up three crucial wickets, conceding just 27 runs in his quota of four overs. Unfortunately, for him and his team, the efforts were not consolidated by remainder of the team efforts.