Mushfiqur Rahim (left) Shakib Al Hasan shared a 112-run partnership for Bangladesh © Getty Images
Mushfiqur Rahim (left) Shakib Al Hasan shared a 112-run partnership for Bangladesh © Getty Images

 

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

 

Mirpur: Apr 1, 2014

 

Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim’s 112-run partnership helped Bangladesh post a total of 153 for five against Australia in their last ICC World T20 2014 encounter. Both sides are out of the competition and this game is an inconsequential match. However, both teams would want a victory as a consolation to end their miserable campaigns at the T20 World Cup.

 

Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat first in front of a half empty arena at Mirpur. There were a few changes to the side as Mominul Haque and Sohag came in for Shamsur Rahman and Ziaur Rahman. But, they also handed an international cap Taskin Ahmed, who replaced Mashrafe Mortaza in the squad.

 

The start for Bangladesh was tough. Anamul Haque charged down the wicket and edged one to slip in the second over. Later, Tamim Iqbal spooned a catch to mid-on in the fourth over. Both wickets were taken by Nathan Coulter-Nile. At 12 for two, things were looking bleak again.

 

But then, they had their most dependable pair in the middle. Shakib was attacking from the outset. He made his intentions when he charged down the track to smash Doug Bollinger through the off-side for a four. Shakib punished anything short. When Bollinger bowled a half-tracker, he went after it and got the toe end of the bat as it sailed over mid-wicket. As the partnership built, the crowds started flocking the ground. The east stand was nearly full half-way through the innings.

 

Mushfiqur was slow to begin with, but Shakib was attacking and that kept Bangladesh in business. The shot making was simply superb as they quite easily played through the line and lofted over the top. Mushfiqur also got into the act later when he essayed a few attacking shots. The duo took Bangladesh past 100 and they had Australia thinking. They brought up their 100 partnership in only 70 balls and were looking good for a later assault.

 

But then, Mushfiqur was dismissed in the 17th over for 47 when he offered a catch to mid-wicket. Shakib continued for a while, but it got tougher for Bangladesh when he fell for 66 courtesy a good catch in the deep.

 

Nasir Hossain was the last batsman out as he got bowled by Mitchell Starc on the last ball. Bangladesh posted a competitive 153 for five.

 

Brief scores:

 

Bangladesh 153 for 5 in 20 overs (Shakib Al Hasan 66, Mushfiqur Rahim 47; Nathan Coulter-Nile 2 for 17) vs Australia.

 

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(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_44)