Cricket news; Australia loses second T20 to Bangladesh in Dhaka
A batting collapse of alarming proportions was the catalyst for a second successive Australian T20 defeat to Bangladesh, continuing a horror run months out from the World Cup.
On Tuesday Australia lost for the first time in a T20 clash to Bangladesh and a return to the same venue in Dhaka 24 hours later produced the same result.
Australia has never won the T20 World Cup, and with a raft of first-choice players sitting at home after opting out of the tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh, and with no more warm-up matches scheduled beyond the current series, preparations for the October tournament have not gone to plan.
The loss is Australia’s sixth from seven T20 matches across the tours of the West Indies and now Bangladesh.
Batting first on a wicket that was described as “challenging” in Dhaka, the tourists scrambled to just 7-121, losing 5-18 in a 23-ball stretch before the home team went on to reel in the total with overs to spare.
Only Mitch Marsh, again, with 42 and Moises Henriques (30 off 25) showed any batting resistance, with young opener Josh Philippe again failing to produce the score selectors hoped for.
The Aussies have now produced scores of just 121 and 137 in the two games, not enough despite the tough conditions.
“We have to find a way in a very short turnaround to combat that and try and get as many runs as possible,” Henriques said post-match.
“It’s quite clear it’s not going to be a 160 or 180, 200-run wicket, but we still need to find a way to just get a few more out whether it’s 140, 150, whatever it might be we, just need to hustle a little bit.”
Batting issues have haunted the Aussies without skipper Aaron Finch at the top of the order and David Warner also at home in locked-down Sydney.
Australia went 24 balls without a boundary near the end of their innings and managed just 34 runs in the final six overs as the Bangladesh bowlers exploited the slow pitch conditions.
“I thought they were actually a bit smarter than us to be honest,” Henriques said.
“It probably helps that maybe they’ve played possibly in monsoon season here on this wicket.
“They’ve got the advantage of having played here so many times, but a lot of their spin bowlers were bowling less than 80 kilometres an hour, that’s not to say that’s going be successful all the time.
“It’s just in these conditions against our batters who are probably used to facing faster spinners, it‘s a big change for us, so we’ve got to come up with a way to combat that as intelligently as possible as a batting team.”
The Aussies will now have to win three matches in a row to avoid a second straight series loss after going down 4-1 to the West Indies last month.
Game three is on Friday night.