Usman Khawaja struck an impressive half century as Australia overcame a mighty scare due to a middle order batting collapse to eventually beat Bangladesh by three wickets and bounce back in their World T20 campaign in Bangalore on Monday. Australia, who needed to win today to remain in contention after losing to New Zealand in their lung opener, were cruising along nicely before suffering a batting collapse and they had to scamper at the end to chase down the target of 157 with nine balls to spare at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Australian captain Steven Smith on Monday conceded that his side would have to improve its performance if it wanted to go the distance in the World T20 cricket tournament.
Steven Smith said:
“We haven’t been good enough in the middle overs today against Bangladesh. Don’t know about that, we made it difficult at the end. We have to do better.”
“the top-order batsmen should have taken up the responsibility of finishing the match with one of them staying till the end.”
“Bangladesh bowled quite well in the middle overs. It was about the top four going on and get a not out and making it more clinical.”
“We’ve had a bit of travel, but it’s not an excuse.”
“Pakistan and India play well in these conditions. They’re different, the pitches weren’t like this in the IPL. Our players have to adapt better.”
Bangladesh batsmen struggled for most part of their innings and they shook off the shackles only in the last five overs with Mahmudullah taking charge. They added 52 runs from the final five overs – scoring 15 and 17 runs in the 18th and 19th overs — to cross the 150 mark after they were placed at 104 for 4 at the end of the 15th over. Mahmudullah, who hit seven fours and a six in his unbeaten knock, took the responsibility of taking Bangladesh to a fighting total after Shakib departure as he played some exquisite shots towards the end.