In the final encounter of the five-match series against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Monday, Australia’s
decline in the shortest format reached a new low. The Australians were bowled out for 62 while chasing
a 123-run mark, their lowest-ever team score in the shortest format of the game. They were defeated 1-
4 in the five-match series.
Shakib al Hasan and Mohammad Saifuddin ripped down the Australian batting order, dismissing them in
13.4 overs. Only two batters out of eleven reached double digits. Captain Matthew Wade scored 22 runs
off 22 balls, while Ben McDermott scored 17 runs.
Prior to this match, Australia’s lowest T20I team total was against England in 2005.
This was Australia’s fifth consecutive T20I series loss. They had already lost to the West Indies (1-4), New
Zealand (3-2), India (2-1), and England before losing to Bangladesh (2-1).
The Australians have lost 11 T20Is so far in 2021, the joint-fourth most by a team in a calendar year. In
2016, Sri Lanka lost 13 games, while Pakistan and the Netherlands each lost 12 in 2010 and 2019, while
Australia is tied with Bangladesh (2018)
Australia, on the other hand, was missing a number of key players in their recent T20I series against
Bangladesh and the West Indies. The Australian team that lost to the West Indies and Bangladesh did
not include Steve Smith, David Warner, or Glenn Maxwell.
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