Twitter Reactions: Adam Zampa’s fifer takes down lifeless Bangladesh in Dubai
The Men in Yellow chased the modest target of 74 with as many as 82 balls to spare.
Updated - Nov 4, 2021 6:16 pm
Australia have taken one step closer to qualifying for the semi-final of the T20 World Cup. On Thursday, November 4, the Aaron Finch-led team defeated Bangladesh by eight wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The Aussies also got their net run rate up to 1.031 after the thumping win. As far as the Tigers are concerned, they couldn’t garner a single win in the Super 12.
Zampa comes to the party
After being put in to bat first, the Tigers looked hapless and clueless as they were bowled out for a mere 73 in 15 overs. Mitchell Starc struck first blood, getting rid of Liton Das, who failed to open his account. Soumya Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahim couldn’t go beyond double digits either. Mohammad Naim looked promising after he hit three fours, but Josh Hazlewood accounted for his wicket.
The Tigers lost half their side with their score at 33 in 6.1 overs. Mahmudullah also failed to convert after scoring 16. Same was the case for Shamim Hossain, who got out after scoring 19. Afif Hossain, Mahedi Hasan and Shoriful Islam got out for ducks. For Australia, Adam Zampa wreaked havoc. The leg-spinner ended with figures of 4-0-19-5. Starc and Hazlewood got two wickets apiece as well.
Finch drills the final nail in Bangladesh’s coffin
The Aussie openers, David Warner and Aaron Finch, threw the kitchen sink at everything to start their run-chase. The duo was aware that Australia needed to improve their nrr and hence, played their shots from the outset. Finch came out firing on all cylinders and scored 40 runs off 20 balls with the help of two fours and four sixes. Taskin Ahmed castled him in the fifth over to cut short his stay.
The Kangaroos racked up as many as 67 runs in the powerplay and showed their dominance. David Warner, who has been in decent form in the World Cup, scored 18 runs before Shoriful rattled his woodwork. However, by then the writing was already on the wall for Mahmudullah’s Bangladesh. In the end, the Men in Yellow chased the modest target of 74 with as many as 82 balls to spare.
Here’s how the netizens reacted to Australia’s win
High time that NRR is removed to break ties in multi-team tournaments. For ex if Aus win by 1 wkt or 10 wkts the NRR change is the same. Also some teams have an advantage due to scheduling. Some one has to innovate soon. Bonus Point is one solution. #continueranting #T20WorldCup
— Gaurav Sundararaman (@gaurav_sundar) November 4, 2021
That was Zampa’s first 5 wicket haul in 3rd grade
— The Grade Cricketer (@gradecricketer) November 4, 2021
Good to see Taskin Ahmed reacting after a catch is dropped off his bowling. He has been really nice on the ten previous occasions in 2021.
— Mohammad Isam (@Isam84) November 4, 2021
Australia must look to finish this chase asap AND if they reach 73 they must attempt to hit a boundary to take the total to 77 or 79. It will further improve their NRR. Every run matters. #T20WorldCup
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) November 4, 2021
Best bowling figures for Australia in #T20WorldCup:
5/19 – Adam Zampa vs Bangladesh in 2021
5/27 – James Faulkner vs Pakistan in 2016
4/18 – Dirk Nannes vs Bangladesh in 2010
4/20 – Stuart Clark vs Sri Lanka in 2007
3/15 – Mitchell Johnson vs Sri Lanka in 2010
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) November 4, 2021
This chase is crucial for the Aussies. https://t.co/R3wvJwO6M6
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) November 4, 2021
Terrific start for the Aussies #ICCT20WorldCup2021 against Bangladesh ! Time to go for the kill now and knock B’desh over for 75 or less and chase then down in 7 overs or less to get the run rate back to above South Africa !!!!!! Huge opportunity right now 👏🏻👏🏻
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) November 4, 2021
All the T20 games I do last 4 hours..how do these guys get games that last just 2 hours? And on top of that, I do so many double headers…🙄
— Hemant (@hemantbuch) November 4, 2021
Australia chase down 74 runs from just 6.2 overs against Bangladesh and moved second in the points table – an exciting November 6 ahead with Australia vs West Indies and South Africa vs England in group 1.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 4, 2021
Australia beats Bangladesh and their NRR jumps above South Africa's NRR in the Points Table.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) November 4, 2021
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) November 4, 2021
— Mohammad Isam (@Isam84) November 4, 2021