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#AUSvBAN | Bangladesh set challenging total of 157 for Australia to chase in 2nd innings

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 6:00 IST

An Australia vs Bangladesh encounter in the years gone by would be a foregone conclusion, with Australia expected to win by a country mile. However, things are different now. The current Bangladeshi team has a good recent record against established teams, especially in the T20 format.

Australia, on the other hand, have failed to adapt successfully to T20, the T20 World Cup being the only trophy that has eluded them.

And one only has to look at the score that Bangladesh has posted for Australia to chase down in their Group 2 encounter of the ICC World T20 to know how far the Bangladeshi cricket team has progressed, thanks to a blinding knock played by all rounder Mahmudullah.

In the last two overs of the match, Mahmudullah took Bangladesh's total from 130 to 156 by hitting some big lofted shots.

The other major contributions for Bangladesh came from Mithun Ali, who made 23 runs. Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell were both targeted by the Bangladeshi batsmen, each going for an economy rate of 12 runs per over.

After losing their first match against New Zealand, Australia's task of qualifying for the semi-finals of the ICC World T20 will become virtually impossible if they were to lose this match to Bangladesh. A victory for Bangladesh would mean that the minnows are still alive in the tournament, aiming to make their first ever semi-final appearance.

First published: 21 March 2016, 9:13 IST