Experimental Aussies maintain winning momentum

AUSTRALIA remains undefeated in its tour of Bangladesh after another white ball victory, this time to the tune of 58 runs in the second T20.

After the Australians opted to bat first and posted 8/161, Bangladesh could only muster 9/103.

The tourists experimented with their batting order, including promoting Georgia Wareham to number three and demoting skipper Alyssa Healy to 10.

The Wareham move proved particularly beneficial, as she went on to top score with 57 off just 30 balls in an innings that included 10 fours.

Grace Harris also produced a solid knock out in the middle, making 47 off just 34 balls, which included six fours and a six.

Bangladesh could not even blame bad bowling for the Australian innings, with the home side not conceding even a single extra. It was all done via the firepower of Australia’s batters.

Fariha Islam Trisna was the star with the ball for the home side, picking up four wickets, while Nahida Akter and Fahima Khatun claimed two each.

In reply, the hosts’ collapse began early. They were originally going at about a run a ball, but once their second wicket fell at 2/40, the hosts only added 58 more runs in the space of just over 13 overs to ultimately fall well short of the target.

In the end, only four Bangladeshi batters made a double figure score, including Dilara Akter whose 27 at the top of the order was the pick of the bunch.

Meanwhile for the Australians, it was the spinners who starred, with Ash Gardner and Sophie Molineux collecting three wickets each. Megan Schutt nabbed two, while Wareham also got on the board.

The last match of the T20 series and the tour is set to take place tomorrow.

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