Former one-day opener Mark Waugh has lashed Bangladesh’s “woeful” batting display against Australia, declaring its 73-run performance with the willow below international standard.
#BNG been the biggest disappointment of the #T20WorldCup. Their bowling has been fine but their batting is a mess. Feel for the coaching staff who may take the blame for this World Cup; there’s only so much they can do with this group who lack power & are exposed v pace & bounce.
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) November 4, 2021
The Tigers’ terrible T20 World Cup campaign continued on Thursday against the Aussies, who bowled Bangladesh out for a paltry 73 off just 15 overs.
It was Bangladesh’s lowest total of the tournament so far and, as per Cric Viz, its second-lowest ever T20I total, ahead of the 70 it conjured against New Zealand in the previous World Cup.
Broadcaster Mark Nicholas said the Tigers’ effort was “barely believable”, while former England opener Michael Atherton said Mahmudullah’s side “looked terribly short of confidence.”
This has been absolutely horrendous from Bangladesh – they've probably been the worst team in the Super 12s.
Many reasons but an obvious one is the terrible pitches prepared at home – secured T20 series wins v Aus and NZ but did absolutely nothing to help the team develop
— Tim Wigmore (@timwig) November 4, 2021
Speaking on Fox Cricket after the innings, Waugh said Bangladesh “offered nothing with the bat.”
“That is an embarrassing display … It’s supposed to be a T20 World Cup and you wouldn’t find that in third grade in the park, that sort of batting.”
Poor Bangladesh. They look a broken side right now: 33-5 off 6.1 against Australia here in Dubai.
— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) November 4, 2021
Cricket writer Lawrence Booth wrote on Twitter that Bangladesh looked like “a broken side.”
Coming into Thursday’s match against Bangladesh, Australia was a full net run rate point behind South Africa, who were second in their Super 12 group.
Aaron Finch’s side had a net run rate of -0.627 while the Proteas were sitting pretty at +0.742.
Given a series win over Australia leading in, Bangladesh have been very disappointing this tournament.
5/73 v Eng, 5/34 v SA and 5/33 here… will go 0-5 in the group & lost to Scotland in the qualification period, with wins over only PNG & Oman. #T20WorldCup
— Corbin Middlemas (@CorbinMiddlemas) November 4, 2021
However, Australia lifted their net run rate to +1.031 by demolishing Bangladesh to surge up to second in the group, breathing new life into the campaign. The top two sides from each group progress to the semi-finals.
Australia will next face reigning champions the West Indies on Saturday.
Courtesy: Fox Cricket and news.com.au