Powerplay the difference in Australia loss - Mashrafe


Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza conceded Australia's superior performance with the bat in the opening six overs was the difference in their three-wicket World Twenty20 loss on Monday.

Having been put into bat in Bangalore, Bangladesh reached 156-5 thanks in part to Mahmudullah's unbeaten 49 off 29 deliveries.

However, Usman Khawaja's maiden T20I half-century helped seal victory for Australia, who ended the powerplay on 51-0 in contrast to Bangladesh's 33-2 at the same stage.

Bangaldesh did a decent job with the ball in their efforts to save the game but were unable to prevent Australia from sealing a victory that keeps their semi-final hopes intact.

While Australia still have a chance to progress, Bangaldesh - who started the Super 10 stage with a loss to Pakistan - have a mountain to climb ahead of contests with India and New Zealand.

"First six overs was crucial, we knew this ground was high-scoring," Mashrafe said.

"Our fielding and bowling could have been better. Mahmudullah played really well, [Mohammad] Mithun and Shakib [Al Hasan] too.

"Two losses in a row, but we have two matches left and we'll see what happens."