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Tigers seal maiden series win over England

Staff Correspondent
12 Mar 2023 14:48:16 | Update: 13 Mar 2023 00:23:05
Tigers seal maiden series win over England
Bangladesh's players celebrate after the dismissal of England's Dawid Malan (not pictured) during the second Twenty20 international cricket match between Bangladesh and England at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on March 12, 2023 — AFP Photo

Bangladesh won their first-ever series against England in any format as they won by four wickets on Sunday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Chasing 118, Bangladesh were in trouble quite some times but Najmul Hossain Shanto stayed unbeaten on 46 to guide the Tigers to a historic win.

Batting first, England were bowled out for 117 in 20 overs following a brilliant bowling display from the Tigers. This was the lowest England have scored in the format while playing all 20 overs.

For Bangladesh, Mehidy Hasan Miraz was the star with the ball as he picked up four wickets for just 12 runs.

In reply, Bangladesh lost Liton Das (9) in the third over as he pulled one off Sam Curran’s bowling straight down Phil Salt’s throat at deep square leg.

Rony Talukdar (9) was gone in the final over of the powerplay mistiming a slog off Jofra Archer, which Moeen Ali took with ease.

The powerplay brought Bangladesh only 32 runs and the fall of openers meant that Najmul and Towhid Hridoy had to tread with caution.

The duo added 29 before Towhid gifted debutant Rehan Ahmed a wicket by cutting a short delivery straight to Chris Woakes at point.

Bangladesh then made a tactical move, sending Miraz ahead to keep a left-right combination in the middle.

The plan worked as they put together 41 runs in 32 balls, easing the pressure on Bangladesh before Miraz tried to pull Archer and gave Rashid a dolly to get out on 20 off 16 balls.

Shakib did not last long as he returned for a duck when he tried to hit Moeen over extra cover but only found Chris Jordan at long-off.

Afif Hossain (2) could only stay for a brief period as Archer blew his bails off, leading to Bangladesh needing 13 off the last two overs.

Jordan came into bowl the penultimate over and was smashed for a four by Najmul, and three runs off the next two balls meant pressure was transferred to England.

And under that pressure, Jordan bowled two wide deliveries to Taskin Ahmed, who smashed them both for four to ensure a historic win for Bangladesh.