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Bangladeshs tour of USA 2024

Tigers register record win to wrap up series

Published : Monday, 27 May, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 253

Tigers register record win to wrap up series

Tigers register record win to wrap up series

After a 2-0 series defeat against ICCs associate member USA, Bangladesh finally got back on track and sealed a 10-wicket victory over the hosts in the third and final clash of the three-match T20i series at the Prairie View Cricket Complex (PVCC) in Houston, Texas on Sunday.

Despite the massive win, which is their largest T20i win in terms of wickets, Bangladesh shouldn be complacent as they played the last game against a second-string USA side.

The hosts rested their top four performers from the previous two games, namely skipper Monank Patel, Harmeet Singh, Steven Taylor and Ali Khan, to test their bench strength before the World Cup.

Bangladesh on the other hand, included pacer Hasan Mahmud in the squad, who is not part of the 15-member World Cup squad.

After an impressive spell from Mustafizur Rahman, who took six wickets for 10 runs from four overs including one maiden and four wides, Bangladesh restricted the USA to 104 for nine. Its the career-best T20i spell for Mustafizur and the best by any Bangladeshi bowler.

He was eventually named Player of the Match and Player of the Series for taking a total of 10 wickets in three matches.

Another positive was leg-spinner Rishad Hossain, who delivered the most economical spell in T20i cricket for Bangladesh, allowing only seven runs from four overs and taking a wicket at an economy rate of 1.75.

Needing 105 runs to win, Bangladesh reached 108 without any damage and with 50 balls to spare as openers Tanzid Tamim and Soumya Sarkar remained unbeaten on 58 off 43 and 43 off 28 respectively.

However, there is still cause for concern as Soumya has not been a consistent performer, while skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto and key player Shakib Al Hasan are not in good rhythm with the bat.

The same goes for Liton Das, who was included in place of the in-form Jaker Ali Anik in the third match but remained untested.

Bangladesh has two more tests to pass before the World Cup as they will play against the USA and India in two practice matches on May 28 and June 1 respectively.

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