In an incredible turn of events, Bangladesh has managed to beat England in a series for the first time ever. The T20I series had both teams playing hard, but Bangladesh won two T20Is of the three-match series.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz was the match’s hero, setting up the stirring victory with 4/12 from four overs that helped dismiss England for 117. He also added 20 valuable runs in the chase.
Bangladesh’s chase got off to a shaky start, but Najmul Hossain Shanto and Miraz steadied the ship with a crucial partnership of 41 runs. Although Jofra Archer dismissed Miraz, Shanto continued to bat with poise and patience and guided his team over the finish line with an unbeaten 46. Taskin Ahmed scored 11 on his T20I debut to provide the crucial finishing touch.
England, on the other hand, will be disappointed with their performance. The team struggled with the bat from the start, and despite a run-a-ball 28 from Ben Duckett, they could only manage a total of 117. Miraz was the chief destroyer with his magical spell of 4-12 that tore through England’s middle order.
Despite winning all five ODI series against Bangladesh, they were outplayed in the T20I series. England had previously beaten Bangladesh in their only T20I encounter at the T20 World Cup 2021.
While England had a disappointing loss, they still commended Bangladesh’s performance.
England’s captain Jos Buttler admitted that it was a tough game of T20, and he was proud of his team’s efforts despite the loss. Jofra Archer’s impressive performance with the ball was one of the few positives for the visitors, but it was not enough to prevent a historic defeat at the hands of the spirited Bangladesh side.
Bangladesh’s Recent Accomplishments
Meanwhile, Captain Shakib Al Hasan praised the efforts of Shanto and Miraz and stressed the importance of keeping calm in tricky situations. The skipper’s experience and leadership will be crucial for Bangladesh as they look to build on this historic victory and continue to make strides in the T20 format.
The series was a closely contested one, with Bangladesh putting in a gritty performance to win the first T20I by six wickets. They will now aim for a clean sweep in the third and final clash in Mirpur on 14 March.
Bangladesh’s recent victory is a testament to its improving cricketing skills. They won their fifth-ever ODI against England in their most recent meeting after half-centuries to Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Shakib Al Hasan.
However, England has been even more dominant in red-ball matches, with victories in their first eight Tests against Bangladesh to open with a streak of four 2-0 series victories.
Despite their past dominance, Bangladesh broke through for a first Test win over England in Mirpur in 2016, when Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Shakib Al Hasan skittled the visitors for 164 to secure a rousing 108-run victory. This recent victory is proof that Bangladesh is a team to watch out for in the future.
In conclusion, Bangladesh’s recent victory over England is a significant milestone for its cricketing journey.