Bangladesh get shock T20 series win over world champions England
All-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz delivered with bat and ball as Bangladesh stunned world champions England by four wickets in a second successive upset to clinch the three-match T20I series with a game to spare in Mirpur on Sunday.
Chasing 118 to win, the hosts lost openers Litton Das and Rony Talukdar for single-digit scores, before Najmul Hossain Shanto and Mehidy stitched together a 41-run partnership to get them back on track.
“In a tricky game like this it was important to keep our nerve. Shanto... Mehidy, a superb innings for the team,” Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan said.
Jofra Archer dismissed Mehidy and Afif Hossain to end with three wickets in his four overs, but Najmul (46) and Taskin Ahmed were able to chase down the target.
Earlier, England, who had never lost a T20I to Bangladesh before this series, had struggled with the bat from the outset and Dawid Malan (5) departed early before fellow opener Phil Salt was caught and bowled by Shakibon 25.
Ben Duckett top-scored for the visitors with a run-a-ball 28 but could not push on and was given little support asMehidy (4/12) ripped through the middle order on a turning pitch. “It was a different game of T20, credit to Bangladesh for out-playing us,” England captain Jos Buttler said.
Brief scores: England 117 in 20 overs (B. Duckett 28, M.H.Miraz 4/12); Bangladesh 120/6 in 18.5 overs (N.H.Shanto 46, M.H.Miraz 20, J.Archer 3/13). Bangladesh won by 4 wickets