Chittagong: Around 18 years. It took so long for the first encounter between the two teams. When this first clash took place, the result surprised, because the world champion team was in front. In the history of T20 cricket, which started in 2005, Thursday 9 March was a very special day because for the first time Bangladesh and England Bilateral T20 series started between. In the very first match of the series, Bangladesh stunned the world champion England by a margin of 6 wickets. Captain Shakib Al Hasan and Najmul Hasan Shanto played a big role in finishing the England game.
In this first match of the series played in Chittagong, Bangladesh bowled first and stopped England with a big score. In front of Bangladesh’s spin and medium pace bowling attack on Chittagong’s slow pitch, England could score only 156 runs in 20 overs, which did not prove to be too difficult for Bangladesh.
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Shanto-Shakib gave historic victory
Bangladesh achieved the target of 157 runs by losing four wickets in 18 overs. Najmul Hasan played a blistering inning of 51 runs off 30 balls, which included eight fours. At the same time, the team’s captain Shakib also played a useful inning and returned after winning the team. Shakib scored an unbeaten 34 in 24 balls with the help of eight fours. Apart from him, Tohid Hriday contributed 24 and Ronnie Talukdar contributed 21 runs. With this victory, Bangladesh has taken a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series.
England batting flop
Earlier, England batsmen had to struggle to score runs and after losing 6 wickets, the team could score only 156 runs. At one time, England had scored 126 runs in the 15th over itself, but in the last 5 overs only 30 runs came to its account. Only three of his batsmen reached double digits. For England, captain Jos Buttler scored 67 off 42 balls but his dismissal in the 16th over affected England’s score.
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Butler scored four fours and as many sixes in his innings. At the same time, opener Phil Salt contributed 38 and Ben Duckett contributed 20 runs. For Bangladesh, Hasan Mahmood took two wickets for 26 runs while Shakib took one wicket for 26 runs. The second match of the series will be played in Mirpur on Sunday, March 11.