Bangladesh Mehidy Hasan’s career-best bowling performance (four wickets for 12 runs) and his crucial innings of 20 runs sealed the three-match T20 series by registering a four-wicket win against England here on Sunday. Bangladesh allowed England to score 117 runs in 20 overs, after which this target was achieved by scoring 120 runs for six wickets with seven balls to spare.
Bangladesh had won the first T20 match by six wickets in which Nazmul Hossain’s innings of 51 runs in 30 balls played an important role. He also scored an unbeaten 46 in the second T20 on Sunday to keep the home team in the hunt for victory while England bowlers were taking wickets at regular intervals. For England, fast bowler Joffra Archer took three wickets for 13 runs and gave hope to the team, but Najmul kept batting restrained.
Chasing this target, Bangladesh lost the wickets of both their openers Liton Das and Ronnie Talukdar for just 27 runs. Then Najmul stood at one end but it was not easy for the team to reach the target, then Mehdi hit two sixes during his innings of 20 runs in 16 balls. Archer again dismissed Mehdi on a slow ball and then uprooted Afif Hussain’s stumps.
Moin Ali took the wicket of captain Shakib Al Hasan, due to which Bangladesh’s score was 100 for six in the 18th over. Najmul and Taskin Ahmed hit three boundaries in the first over of Chris Jordan. Taskin hit the winning four and remained unbeaten after scoring eight runs. Earlier, Bangladesh won the toss and invited England to bat and took the wicket of David Malan.