In a commanding performance, Bangladesh clinched a resounding 10-wicket win against the United States in the third T20I at the Prairie View Cricket Complex in Houston. The match, part of Bangladesh’s tour of the USA, saw the visitors dominate in all departments, showcasing their superiority. The Series already lost by Bangladesh and this just a face saving win. USA won the series by 2-1.

Bangladesh’s Bowlers Set the Tone

Winning the toss and opting to bowl first, Bangladesh’s bowlers quickly put the United States under pressure. The USA innings never gained momentum, with wickets falling at regular intervals. The standout performer for Bangladesh was Mustafizur Rahman, whose exceptional bowling figures of 6 for 10 in 4 overs dismantled the USA batting lineup.

The United States managed to post a modest total of 104 for 9 in their 20 overs. Andries Gous was the top scorer for the hosts with a fighting 27 off 51 balls. However, no other batsman could provide significant support, with the next highest scores being 18 each from Shayan Jahangir and CJ Anderson.

A Clinical Bowling Performance

  • Mustafizur Rahman: The left-arm pacer was lethal, claiming 6 wickets and ensuring the USA never settled into a rhythm.
  • Rishad Hossain: He was economical and effective, picking up a wicket for 7 runs in his 4 overs.
  • Shakib Al Hasan and Tanzim Hasan Sakib: Both contributed with crucial wickets and maintained tight lines, further squeezing the American batsmen.

The USA innings saw a collapse from 46 for 1 to 60 for 5, courtesy of disciplined bowling and sharp fielding from Bangladesh.

Bangladesh’s Openers Seal the Chase

Chasing 105 for victory, Bangladesh’s openers, Tanzid Hasan and Soumya Sarkar, made light work of the target. The duo displayed aggressive intent from the outset, putting the USA bowlers under immense pressure.

Tanzid Hasan was the aggressor, smashing an unbeaten 58 off 42 balls, including 5 fours and 3 sixes. Soumya Sarkar complemented him perfectly, remaining not out on 43 off 28 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes. Their unbroken opening partnership of 108 in just 11.4 overs ensured that Bangladesh cruised to victory without losing a wicket.

Key Performances and Highlights

  • Tanzid Hasan: His quick-fire 58 set the tone for an emphatic chase, showcasing his prowess and composure.
  • Soumya Sarkar: His aggressive 43 off 28 balls ensured the chase was completed swiftly, underlining his experience and skill.
  • Complete Team Effort: From disciplined bowling to explosive batting, Bangladesh’s all-round performance was too strong for the USA.

Match Summary

  • USA: 104/9 in 20 overs (Andries Gous 27, Mustafizur Rahman 6/10)
  • Bangladesh: 108/0 in 11.4 overs (Tanzid Hasan 58, Soumya Sarkar 43)

Bangladesh’s dominant win in the third T20I not only highlights their cricketing prowess but also underscores the growing gap between established cricketing nations and emerging teams like the USA. This match was a clear demonstration of Bangladesh’s depth and talent, providing valuable experience and exposure to the USA side.

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