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Netravalkar, Ali Khan shines in USA’s History series win against Bangladesh

The USA cricket team registered a historic series win against Bangladesh by winning the second match of the 3-match T20I series on Thursday.

The Bangladesh cricket team were scheduled to tour the USA to play 3 match T20I series before the start of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. The series was expected to lay a strong foundation for both teams for their T20 World Cup preparations.

Being a host, the USA was expected to have an upper hand in the 3 match T20I series against Bangladesh. But on the other hand, Bangladesh’s experienced players were expected to give a tough competition for the hosts.

While a huge number of cricket fans engaged in the IPL 2024 playoffs week, the USA cricket team grabbed some of their attention by winning back-to-back T20I matches against Bangladesh.

With a couple of victories in the first two T20Is, USA sealed the series victory and will look out to win their last match of the series to begin their T20 World Cup camp on a positive note.

USA won the first match of the series by 5 wickets while won their second match of the series by 6 runs.

The second match of the series played a crucial role in USA’s victory. Winning the toss, Bangladesh decided to bowl first where Steven Taylor and Monank Patel opened the inning for USA.

The duo laid a decent foundation by adding 44 runs for the first wicket. In the fourth delivery of the seventh over Rishad Hossain broke the partnership by dismissing Taylor for 31 runs and dismissed Andries Gous for a golden duck in the very next delivery.

Aaron Jones on the other hand made a 60 runs partnership with Taylor and pushed the team’s core beyond 100 runs mark. Without much contribution from USA’s lower order, the hosts managed to score 144 runs for 6 wickets loss at the end of 20 overs.

With a 140 plus target, Bangladesh’s opening batters failed to provide the expected start. Soumya Sarkar was dismissed for a Golden duck while Tanzid Hasan lost his wicket for 19 runs while the team’s score stood at 30.

Bangladesh’s middle-order batters contributed some crucial runs for the teams which pushed the team’s score to a safer zone. But Ali Khan’s triple wicket spell once again made the USA stand tall in the second inning.

With 12 required off the final 6 deliveries, Ali Khan successfully defended the target by dismissing the last batter and led the USA to seal the series victory with three balls remaining.

Ali Khan was awarded the player of the match for his impressive bowling attack which bagged 3 wickets for 25 runs in 3.3 overs.

The final match of the Bangladesh tour of USA 2024 will be played on May 25 in Prairie View Cricket Complex, Houston.

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