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Mustafizur Rahman’s Six-Wicket Haul Leads Bangladesh to Win Over USA

Mustafizur Rahman celebrating a wicket during the third T20I against the USA

Date: May 25, 2024  

Location: Prairie View Cricket Complex, Dallas

In a scintillating display of fast bowling, Mustafizur Rahman spearheaded Bangladesh’s emphatic ten-wicket victory over the USA in the third T20I, recording his career-best figures of 6 for 10. Despite this dominant win, the USA clinched the series 2-1, marking a significant achievement in their cricketing history.

Match Summary

United States of America                                                        104/9 (20)

Andries Gous
27 (15)

Mustafizur Rahman
6/10 (4)

Corey Anderson
18 (18)

Rishad Hossain
1/7 (4)

Shayan Jahangir
18 (20)

Shakib Al Hasan
1/23 (3)

Bangladesh                                                                                108/0 (11.4)

Tanzid Hasan
58* (42)

Nisarg Ketankumar Patel
0/6 (0.4)

Soumya Sarkar
43* (28)

Jasdeep Singh
0/10 (2)

Nitish Kumar
0/11 (1)

Toss: BAN won the toss and elected to bowl

Result: BAN won by 10 wickets and 50 balls left

Player of the Match: Mustafizur Rahman – 6/10 (4)

Player of the Series: Mustafizur Rahman (BAN)

USA’s Innings: A Tale of Early Promise and Rapid Decline

Electing to bowl first, Bangladesh capitalized on early breakthroughs despite a brisk start by the USA. Andries Gous (27 off 15) and Shayan Jahangir (18 off 20) set a promising tone, with Gous hitting some exquisite boundaries, including a towering six off Shakib Al Hasan. However, Shakib had the last laugh, claiming Gous as his 700th international wicket, a historic milestone making him the first cricketer to achieve 700 wickets alongside over 14,000 runs.

The USA’s innings quickly unravelled, with Mustafizur Rahman entering the attack. Jahangir was caught in a deep square leg, which initiated a collapse. Mustafizur’s lethal bowling spell saw him decimate the middle and lower order, finishing with extraordinary figures of 6 for 10, the best by a Bangladeshi bowler in T20Is. Complementing Mustafizur, wrist-spinner Rishad Hossain bowled an incredibly tight spell, giving away just seven runs in his 4 overs and picking up a wicket, the most economical for Bangladesh in T20Is.

Bangladesh’s Chase: A Masterclass in Aggression

Chasing a modest target of 105, Bangladesh’s openers Tanzid Hasan and Soumya Sarkar showcased their prowess with the bat. Tanzid was in sublime form, scoring an unbeaten 58 off 42 balls, while Soumya provided solid support with a quickfire 43 not out off 28 balls. The duo attacked from the outset, dismantling the USA bowling lineup with ease.

Tanzid set the tone with elegant cover drives and powerful pulls, reaching his half-century in the 11th over. Soumya played the perfect foil, striking two sixes and ensuring the run rate never dipped. The partnership flourished, bringing up their second-century stand in 15 days and sealing the victory in just 11.5 overs without losing a wicket.

Key Highlights

Mustafizur’s Magic: His 6 for 10 is the best bowling figure by a Bangladeshi in T20Is, highlighting his exceptional skill and control.

Shakib’s Milestone: Shakib Al Hasan became the 17th cricketer to take 700 international wickets, adding another feather to his illustrious cap.

Economical Rishad: Rishad Hossain’s 1 for 7 in four overs set a new benchmark for Bangladesh in T20Is.

USA’s Strategic Decisions and Future Outlook

The USA, having already secured the series, opted to rest key players like Monank Patel, Steven Taylor, Harmeet Singh, and Ali Khan. This provided an opportunity for other players to gain experience at the international level. Despite the loss, the USA’s overall performance in the series reflects significant progress and potential for future competitions.

Also Read: USA Secures Historic T20I Series Win Against Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s Takeaways and Road Ahead

Bangladesh’s third T20I showcased their ability to bounce back with solid performances from both seasoned and emerging players. Mustafizur’s form will be crucial as they look ahead to upcoming tournaments. The team’s depth in bowling and the reliable opening partnership offer positive signs for future matches.

The final T20I between Bangladesh and the USA was a thrilling encounter dominated by Mustafizur Rahman’s exceptional bowling. While the USA celebrated a historic series win, Bangladesh’s comprehensive victory in the last match highlighted their potential and resilience. Fans will eagerly anticipate more exciting contests as both teams continue to develop and showcase their talents on the international stage.

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