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Bangladesh secures 10-wicket victory against USA to prevent series sweep in 3rd T20I

Bangladesh Defeats USA in Final T20 Match, USA Wins Series 2-1

Bangladesh Clinches Victory Over USA in T20 Series Finale

In a thrilling finale to the three-game series, Bangladesh secured a resounding victory over the United States by 10 wickets in Houston. Mustafizur Rahman’s exceptional bowling display, claiming six wickets, proved pivotal in restricting the Americans to a modest total of 104-9 in their allotted 20 overs. The visiting team effortlessly chased down the target in just 11.4 overs without losing a single wicket.

Despite the loss in the final match, the United States clinched the series 2-1, stunning their higher-ranked opponents by winning the first two games. This series triumph serves as a significant morale booster for the Americans as they gear up to co-host the upcoming T20 World Cup alongside the West Indies.

The American innings started promisingly with Shayan Jahangir and Andries Gous forming a solid partnership of 46 runs. However, Gous, who scored 27 off 15 balls, was caught by Soumya Sarkar off Shakib Al Hasan’s delivery. Jahangir, contributing 18 runs, fell shortly after, caught by Tanzim Hasan Sakib. The hosts struggled to maintain their momentum, losing three more wickets and scoring only 14 runs. Mustafizur’s outstanding spell at the death saw him finish with career-best T20I figures of 6-10.

Bangladesh’s chase was led by Tanzid Hasan, who scored 58 off 42 balls, and Soumya, who added 43 runs from 28 deliveries. The Bangladeshi batsmen comfortably handled the American bowlers, cruising to victory.

Bangladesh captain Najmul Hossain Shanto lauded his team’s character in bouncing back from the previous defeats, stating, “I think the boys showed a lot of character today. I think the plan we made before this match, everyone executed.”

American Vice-Captain Aaron Jones attributed the loss to poor shot selection by the batsmen. The USA will play warm-up games against Bangladesh and Nepal in Dallas before facing Canada in the T20 World Cup opener. Jones emphasized the importance of these matches in finalizing the team’s strategy for the tournament.

Overall, the series provided an excellent platform for both teams to fine-tune their skills and strategies ahead of the prestigious T20 World Cup.

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