Mehidy Hasan stars with the bat as Bangladesh thumped UAE to seal 2-0 series win
Bangladesh sealed the series 2-0. PC: Twitter
Bangladesh defeated United Arab Emirates by 32 runs in the second T20I at Dubai International Cricket Stadium and sealed the two-match series by 2-0.
After a tense last-over thriller in the series opener, it was rather one sided affair in the second T20I as Bangla tigers gave a clinical performance and won the game pretty comprehensively.
Captain Rizwan’s half century in vein
After restricting Bangladesh to 169 for 5 in the first innings, UAE got off to a poor start, losing both the openers inside the powerplay with only 28 on the board. Bangladesh bowlers were on top from the beginning and kept the UAE top order quiet in the powerplay.
As a result, Aryan Lakra and Vriitya Aravind got out immediately after the powerplay while attempting to up the scoring rate.
CP Rizwan and Basil Hameed. PC: Twitter
Skipper CP Rizwan along with Basil Hameed tried to steady the sinking ship and get UAE back in the chase. The pair added 90 runs for the fifth wicket, with Rizwan scoring his maiden T20I half century in 35 balls and Hameed adding a decent 42 off 40 to the total. However, even after a brilliant effort from Rizwan and Hameed, UAE failed to get anywhere near the target.
Bangladesh bowlers were clinical in the first ten overs, breaking the back of the chase after limiting the hosts to 29 for 4 at one stage. Mosaddek Hossain picked up two wickets for 8 runs in his 2 overs. Ebadot Hossain, Nasum Ahmed and Taskin Ahmed took one wicket each.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz led Bangladesh to an above-par total
Earlier, after being asked to bat first, Bangladesh managed 169 for 5 in 20 overs. Mehidy Hasan Miraz topped the scoring chart with his 46 off 37 balls.
After losing Sabbir Rahman inside the powerplay, Miraz was joined by Liton Das and the duo added 41 runs for the second wicket. Afif Hossain, who played a match winning innings in the first T20I, got off to a great start but gave his wicket against a juicy full-toss and departed for 18 off 10.
Thereafter, Miraz got out to a shocker of a lbw call when the ball pitched way outside leg stump. The likes of Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan chipped in and gave Bangladesh a fine finish towards the end.
Young left-arm spinner Aayan Khan was the pick of the bowlers with a figure of 2 for 33 in his four overs. Karthik Meiyappan and Aryan Lakra were very economical throughout their spells, taking one wicket each.
Bangladesh: 169/5 (20 Overs)
Mehidy Hasan Miraz 46 (37), Mosaddek Hossain 27 (22);
Aayan Khan 2-33 (4), Aryan Lakra 1-14 (3)
United Arab Emirates: 137/5 (20 Overs)
Chundangapoyil Rizwan 51* (36), Basil Hameed 42 (40);
Mosaddek Hossain 2-8 (2), Taskin Ahmed 1-22 (4)
Bangladesh won by 32 runs
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