Match Report – USA vs BAN 2nd T20I, May 23, 2024

UNITED STATES 144 for 6 (Monank 42, Jones 35, Taylor 31, Rishad 2-21, Shoriful 2-29, Mustafizur 2-31) beaten Bangladesh 138 (Shanto 36, Shakib 30, Ali Khan 3-25, Netravalkar 2-15, van Schalkwyk 2-21) by six points

Ali Khan starred as the United States cruised to a T20I series victory over Bangladesh at home, leading 2-0 in the three-match series in Texas on Thursday. His three-wicket haul helped the United States secure a six-run victory in the second match after winning the first match thanks to Harmeet Singh’s big hit.

The United States played superbly in the death overs, with Ali Khan picking up all three of his wickets during this period, while Saurabh Netravalkar claimed one in the 19th over.

When the United States won the first match on Tuesday, it was their first victory against a top 10 T20I team. This time they went further. This will be a huge boost for the team ahead of the T20 World Cup next month.

For Bangladesh, it is a disaster for cricket.

They failed to launch the 145-point chase from the start. They lost two wickets in the powerplay before a rush of wickets following a 48-run standoff between captain Najmul Hossain Shanto and Towhid Hridoy. Shakib Al Hasan tried to take them home but Ali Khan removed him in the 18th to put the United States back in the game.

Rishad Hossain led Bangladesh’s efficient bowling effort after deciding to bowl first. He has won 2 out of 21, his best and most economical coming out in T20Is, while Mustafizur Rahman and Shoriful Islam have also won two each. USA captain Monank Patel scored 42 goals while his deputy Aaron Jones scored 35, but the home side could not enjoy a decent numerical advantage.

The United States is making progress

In the chase, Netravalkar gave the United States the early breakthrough they wanted by defending a small total. He caught and bowled Soumya Sarkar, who weakly pushed the fourth ball of the innings back towards the bowler. Tanzid Hasan hit a six off Ali Khan, before tickling a boundary off Steven Taylor in the fourth over. Tanzid, however, spoiled his good start when he was bowled trying to bowl a Jessy Singh delivery that was not short enough for the shot.

After that, Shanto and Hridoy, who made fifty runs in the first match, added 48 runs for the third wicket. Hridoy and Shanto hit Harmeet for a six each in the tenth over, both hitting the ball relatively straight.

But Shanto and Hridoy made a mistake in the 11th over and Shanto was left stranded in the middle of the field. Corey Anderson then bowled Hridoy in the 13th over for 25 off 21 balls before Shadley van Schalkwyk did the same to Mahmudullah in the 15th over.

Ali Khan sides with the United States

Shakib survived a run-out attempt early in the 16th over when the edge fielder was unable to hit the stumps even as Shakib struggled to reach the striker’s side. He got rid of it by timing two superb fours on Jessy later in the race, first to the point, then tickled the third.

Bangladesh’s joy, however, was short-lived. Jaker Ali fell to van Schalkwyk before Shakib followed him to the next ball. Batting on 30, Shakib clipped a forward delivery from Ali Khan onto his stumps, leaving the tail to finish the job. Ali Khan then trapped Tanzim Hasan lbw for a duck just a ball later to put the United States well and truly in the lead.

Ali Khan, the last hero

Rishad criticized Ali Khan for a four with a bounce late in the 18th over to keep Bangladesh in the hunt, but Netravalkar beat Shoriful in the penultimate over. Mustafizur took a single off the last ball of the over, before taking a pass at the start of the last over. Rishad hit Ali Khan for a four through, but the next ball, Ali Khan took his inside edge as he tried to bring the fast bowler up, sparking huge celebrations for the United States.

Rishad strikes after good start in USA

In the first half, Taylor and Monank took a little time to get going, but starting in the fourth period, the first two Americans took a few boundaries. Taylor hit Tanzim for two fours in the fourth over before cracking Mustafizur and Shakib for a six each in the following overs.

But soon after finishing the powerplay unbeaten, USA lost two big wickets. Rishad floated one to Taylor, who hit it wide on Tanzid Hasan’s throat. He made 31 off 28 balls with two sixes and three fours. On the next ball, Rishad had Andries Gous caught for a duck with a nice leg break. He finished with his best T20I figures of 2 for 21 from four overs.

Shoriful and Mustafizur join the party

Monank and Jones then added 60 runs for the third wicket, but they struck just 6.42 per over. Jones was smoother than in the previous match, however, hitting Rishad for a six over long-on, but big hits were rare in general.

After keeping Jones and Monank on a tight leash for just under ten overs, Bangladesh got their reward in the final four overs. Mustafizur removed Jones for 35 off 34, caught at long on. Shoriful beat Anderson and Monank in the 19th. And Mustafizur had Harmeet soon after as his duck. But it turned out that the United States had enough on the board.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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