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Bangladesh beat world champions England in opening T20I

Bangladesh beat world champions England in opening T20I
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On Thursday, Bangladesh defeated world champions England by six wickets in the first Twenty20 international in Chittagong, thanks to Najmul Hossain’s 51 off 30 balls. Despite Jos Buttler’s 67 off 42 balls, England only managed to score 156-6, while Bangladesh scored 158-4 in 18 overs.

England got off to a good start with Buttler and Phil Salt putting on 80 runs in their opening partnership, but after Buttler’s dismissal, England crumbled and only managed to score 21 runs in the last five overs. Hasan Mahmud finished with 2-26, forcing Buttler to give a catch at long-on in the 16th over.

Bangladesh got off to a positive start with Rony Talukdar and Liton Das putting on 33 in their opening partnership, but Adil Rashid bowled Talukdar, and Jofra Archer removed Liton. Najmul and debutant Towhid Hridoy added 65 runs for the third wicket to put Bangladesh in control, and Moeen Ali ended their partnership by getting rid of Hridoy for 24.

Shakib Al Hasan drove home the win with a boundary off Chris Jordan to stay 34 not out, while Afif Hossain was not out for 15 at the other end. This was England’s first T20 since winning the World Cup in Australia in November.