Bangladesh leads Ireland 2-0 thanks to Shakib’s five wickets and Litton’s record breaking fifty

Shakib Al Hasan delighted after returning Harry Tector with a five-for

In Chattogram, Bangladesh defeated Ireland by 77 runs to win the T20I series. Shakib Al Hasan was assisted by Litton Das. They were the top performers in the hosts’ overall performance, which gave them their second-largest win in the format (by runs). 

While Litton’s 83 and three catches as wicket keeper made an equal impact, Shakib’s quickfire 38 and subsequent five-wicket haul had the opposite effect. Shakib surpassed Tim Southee to become the top wicket-taker in the T20I format with his second five-for.

The rain-shortened game’s opening pair, Litton and Rony Talukdar, contributed 124 runs in 9.2 overs. Before Shakib’s display, Litton scored 83 runs off just 41 balls.

Ireland struggled to connect together a few solid overs and was lacking in all three areas. The batting crumbled in the face of Shakib’s brilliance after a lost catch and a couple crucial misfields. Previously, rain had earlier threatened to destroy the game’s chances just as play was about to begin.

Ten minutes after the coin toss on Wednesday afternoon, the first raindrops started to fall. The umpires declared a 3:15 p.m. start after the rain stopped after 40 minutes, but a sprinkle soon started. 

100 minutes after the scheduled time, at 3:40 pm, the 17-overs-per-side game began. Nonetheless, the Bangladesh openers continued where they left off in the first T20I and were barely frightened or alarmed by it.

The fastest team fifty. The fastest individual fifty. The fastest team hundred. The biggest opening stand for the team. As they pummeled Ireland all over the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in a remarkable opening stand, Litton and Rony did it all.

9.2 overs were devoted to sheer amusement. In contrast to Ireland’s average bowlers and fielders, the pair scored 13 fours and five sixes, shattering multiple team records. 

After taking large overs from Mark Adair and Graham Hume, Rony and Litton helped Bangladesh reach 50 in 3.3 overs. A Bangladeshi opening duo had never previously produced three straight fifty-plus stands.

As George Dockrell couldn’t hang onto his bullet of a pull shot, Litton was dropped in the fourth over on 16. Earlier to Fionn Hand’s first over while on tour, which saw him score 19 runs, the similar over had produced 17 runs. On the following over, Litton reached his half-century, surpassing Mohammad Ashraful’s 2007 20-ball fifty. 

In just 7.1 overs, Bangladesh sped to 100, their second-fastest opening partnership in the team’s history. A 44-run innings from 23 balls, with three fours and two sixes hit in the area between long-on and midwicket, was taken out by Ben White in the tenth over.

With his three sixes, Litton connected over the point, long-off, and square-leg. The majority of his 41-ball stay included eight dot balls, while seven of his ten fours were hit behind square on either side of the wicket. 

It’s the lowest score by a Bangladeshi hitter in a knock of 75 or more. But, Litton’s innings came to a quick conclusion when, after a slight slowdown in the run rate, he edged leg spinner White in the 12th over.

After Shakib Al Hasan reduced Ireland to 43 for 6, they began to sink. Curtis Campher, who handled the majority of the remaining scoring by himself, had some life left in him. Due to Taskin removing his stumps in the 15th over, he scored 50 off 29 balls while hitting three sixes and the same number of fours. 

Before this, Campher had just passed the fifty-mark after bouncing two sixes off Taskin. Ireland lost by 77 runs because they missed a couple stronger innings that night.