Bangladesh beat India for first time ever in T20 International


Bangladesh beat India for the first time in a T20 International as the Tigers pulled off a seven-wicket win in New Delhi.

India were restricted to 148 for six in the 1,000th men’s T20 International in the game’s history, before Mushfiqur Rahim’s unbeaten 60 from 43 balls gave Bangladesh a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

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The Tigers did it without their talisman Shakib Al Hasan, after the star all-rounder was banned for a year under ICC Anti-Corruption Code.

After Bangladesh won the toss and elected to chase, India found the going tough as Rohit Sharma (nine) and KL Rahul (15) fell cheaply to leave them 36 for two in the seventh over.

Shreyas Iyer cleared the ropes twice in a breezy 22 off 13 balls before becoming Aminul Islam’s second victim.

Shikhar Dhawan (41) and Rishabh Pant (27) both made starts but were run out and dismissed by Shafiul Islam respectively, with Shivam Dube caught and bowled by Afif Hossain for one in between.

That left Krunal Pandya (15 off eight balls) and Washington Sundar (14 off five) to give the hosts’ total a late boost.

Deepak Chahar removed Bangladesh openers Liton Das (seven) and Mohammad Naim (26) to leave the tourists 54 for two, but Rahim and Soumya Sarkar shared a stand of 60 for the third wicket.

When Sarkar was bowled by Khaleel Ahmed for 39, there were 35 required from 18 balls.

But Rahim hit four successive boundaries off Ahmed in the penultimate over before Mahmudullah ended the contest with a six as Bangladesh won with three balls to spare.