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Biggest upset in T20 history: USA thrash Bangladesh by 5 wickets

It was a historic moment for the USA cricket team, as they secured their first-ever win over a full national Test team by a margin of five wickets

By Web Desk
May 22, 2024
USA national cricket team. - AFP
USA national cricket team. - AFP

The USA cricket team beat Bangladesh in the first T20I of a three-match series at Prairie View in Houston on Tuesday, marking the biggest upset in the history of Twenty20 cricket. 

The faceoff marked the first international encounter between the two teams, with the USA pulling off a significant upset.

Bangladesh's batting was stifled by the economical bowling of Steven Taylor. Litton Das and Captain Najmul Hossain Shanto scored 14 off 15 balls and 3 off 11 balls respectively. Soumya Sarkar hit a quick 20 off 13 balls, but couldn't capitalise on his start. With Shakib's early dismissal at a meagre 6, Bangladesh found themselves in a precarious position at 68-4.

However, a partnership between Mahmudullah Riyad and Towhid Hridoy offered a glimmer of hope. They put up a 67-run stand in just 47 balls. Hridoy remained steady to score a crucial fifty. Their efforts helped Bangladesh post a respectable total of 153.

Starting their innings, the USA's response was strong. Despite Steven Taylor struggling to maintain his early momentum, Andries Gous scored a quick 33 off 18 balls. The real game-changer, however, was the partnership between Harmeet Singh and Corey Anderson in the final overs. They needed 56 runs from the last four overs. Anderson's 34 off 25 balls, coupled with Singh's explosive 33 off 13 balls, got the USA to reach their target.

It was a historic moment for the USA cricket team, as they secured their first-ever win over a full national Test team by a margin of five wickets.