- Nasima Akter
Prime Minister Congratulates Bangladesh's Match Win
The nation of Bangladesh is buzzing with excitement today, as the national cricket team has achieved an incredible feat - their first-ever T20I series win against England!
This thrilling victory was sealed with a four-wicket win over the visitors in the second match of the three-match series, played at the iconic Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, a passionate cricket enthusiast, has expressed her heartfelt congratulations to the players, coach, and officials of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for this historic win. In a message of felicitation, she expressed her hope that the winning streak of the national team would continue.
The Last Time the Prime Minister Showed Support
Sheikh Hasina is the current Prime Minister of Bangladesh, having held the position since January 2009. She is the longest-serving Prime Minister in the history of Bangladesh, having also served as Prime Minister from 1996 to 2001.
She is widely regarded as a strong and decisive leader who has made significant contributions to the country's development, particularly in areas such as healthcare, education, and infrastructure.
This congratulatory message by the Prime Minister is not the first time that she showed support for the Bangladesh Cricket Team. In 2019 Bangladesh's all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan went through suspension.
At the time, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) expressed their support for Shakib, acknowledging that he made a mistake and will learn from it.
The team's triumph in the T20I series this year is a significant moment for Bangladesh cricket, as they have been steadily improving in recent years and gaining a reputation as a strong contender on the international stage.
What Happened in the T20I Series Match
The Tigers showed their mettle right from the start of the T20I series, winning the first match by six wickets, before sealing the series with a four-wicket win in the second match. The team's captain, Mahmudullah Riyad, played a pivotal role in both victories, leading from the front with his impressive batting and tactical skills.
England had a poor start, with Dawid Malan and Phil Salt departing early. Ben Duckett top-scored for the visitors with a run-a-ball 28, but he received little support as Mehidy wreaked havoc through the middle order on a turning pitch. England ended up with a paltry total of 117.
England captain Jos Buttler credited Bangladesh for outplaying his team and acknowledged the outstanding bowling performance that created pressure and defended a low score. He also appreciated his team's efforts, but it wasn't enough to stop Bangladesh from winning their second consecutive match of the series.
With this 2-0 lead in the T20I series against England, the Tigers are poised to continue their winning streak and cement their status as a force to be reckoned with in the cricketing world.
Fans of the national cricket team have been elated by this historic win, taking to social media to express their joy and pride in the team's achievements.
The third and final match of the T20I series will be played on Tuesday at the same venue. Bangladesh will be looking to complete a clean sweep, while England will be eager to end the series on a high note.