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United States surprise Bangladesh with T20 victory in Houston

The United States recorded a stunning five-wicket victory over Bangladesh in a Twenty20 International in Houston on Tuesday, giving the Americans a timely boost ahead of next month’s T20 World Cup.

The United States will host the group stage matches of the tournament being co-hosted with the West Indies, with the three-match series against Bangladesh being their main preparation.

Bangladesh is ninth in the world T20 rankings, while the United States is 19th, below Nepal and Oman, but the Americans were more than a match for their more experienced opponents.

Bangladesh were restricted to 153-6 with Towhid Hridoy top-scoring with 58 off 47 balls and Steven Taylor scoring two for nine from three overs.

But the United States reached the target with three balls to spare thanks to a brilliant 61-run partnership between Corey Anderson and Harmeet Singh that took them over the line.

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The United States were 94-5 with five overs remaining before the pair activated the strokes, with former New Zealand international Anderson hitting 34 off 25 balls with two sixes, while former Indian Under-19 player Singh hit three sixes and two fours while hitting. 33 from only 13 deliveries.

After Anderson hit a six on the penultimate ball of the 19th over, the Americans needed nine off the last six balls.

Anderson smashed Mahmudullah for another six and then took a single before Singh hit the next ball over extra cover for four to win the game.

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“It’s a great feeling,” Singh said.

“I was backing myself and the main aspect of the game was to stay in the game until the end. It all came down to our best efforts in the last over and I think that was our plan,” he said.

“Corey definitely brings a lot of experience. He himself played a lot of big tournaments, big matches. He knows how to finish games and how to stay calm under pressure, finish to the last ball… we all look up to him.” ” he said.

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The second game of the series will also be Thursday in Houston.

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