Shanto departs after quickfire fifty 

Photo: Firoz Ahmed

Bangladesh batter Najmul Hossain Shanto scored his third T20I fifty to take Bangladesh to a commanding position, 111 for three after 12 overs, while chasing England's 156 but couldn't see his team through as he was castled by Mark Wood in the following over in the first T20I of the three-match series at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Thursday.

Shanto smashed eight fours for his 30-ball 51 and one of the major highlights of his knock was that till then he had played only six dots. He reached the milestone in 27 balls in the 12th after which the Tigers were at 111 for three, needing 45 runs to win off 48 balls.

Earlier, Bangladesh openers Liton Das and Rony Talukdar got the Tigers off to a flying start but they couldn't prolong their knocks leaving their side at 54 for two at the end of the powerplay  in pursuit of England's 156 in the first T20I against of the three-match against England at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Thursday.

Rony, who smashed four boundaries for his 14-ball 21, was the first to go when he failed to read leg-spinner Adil Rashid's googly that castled the right-handed batter with the score on 33 in the fourth over.

The next over, it was speedster Jofra Archer, whose smart change of pace deceived Liton Das. The right-handed batter tried to play an expansive clip on the onside but ended up skying it to Chris Woakes at mid-on.


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