Dhaka: Bangladesh wrapped up the three-match T20 series against England with a game to spare as Mehidy Hasan claimed a career-best 4-12 and added a crucial 20-run knock to secure a four-wicket victory over the tourists on Sunday.
Bangladesh held England to a lowly 117 in 20 overs, before knocking off the target with seven balls to spare, reaching 120-6.
Najmul Hossain, who was instrumental in the six-wicket victory in the first match with a 30-ball 51, was not out on 46, helping the home side stay in the contest despite England bowlers making inroads at regular intervals.
Fast bowler Jofra Archer gave England a flicker of hope, claiming 3-13 but Najmul held his nerve.
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Bangladesh lost both openers — Liton Das and Rony Talukdar — while chasing the moderate target for just 27 runs.
Later, Najmul held one end with confidence but the chase didn’t get going in earnest until Mehidy struck two sixes as part of his 16- ball 20.
Archer removed him with a slower delivery and then delivered a ball that clocked 92 mph to rattle the stump of Afif Hossain.
In between, Moeen Ali claimed the wicket of skipper Shakib Al Hasan as Bangladesh was left at 100-6 in the 18th over.
England appeared to be on course to save the game, sensing an unlikely victory, but Najmul and Taskin Ahmed hit three boundaries off Chris Jordan’s first over of the day to close out the contest.
Taskin who hit the winning boundary was not out on 8.
Earlier, he got the Bangladesh attack off the mark, removing Dawid Malan after England was put into bat first.
Shakib got the better of Phil Salt who started well before his progress was halted, having reached a 19-ball 25.
But the crucial breakthrough came when pacer Hasan Mahmud bowled skipper Jos Buttler (4) with a searing delivery.
Mehidy got into the act to end Ben Duckett’s resistance. Duckett reached a team-high 28 as Mehidy ripped through England’s middle order.
The third and final T20 is on Tuesday.