England Legends started their campaign in the Unacademy Road Safety World Series T20 with a win over Bangladesh Legends at SHaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium on Sunday evening.
After the bowlers restricted Bangladesh to 113, Batsmen did the rest for England who won the match by seven wickets with six over to spare.
England Legends did not hesitate to bowl first after winning the toss and restricted Bangladesh Legends for 113 runs for five.
This was England’s first match of the Series and with this win they have moved to number three in the table with four points. Bangladesh Legends have suffered their second consecutive defeat. The team lost to India Legends in their last match played on March 5.
England legends got off to an explosive start as their openers Phil Mustard (27) and skipper Kevin Pietersen (42) shared 46-run stand in 3.4 overs for the first wicket. However, Alamgir Kabir broke the partnership by getting Mustard out. Mustard hit four fours and a six off 16 balls.
After Mustard was dismissed, Peterson shared a 40-run partnership for the second wicket with Darren Maddy (32 not out) to lead the England Legends to victory. Captain Peterson hit seven fours and a six off 17 balls. Pietersen was bowled by Bangladesh captain Mohammad Rafiq.
Rafiq then sent back Chris Schofield (5) providing third blow to England Legends. Maddy then teamed up with Gavin Hamilton (5 not out) to give England Legends a seven-wicket win. Maddy hit a four and a six off 32 balls.
Captain Mohammed Rafiq took two wickets and Kabir took one wicket from Bangladesh legends.
Earlier, Bangladesh Legends came out to bat first. Both their openers in-form of Nazimuddin (12) and Javed Omar (5) could add 22 runs together in 4.4 overs. Nazimuddin was dismissed by Sidebottom while Omar was dismissed by Chris Tremlett.
Tremlett then dismissed Hannan Sarkar (13). Bangladesh lost three wickets for 37 runs.
Bangladesh Legend’s fifth blow was in the form of Rajin Saleh (5) in 55 overs in 8.1 overs. He was stumped by Chris Schofield. However, Mushfiqur Rahman (30 not out) and Khalid Mashood (31 retired hurt) then shared a 51-run partnership for the sixth wicket to take Bangladesh Legends to 113 for five in their allotted 20 overs.
Mashud hit three fours off 39 balls while Rahman hit four fours off 26 balls.