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Bangladesh face off USA to fine-tune for T20 WC

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Published: 19:57, 20 May 2024

Bangladesh face off USA to fine-tune for T20 WC

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Bangladesh will have the last opportunity to fine tune for their T20 World Cup campaign when they take on the USA for a three-match series.

The series opening game is tomorrow (Tuesday) at Prairie View Cricket Complex in Huston, Texas.

The match starts at 9 pm as per Bangladesh Time. All of the matches of the series will be held at this venue. 

The second and third match is on May 23 and 25. 

While it’s a three-match series, the two teams will play an official warm-up game again on May 28, also at this venue, meaning they will lock horns four times ahead of the tournament proper.

However, the match has historical value also. 

The first T20 will be the first time the two teams will play against each other in this format.

Since playing their first T20 International in 2006, Bangladesh had already played against 20 teams in this format. USA, the co-host of the T20 World Cup, will be the 21st opponent for Bangladesh.

The USA team is formed with the migrant players, specially there is domination of the Indian origin player.

 But one name will certainly draw the attention and he is none other than Corey Anderson.

Corey Anderson played for New Zealand and was the holder of the fastest ODI ton before South Africa’s AB de Villiers erased his name from the record book. Anderson also played against Bangladesh when he was a regular player of New Zealand.

He migrated to USA and finally made his debut last month.

Seven years ago, Anderson struck 10 sixes in his unbeaten 41-ball 94 against Bangladesh in Mount Maunganui.

It is the most sixes hit against Bangladesh in a T20I innings, and the third-highest strike rate for a 75-plus run knock. 

The other players were no known that much apart from Ali Khan, a right arm fast bowler who played IPL, PSL and several other T20 leagues around the world. Ali Khan was also the part of Khulna Titans in BPL. However like Ali Khan, there are some other players, who have the exposure in top T20 leagues around the world.

Nonetheless, Bangladesh will start as favourite to win all of the matches against USA. 

While Bangladesh will be keen to win all of the matches, at the same time, they will try to fix some issues, which arose during the T20 series against Zimbabwe. Bangladesh though won the series by 4-1, their batting in the powerplay and batting collapse were the issues that haunted them.