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29-Mar-2023 16:34:00 GMT
Ban vs Ire - 2nd T20I, Chattogram

Litton Das breaks 16-year-old Bangladesh record

Bangladesh 202 for 3 (Litton 83, Rony 44, White 2-28) beat Ireland 125 for 9 (Campher 50, Shakib 5-22, Taskin 3-27) by 77 runs

Chattogram: Bangladesh opener Litton Das produced a stunning knock in Chattogram in the rain-shortened second T20I against Ireland.

Put in to bat, Litton Das had a lucky reprieve in the fourth over when George Dockrell shelled a catch in the deep off Mark Adair and conceded a six. Das followed it up with back-to-back boundaries and never looked back from there.

In the next over, he hit Fionn Hand for two fours and a six to edge close to a fifty. He completed the half-century next over off a mere 18 balls, making it the fastest fifty by a Bangladesh player in T20Is.

Mohammad Ashraful had hit a 20-ball fifty for Bangladesh against West Indies in the inaugural ICC Men's T20 World Cup in South Africa, then a record for Bangladesh.

Das himself came close to breaking the record last year when he made a 21-ball fifty against India in Adelaide in the Men's T20 World Cup Down Under.

At the other end, Rony Talukdar offered Das good company, racing to 40 off 19 balls with two sixes in the Gareth Delany over.

Like with the first T20I, the Bangladesh openers once again set the tone with a fiery stand. On Monday, the duo had put on 81 in the Powerplay overs, the highest score for them in the first six overs in T20Is.

Here, they nearly matched the feat with 73 runs coming in the first six overs. Das eventually fell for 83 off just 41 balls, edging a delivery from Benjamin White to the wicketkeeper.

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