England edged past Bangladesh by three wickets in a low-scoring encounter at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur to lead the three-match series, 1-0.
In pursuit of 210 runs on a sluggish surface in Dhaka, Dawid Malan anchored the run chase with a sublime 114 off 145 deliveries studded with eight boundaries and four massive sixes to power England over the line in a nervy game.
The southpaw credited the experience of playing in the Dhaka Premier League and learning to adapt to different situations as the key to his success in the first outing.
The visiting side were tottering at 161 for the loss of seven wickets before Malan found an able partner in Adil Rashid. The duo forged an unbeaten 51-run stand for the eighth wicket to guide England to a three-wicket win.
"The more you can play in different conditions, the more your game grows. Whether you are successful in the past or not, it is just great to learn in different conditions. I have had some experience here. It is not the easiest wicket to start on. It is to trust the method to get through the tough times and cash in towards the end, especially when it gets dewy," Malan said, as quoted by Cricbuzz.
"Here, the wickets are skiddy during the day. It gets better as the game goes on and gets slower in the evening. I had to learn to play spin in a different way than I played in England. It helped my game progress massively before the franchise stuff happened. It was a massive help," he further added.
Najumul Hossain Shanto, who played a lone battle for Bangladesh in the first innings with a fighting 58-run knock, felt they were 20 runs short, resulting in Bangladesh losing the game.
"They lost five wickets for 100 runs, and if we could have bowled well afterwards, I think it was possible to win the game from that point. I think 240 was a good score on this wicket, but we failed to score. If we could do that, it would have helped the bowlers.
I think we were short by 20 to 30 runs when we ended the innings. The way we started our bowling by reducing them to 100 for five, I think we made a good comeback. If we could have bowled better in the end, we could have ended the game on a better note," he concluded.