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We can now say we have beaten every team: Mehidy Hasan

Last updated on 13 Mar 2023 | 05:50 AM
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We can now say we have beaten every team: Mehidy Hasan

The all-rounder scalped four wickets to bundle out England for 117 runs in the first innings and power Bangaldesh to an emphatic series win

Bangaldesh scripted history at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on March 12 by defeating England by four wickets in the second T20I to take an unassailable 2-0 lead and record a series win against a Test-playing nation in atleast one format. 

After opting to bowl first on a sluggish surface on offer in Mirpur, Bangaldesh picked up wickets at regular intervals to dent England's formidable batting unit early in the innings. 

Mehidy Hasan wreaked havoc for the hosts by scalping four wickets for 12 runs in his quota of four overs to bundle out the opposition for 117 runs in the first innings. 

In the post-match press conference, Mehidy was thrilled with the performance of the side and stated that this win gives him the joy of now beating every Test-playing nation. 

"Every international series is important, and it makes us happy to win against every team. You cannot say that you feel good beating this or that team. You cannot say you feel good beating Australia or New Zealand because we have the same feeling of beating every team," he said, as quoted by Cricbuzz. 

"We all won, and this is a matter of joy, and everyone is happy. Certainly, beating the big team gives us joy, and we won against every team, but one team that we could not win a series against was England. Today we are happy with the T20I series win over England as now we can say we have beaten every team and won the series," he further added. 

Despite being a modest first-innings total, the all-rounder insisted that Shakib Al Hasan stressed on the importance of staying in the present and not get carried away with dominant first-innings heroics. 

"Shakib bhai told us in the dressing room that we don't have to be too happy during the break. Sometimes after restricting a team to 117 runs, a team gets excited, but he made sure we are not doing it as there is nothing to be happy about, and only after winning the game we will enjoy in the dressing room," Mehidy said. 

The 25-year-old also emphasised the fact that Bangaldesh will look to make it 3-0 when the two teams lock horns in the final game on Tuesday, March 14. 

"I am happy to repay the faith kept on me by the team management. We have a very good team and some very good players, and we are not thinking about how to win the match. We are thinking about staying positive and come up with better cricket because we are confident that if we can follow that, the result will fall in place," he concluded. 

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