England Legends captain Kevin Pietersen won the low-scoring match in the Road Safety World Series T20 against Bangladesh Legends at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh Stadium in Raipur on Sunday. Pietersen gave England a target of 114 runs with 36 balls to chase a target of 114 runs. In his entertaining knock, Peterson hit seven fours and a six. Darren Maddy scored an unbeaten 32 off 117 in 14 overs.
Earlier, the England bowlers had a strong performance as they restricted Bangladesh to a low score of 113 for five in 20 overs. Captain Kevin Pietersen, who won the toss and was fielded, used seven bowlers to keep the opponents under control. Among England bowlers, seamer Chris Tremlett was the most successful with two wickets for 10 runs, while left-arm spinner Monty Panesar, who bowled the most, was the most economical.
Bangladesh, which suffered their opening defeat with the Indian giants, continued to struggle with the bat. Struggling for shots on a slow wicket, Bangladesh ended up throwing one wicket after another and were down for 55 for five at one stage.
Opener Nazimuddin, who played a crucial 40-run stand for Bangladesh against India, failed to deliver a better performance and was dismissed by left-arm fast bowler Ryan Sidebottom for 12 off 14 balls.
Looking for a partnership, the middle-order lower-order batsmen Khalid Masood and Mushfiqur Rahman made a rescue work for the sixth wicket with 56 runs.
Both Masood and Rahman kept a check on their shots and opted to rotate the strike to avoid another collapse.
In the end, Masood had to be retired hurt, scoring 31 not out with the help of three fours off 39 balls, while Rahman hit an unbeaten 30 off 26 balls and four fours of the fence.
Brief Score: Bangladesh Legends 113/5 (Khalid Mashud 31 Reit Chote, Mushfiqur Rahman 30 *; Chris Tremlett 2/10); England Legends 117/3 (Kevin Peterson 42, Darren Maddy 32 *, Phil Mustard 27, Mohammed Rafiq 2/31).
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