Chasing 157, the versatile Shakib Al Hasan beat Bangladesh at home in 18 overs with a limit chris jordan stay 34 steps outside.
At bat, Jos Buttler (67) and Phil Salt (38) forged an opening wicket of 80 runs to lay a good foundation for England to post a big tally. But England crumbled after Buttler’s fourth wicket was dismissed and managed just 21 runs in the last five overs to be limited at 156/6.
Hasan Mahmud was the bowlers’ choice for Bangladesh as he took two wickets, while four of his teammates took one wicket each.
After a brief opening position between Litton Das and Rony Talukdar, Shanto (51) combined with debutant Towhid Hridoy for 65 carries to give Bangladesh some momentum but the pair were then fired in back-to-back overs as the pursuit was in danger of being derailed.
Shakib, who was the hero of Bangladesh’s one-day international win over England earlier this week, came to their rescue once again, scoring 34 from 24 in a quiet shot under pressure to secure the first-ever victory of his team in T20I against England.
“The way we approached the game was fantastic, under pressure in the first ten overs, but nobody panicked. We stuck to the plans,” Shakib said.
“In T20, when you don’t think too much, you tend to play well. Hopefully we can keep that in the dressing room. It’s a good start for the 2024 World Cup in the West Indies.”
The second T20I will be played at Mirpur on Sunday, followed by the third game on Tuesday at the same venue.
(With Reuters entries)