Anderson, Harmeet help USA stun Bangladesh in first T20I

Corey Anderson
Corey Anderson smashed an unbeaten 34. Photo: X@usacricket

Helped by a burly batsman from New Zealand and a former India junior, the United States of America (USA) savoured a confidence-boosting, five-wicket win over Bangladesh in the opening Twenty20 International (T20I) on Tuesday, just over a week out from co-hosting the T20 World Cup.

Batting all-rounder Corey Anderson, who played 13 Tests and over 80 white-ball matches for New Zealand, clobbered an unbeaten 34 to help the US chase down Bangladesh's 153/6 with three balls to spare in Prairie View, Texas.

Harmeet Singh, who played under-19 cricket for India, joined Anderson in a match-winning, unbeaten 62-run partnership, finishing 33 not out after hammering three sixes. The hosts lead 1-0 in the three-match series.

It was only the US's second win over a top-tier, ICC Full Member nation in T20s, coming two-and-a-half years after their first against Ireland in 2021.

Ranked 19th in T20 cricket, the Monank Patel-captained US have little chance of advancing beyond the group stage at the 20-nation World Cup co-hosted with the West Indies.

However, the upset in the series-opener against the south Asians raises hopes the Americans will not be embarrassed in front of home fans.

The US ease into the T20 World Cup against fellow cricketing minnows Canada in Dallas on June 1.

Matches against global titans Pakistan and India then follow before the US play Ireland in their final match of the group phase.

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