Bangladesh opener Litton Das registered the fastest half-century in T20I for Bangladesh, which helped the hosts to post 202 runs in the second T20I against Ireland at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, on Wednesday.
Litton got to the landmark score in the fifth over with a single as he broke the record of Mohammad Ashraful, whose 20-ball fifty against West Indies in the 2007 T20 World Cup was the fastest fifty by a Bangladeshi.
Litton did a 41-ball 83-run carnage, which is also his career-best T20I score, was dismissed in the 12th over. Litton also starred in a Bangladesh record 124-run opening stand with Rony Talukdar (44 off 23).
In a game reduced to 17-over-a-side due to rain, Bangladesh amassed 202 for three wickets -- the second time in a row in the series that Bangladesh crossed the 200-run mark. This was also the fifth time that Bangladesh scored more than 200 runs in a T20I game.
Liton scored an 18-ball fifty on way to his career-best T20I score of 41-ball 83. The elegant right-handed opener broke the record of Mohammad Ashraful, whose 20-ball fifty against West Indies in the 2007 T20 World Cup was the fastest fifty by a Bangladeshi before today.
Ireland's bowlers have taken another sound beating today. Arguably, a beating that'll hurt more than the one they received in the previous game. Paul Stirling spoke about doing better when he spoke at the toss but Ireland didn't even get close to doing anything of that sort. Litton Das and Rony Talukdar started off in sublime fashion and Ireland's bowlers looked clueless from the very beginning. They were all over the place and the ball flew to all parts of the ground. Bangladesh's openers put on a century-stand and there was no looking back thereafter despite Ireland making a few inroads. Shakib, who walked in at three, ensured that the momentum stayed with his side. Litton Das, who played some pretty shots, top scored with a 41-ball 83. The only Irish bowler who showed some signs of control was Ben White as he ended up with figures of 2-28 from 4 overs on a day where the opposition batters scored at over 11 an over throughout. Right then, stick around as we'll be back for the chase to see if Ireland can pull a miracle out of the hat and win this one.