Al Amarat (Oman)
The Scotland cricket team made a big upset by defeating Bangladesh (Scotland vs Bangladesh) on the very first day of the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier match. In the second match of Group B played on Sunday, Scotland started with a bang by defeating Bangladesh by 6 runs. With this win, Scotland got a full 2 points. Chasing the target of 141 runs set by Scotland, Bangladesh’s team could only manage 134 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs.
Bangladesh could not overcome the pressure
The Scottish pacers bowled extremely tightly and took the wickets of both openers Soumya Sarkar (five) and Litton Das (five) to put Bangladesh under pressure from which they could not recover till the end.
Scored 25 for 2 in the powerplay
Alam was that Bangladesh could reach only 25 runs for two wickets in the powerplay. Rahim and Shakib, two of Bangladesh’s most experienced players, took the lead in grooming the innings. Both of them shared a 47-run partnership but spent 46 balls for this, which increased the pressure on the team. Rahim took the score to 50 runs in the ninth over by hitting two consecutive sixes on Michael Leask, but Greaves showed greatness as soon as he grabbed the ball and sent both of them out and sent Bangladesh on the backfoot. Callum McLeod ran off the first ball of Greaves and took a beautiful catch of Shakib. This leg-spinner bowled Rahim on the googly in the next over. He would also have got the wicket of Afif Hossain (18 off 12 balls) but Michael Krauss dropped his catch.
Captain Mahmudullah and Mehdi could only close the margin of defeat
Left-arm spinner Watt did not allow him to last long. Captain Mahmudullah (23) and Mehdi Hasan (13 not out) could only close the margin of defeat. Bradley Wheels took 3 wickets for Scotland while Chris Greaves took 2 wickets. Josh Dewey and Mark Waite took a hunt each.
Scotland scored 140 runs for 9 wickets
Earlier, playing his second match, a stormy innings from Chris Greaves helped Scotland overcome a difficult period of losing five wickets in the middle of eight runs to make a challenging score of 140 for 9.
At one point Scotland’s team had lost 6 wickets for 53 runs.
Batting first after losing the toss, Scotland were struggling at 53 for six despite opener George Munsey’s 29 runs at one point but Greaves (45 off 28 balls, four fours, two sixes) stunned Mark Watt (17). 22 runs off balls) with a partnership of 51 runs.
Mehdi Hassan took 3 wickets
For Bangladesh, spinner Mehdi Hasan took three for 19, while Shakib Al Hasan (2 for 17) and fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman (2 for 32) took two wickets each.
Scotland’s top order shattered in front of Bangladeshi spinners
Scotland’s top and middle order fell apart in front of the experienced Bangladesh spinners. Fast bowler Mohammad Saifuddin took the first wicket by bowling captain Kyle Coetzer. Munshe then went on to hit some lucrative shots which included sixes on Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur. Scotland’s score was 39 for one till the powerplay and they looked in good shape but after that the spinners took the ball and then the whole story changed. Scotland lost five wickets in eight runs. When Shakib created pressure, Mehdi bowled Manji in his first over itself after lbw out Matthew Krauss (11). Shakib then shook Scotland’s middle order by dismissing Richie Barrington (2) and Michael Leask (nil) while Mehdi ended a struggling innings by veteran Callum McLeod (five off 14 balls).
Shakib holds the record for most wickets in T20 Internationals
Shakib held the record of Lasith Malinga (107) for taking the most wickets in T20 Internationals by taking the wicket of Lisk. Greaves, however, did not let the spinners dominate himself. His six, which was hit by a reverse sweep on Mehdi, was visible. Taskin Ahmed ended his half-century partnership with Watt but Greaves hit two fours and a six in the next three balls. Mustafizur got him caught at deep square leg in the last over of the innings.
[Attribution to NBT]