Scotland upset Bangladesh with tense win after fighting back from 53-6 at T20 World Cup


Muscat: Scotland began their 2021 T20 World Cup campaign with a major upset by beating Bangladesh by 6 runs inMatch 2 of the showpiece event. Scotland upset Bangladesh with a tense six-run win in the first round of group matches at the men’s Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday (Monday NZ time).

The Scots successfully defended 140-9 after being sent into bat, recovering from 53-6 in the 12th over, and then limiting Bangladesh to 134-7 in Muscat, Oman.

Chris Greaves blasted 45 off 28 balls as Scotland finished strongly with the bat to post a competitive total, with a crucial 53 runs coming from their last five overs. Bangladesh’s chase faltered once Shakib Al Hasan (20) and Mushfiqur Rahim (38) were dismissed in the 12th and 14th overs respectively. Greaves removed both, finishing with 2-19 from his three overs with the ball, and was named player of the match. The two nations are competing in the two groups of four teams hoping to progress to the Super 12 stage with the elite of the international game. The top two from each group qualify.

Bangladesh were strong favourites to win group B but will have to beat Oman and Papua New Guinea to ensure they advance to the Super 12.

They had beaten weakened Australia and Black Caps teams in warm-up matches but suffered a setback in their World Cup opener. Needing 37 from 18 balls, veteran skipper Mahmudullah and Mahedi Hasan hit respective sixes in the final overs to set up a tense finish.

However, the former’s departure for 22 with seven balls left dented Bangladesh’s hopes of a late victory charge, although they were still in the contest with two balls remaining, needing two sixes, which Mahedi couldn’t hit.

Leading Scottish bowler Brad Wheal had Mahmudullah caught in the deep by Callum McLeod in his haul of 3-24 from his four overs. Meanwhile, Oman openers Jatinder Singh and Aqib Ilyas smashed unbeaten half centuries as the co-hosts thumped debutants Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets in the other group B match.

Singh scored 73 off 42 balls and Ilyas made 50 that eased Oman to 131-0 with more than six overs to spare.

Earlier, skipper Zeeshan Ashraf (4-20) registered Oman’s best figures in a T20 and pinned down PNG to 129-9

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