Chris Greaves’ incredible efficiency with bat and ball powered Scotland to a six-run victory in opposition to favourites Bangladesh in Muscat, Oman, on Sunday.
After dropping skipper Kyle Coetzer for a duck, Scotland rallied to 45-1 due to a number of muscular George Munsey boundaries however spinners Shakib Al Hasan and Mahedi Hasan ripped by means of the highest order, decreasing them to 53-6 earlier than Chris Greaves’ 45 helped them race to 140.
Bangladesh misplaced each openers cheaply however Shakib (20 off 27) and Mushfiqur Rahim (38 from 36) consolidated earlier than each fell to Greaves.
Captain Mahmudullah (23 from 22) and Afif Hossain (18 from 12) saved their facet within the sport however Scotland’s composed work within the subject noticed them squeeze their opponents out to a well-deserved win.
Bangladesh started brightly, with good management of size stymying Scotland’s hopes of a quick begin. Maybe beneath strain from a number of animated appeals and swings-and-misses, captain Coetzer did not jab his bat down in time to maintain out a Mohammad Saifuddin yorker and departed for zero.
Early within the fourth over, Munsey obtained a reprieve, skying a shot to the boundary earlier than Shakib shelled a difficult catch over the rope for a most. With a no ball referred to as, Scotland ran two off the free hit, successfully turning a possible wicket into eight runs. That might show expensive.
Hasan took two wickets in simply 4 balls, dismissing Mat Cross (11 from 17) and George Munsey (29 from 23) with intelligent variations, earlier than two extra wickets in three Shakib deliveries noticed the wily all-rounder overtake Lasith Malinga as the very best T20 worldwide wicket-taker of all time.
Greaves (45 from 28) and Mark Watt (22 from 17) then steadied the ship, recording a partnership of 51 to assist Scotland attain 140 on the finish of the innings.
Scotland’s tempo assault of Brad Wheal, Josh Davey and Safyaan Sharif regarded threatening early on, limiting Bangladesh to simply 25-2 after the six-over powerplay, with Munsey taking two early catches to dismiss each opening batters for simply 5.
Mushfiqur was given a reprieve on simply 1 when Davey jagged a fast one into his pads however though Scotland’s overview confirmed the ball clipping the bails, the pint-sized veteran survived on umpire’s name and accelerated from there, walloping Michael Leask for successive sixes to ignite the chase.
Shakib did not pay money for a short-pitched lengthy hop from part-time leg-spinner Greaves, departing for 20, earlier than Mushfiqur fell to the identical determine as he did not flick a googly over the wicketkeeper and noticed his bails dislodged.
Mahmudullah and Hossain hit a few crowd-stirring photographs to the rope, however Davey, Wheal and Mark Watt stifled the batters, taking common wickets as a number of final-over boundaries gave a maybe unrealistic impression of a good end, Bangladesh ultimately ending six runs quick.
WHICH PLAYERS STARRED?
Mahedi Hasan – After a number of costly overs from seamers Saifuddin and Mustafizur, captain Mahmudullah turned to his spinners to exert management within the center overs, and they didn’t disappoint, Hasan ending with high quality figures of 3-19.
Shakib Al Hasan – What else are you able to say about Shakib? A miserly 2-17 with the ball, a helpful 20 with the bat and holding onto a troublesome catch to dismiss Greaves demonstrates his match-winning capabilities in all disciplines. He’ll remorse that dropped catch although!
Chris Greaves – The 31-year-old began his innings alongside one other new batter in Mark Watt and with the workforce in hassle at 53-6.
However he accrued a measured 45 and anchored the decrease order till the ultimate over to assist in giving his facet one thing cheap to defend. He additionally took the important thing wickets of Shakib and Mushfiqur. The person-of-the-match.
Mushfiqur Rahim – He might have survived a scare on 1 however hit a nerveless 38 to depart his facet in a superb place. Nonetheless, he’ll most likely be dissatisfied with the style of his dismissal.
Mark Watt – The stocky left-armer supported Greaves properly with 22 off 17 from his bat, with economical figures of 1-19 simply reward for his bowling. Wheal, who took three wickets at key instances, additionally deserves a point out.
CATCH OF THE MATCH
Hossain took a corker on the boundary, serving to ship Richie Berrington again to the altering rooms.
Berrington slammed a shot excessive in the direction of long-on, maybe not catching the ball as cleanly as he would have appreciated, giving Hossain a chance to take the catch.
Again-pedalling in the direction of the boundary, he pouched the ball, realised his backward momentum would take him over the rope and cleverly threw the ball again in subject earlier than leaping out, leaping again in and snaffling the catch on the second try.
Calum MacLeod repeated the trick to dismiss Nurul Hasan, and his sprinting catch to ship Shakib packing runs Hossain shut, too.
Group A will get happening Monday with Eire – making their sixth look on the T20 World Cup – taking up Netherlands from 11am after which 2014 champions Sri Lanka assembly debutants Namibia from 3pm.
Sri Lanka’s slide down the T20I rankings means they’ve needed to enter the primary spherical, relatively than attaining direct entry to the Tremendous 12 stage alongside England, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan.
Each Scotland and Bangladesh are again underway on Tuesday, with Scotland dealing with Papua New Guinea at 11am BST, whereas Bangladesh come up in opposition to Oman at 3pm BST within the afternoon.
Watch the T20 World Cup dwell on Sky between now and November 14. Eire face Netherlands from 10.30am on Monday on Sky Sports activities Cricket, with Sri Lanka vs Namibia following from 2.30pm on Sky Sports activities Combine.