Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

Chris Greaves starred with bats and ball as Scotland shocked Bangladesh with a six-race victory on the opening day of the Twenty20 World Cup.

Greaves’ ’28 ball 45 guided Scotland to 140-9, and he then took two key cars with his leg-spin to keep Bangladesh down to 134-7 in today’s second round of the match in Muscat.

Greaves, who had previously saved Scotland from 53-6 with his blow, sent Shakib Al Hasan back to 20 and Mushfiqur Rahim for 38 to get Bangladesh’s chase back.

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Scotland's Chris Greaves celebrates after taking the wicket from Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim.  (Photo by Haitham AL-SHUKAIRI / AFP)
Scotland’s Chris Greaves celebrates after taking the wicket from Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim. (Photo by Haitham AL-SHUKAIRI / AFP)Source: AFP

Tempebowler Brad Wheal returned numbers at 3-24 as world number six in Bangladesh suffered an early setback in their battle to get to the Super 12 stage.

Bangladesh came into the game’s favorites to qualify for Group B Super 12.

Scotland are behind hosts Oman, who beat Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets in the tournament opener, in Group B.

The top two teams advance to the next stage and join the heavyweights in the seventh edition of T20’s biggest prize.

Bangladesh’s winners Mahedi Hasan and Shakib justified their captain’s decision to bowl first by taking regular wickets, but Greaves gave Scotland the decisive run with his late cameo of 45.

Scotland tried to rebuild after losing skipper Kyle Coetzer for nothing, but Mahedi quickly struck twice in an over to send Matthew Cross back to 11 and open George Munsey to 29.

Shakib joined another double strike and his wicket from Michael Leask for nothing got him past Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga as the leading wicket-taker in T20 internationals.

Shakib, the only player to achieve a T20 double in 1000 runs and 100 wickets, returned numbers at 2-17, while Mahedi was the main wrestler with 3-19.

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The Greaves, who struck at number seven, struck back with four fours and two sixes in their stroke with 28 balls as Scotland plundered 53 runs from the last 30 deliveries.

In response, Bangladesh lost their openers early before Shakib and Mushfiqur added 47 runs to the third wicket to bring the chase back on track.

Greaves broke the stand with his first ball, got Shakib caught at the boundary and then bowled Mushfiqar at the start of his second pass.

Wheal rattled the middle order with key strikes, including skipper Mahmudullah Riyad to 23, and even a late outburst of Mahedi could not take Bangladesh across the line.

OMAN CRUSH PNG AS A SKIPER STAR

Earlier, Oman gave Papua New Guinea a 10-wicket route when the Twenty20 World Cup, which was moved from India due to Covid-19, got underway.

Omani skipper Zeeshan Maqsood returned numbers of 4-20, which included three in an over, as tournament debutants PNG fought to 129 for nine.

With that, he became the first captain with a four-wicket move in the men’s Twenty20 World Cup since Daniel Vettori in 2007.

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Openers Aqib Ilyas (50 from 43 balls) and Jatinder Singh (73 from 42) then patted the PNG bowlers around the ground without getting divorced to steer Oman home with 6.2 overs to spare.

PNG captain Assad Vala, who made 56 of 43 balls, and Charles Amini, who smashed 37, had briefly given their team hope with an attacking third-party partnership of 81.

“They hit very well when I got wickets. And because we got wickets, they could not put a large sum on, ”said Maqsood.

Maqsood sent Norman Vanua, Sese Bau and Kiplin Doriga back over five deliveries and later took one more when PNG, who at one point had been 2-0, collapsed from 102-3.

“It was not a good start with bats losing two wickets without running,” Vala said.

Ireland, Namibia, the Netherlands and 2014 champions Sri Lanka join the match on Monday.

The eight teams in the first round of qualifying are chasing four places in the Super 12 round-robin phase.

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England, Australia, South Africa, defending champions Caribbean, India, Pakistan, New Zealand and Afghanistan await with all matches in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

The top four then advance to the semi-finals before the final in Dubai on November 14.

There is plenty at stake. A place in the next round guarantees a place in the T20 World Cup in 2022 in Australia in 2022.

There is also a financial incentive. Teams leaving the first hurdle take home a modest $ 40,000.

The eventual champions pocket a $ 1.6 million winning check. Bangladesh have only won one tournament since 2007, but with a world ranking of six, it will be very fantastic to advance to the second round.

They enter the tournament with home wins over Australia, New Zealand and Zimbabwe under their belts.

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