Thursday, 02 February 2023

Scotland beat Bangladesh by six runs in world cup qualifier

Scotland beat Bangladesh by six runs in world cup qualifier

Greaves show a brilliant lower-order counterattack with 28 balls 45 as Scotland returns from a terrible pi to post 140 for nine in their first-round Group B opener of the T20 showpiece.

Invited to bat first, Scotland was stagger at 53 for six in the 12th over before Mark Watt 22 off 17 balls, and Greaves added 51 runs to prop up Scotland.

In reply, Team Bangladesh was stopped at 134 for seven in their allotted 20 overs. Greaves returned outstanding figures of 2 wickets for 19 runs in three overs, including the vital wickets of star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim.

This is Scotland's second win in a T20 World Cup, and the first win came in the 2016 edition of a tournament against Team Hong Kong.

Needing 24 runs in the final over bowled by medium-pacer bowler Safyaan Sharif (0/26), Mahedi Hasan was on 13 not out, and Mohammed Saifuddin was on five not out could not be done the thing.

Medium-pacer Brad Wheal of Scotland, 3wicket for 24 runs in four overs, and Greaves Scotland leg-spinner were the ball performers, Josh Davey took 1/24, and Mark Watt took 1/19 provided enough assist.

Watt also followed up on performance with the bat with a superb bowling show.

Captian Mahmudullah (23) and Afif Hossain (18) kept Bangladesh in the hunt with innovative shots. Left-hander Hossain went for a big one-off left-arm spinner Watt only to see Davey take a catch in the deep.

The Bangladesh batsmen did not have it easy against a good Scotland attack. Soumya Sarkar went for a big shot and failed to clear the fielder to leave Bangladesh at 8 for one.

Liton Das, too, did not last too long, falling to a slower one from Wheal.

The experienced duo of Shakib helped Mushfiqur add 47 runs for the third wicket partnership before mis-hit a half-tracker from Greaves for McLeod to run in and take a good catch.

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Rahim, another of the team's substantial experienced players, opened up after a period of consolidation and hit two splendid sixes.

He looked to be in control before a try scoop shot off a good length delivery from Greaves saw his leg-stump removed back to put Bangladesh in a spot of bother.

Earlier, Scotland was off to the worst start as they lost captain Kyle Coetzer on 0 to Saifuddin took a wicket with just five runs on the scoreboard in the third over.

The duo spinners of Shakib and Mahedi Hasan took over and added to Scotland's woes. Hasan picked two wickets in his first over as he dismissed wicketkeeper Matthew Cross on 11 and George Munsey on 29 after the two had added 40 runs for the second wicket partnership.

After a good display by Bangladesh bowlers in the power play, they restricted Scotland to 39 for one in the first six overs.

Shakib joined by scene after getting clear of Richie Berrington out for two and Michael Leask on 0 to leave Scotland, staggering at 52 for five, which became 53 for six when Mehdi picked up his third wicket in the form of Calum MacLeod on 5.

Greaves, who hits four fours and two sixes, then came to rescue with his runs to propel Scotland.

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