ICC World T20 2021, BAN vs SCO: Scotland upsets Bangladesh by 6 runs
Scotland pulled off the first upset of the ICC World T20 2021 on the tournament's opening day, handing a six-run defeat to Bangladesh in the Group B Qualifiers.
It was a shocking moment and a reality check for Bangladesh after being handed a six-run defeat by Scotland in Qualifier 2 of Group B in the ICC World T20 2021 at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Ministry Turf 1) in Muscat on Sunday. As a result, Bangladesh will now have to be extra cautious in the remaining games of the Qualifiers.
Winning the toss, Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah opted to bowl, as Scotland was off to a shaky start, losing Kyle Coetzer (0) to Mohammad Saifuddin in the third over, with just five runs on the board. However, it was followed by a 40-run stand between fellow opener George Munsey (29) and Matthew Cross (11) before Mahedi Hasan got rid of the latter in the eight, followed by the former in the same over off the very man, a run later.
By 53, Scotland lost three more, losing Richie Berrington (2), Michael Leask (0) and Calum Macleod (5), successively. However, Chris Greaves (45) and Mark Watt (22) put up a 51-run stand to help Scotland make a massive recovery before Taskin Ahmed dismissed the latter in the 18th.
At 131, Greaves fell to Mustafizur Rahman in the final over, followed by Josh Davey (8), as Scotland finished on 140/9. Bangladesh utilised six bowlers, with Mehedi claiming three, while Shakib Al Hasan was highly economical.
In reply, Bangladesh was off to a nervous start as well, losing openers Soumya Sarkar (5) and Liton Das (5) within the fourth over of the Powerplay, with just 18 runs on the board. However, a 47-run stand ensued between Shakib Al Hasan (20) and Mushfiqur Rahim (38) before the former walked back after falling to Chris Greaves in the 12th, followed by the latter in the 14th to the same man, at 74.
Scotland continued to bowl tight, piling pressure on Bangladesh, as 32 runs later, Afif Hossain (18) departed to Mark Watt in the 18th, while in the 19th over, Nurul Hasan (2) and Mahmudullah (23) fell to Bradley Wheal by 116. With no specialist batters incoming, Bangladesh succumbed to the pressure, losing by six runs.
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Scotland, too, put six bowlers into the attack, with Wheal claiming a three-for, while Watt nailed it with his economy.
Brief scores: Scotland 140/9 (Greaves- 45; Mahedi- 3/19) defeated Bangladesh 134/7 (Rahim- 38; Wheal- 3/24) by six runs.