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Scotland stun Bangladesh

Group B favourites fall short by six runs in their opening match


Minnows Scotland registered the first upset of the T20 World Cup 2021 when they edged Group B favourites Bangladesh by six runs at the Al Amerat Stadium on Sunday.

In a thrilling match, Bangladesh needed 18 runs from the last three balls after needing 24 from 6.

Mahedi Hasan hit 6, 4 and 1 to end short at 134 for 7 in 20 overs.

Brad Wheal took 3-24 and Chris Greaves claimed 2-19 for Scotland.

Chasing a decent target of 141 to win, Bangladesh lost their first wicket in the second over when a lofted shot by opener Soumya Sarkar (5) went straight to George Munsey near the boundary off the bowling of Josh Davey.

Liton Das later departed after his mis-timed shot was taken nicely by Munsey at the mid-off in the bowling of Brad Wheal as Bangladesh fell to 18-2 in 3.3 overs.

New batter Mushfiqur Rahim then survived two lbw appeals after both the DRS reviews taken by Scotland were rejected.

Mushfiqur later hit the first six of Bangladesh innings when he swept spinner Michael Leask and repeated the same in the next ball to cheer up the Bangladeshi expatriates present in the stands.

Bangladesh picked up 18 runs from the over to spur up their run-rate and score to 52-2 after nine overs. After 10 overs, Bangladesh were 59 for two and needed 82 runs to win in the next 10 overs.

Shakib al Hasan survived a run-out when Coetzer failed to hit the stumps at his score on 20.

Scotland skipper Coetzer then brought in Chris Greaves and the leg spinner struck in the first ball when Shakib’s tired shot to midwicket boundary ended in the hands of Calum MacLeod. Bangladesh were 65-3 at that stage in 11.1 overs.

Greaves then dealt another blow to Bangladesh when he clean bowled Mushfiqur with a googly for 38 runs when the Tigers needed 67 runs from 41 balls.

After 16 overs, Bangladesh were 92-4, needing 49 from 24 balls.

Last three overs, they needed 37 runs.

Bangladesh lost Afif Hussain for 18 when he holed out to Davey off the bowling of Mark Watt in the 18th over with the score at 106-5.

Nurul Hassan (2) departed in the 19th over when his attempt for six was thwarted by a brilliant on the rope effort by Wheal who threw the ball back to claim the catch.

Captain Mohammad Mahmudullah’s innings ended at 23 when his effort for a straight six ended short with MacLeod taking the catch leaving the team at 7-116.

Earlier, the Bangladesh captain chose to bowl first after winning the toss in the night match.

Scotland made a slow start and lost their first wicket for 5 runs in the third over. Skipper Kyle Coetzer was first to go for naught when he was brilliantly bowled by an inswinging delivery by Bangladesh pacer Mohammad Saifuddin.

Mathew Cross was next to go for 11 runs in the eighth over after lbw to Mehdi Hasan with the score at 45 for two wickets.

Adding another run, Scotland lost their third wicket as a well-set George Munsey was bowled by Mehdi for 29 (23 balls).


Star all-rounder Shakib al Hasan got into the act by taking the wicket of new batter Richie Berrington (2) in the 11th over.

The Scots then had a mini collapse when they lost two more wickets before adding a run. At that stage, Scotland were reeling at 53 for 6 wickets in 11.3 overs.

Michael Leask didn’t trouble the scorers while Calum MacLeod was out for 5. Shakib and Mehdi were the wicket-takers respectively.

Chris Greaves (45) and Mark Watt (22) then made a 51-run partnership in 34 balls to steady the Scottish ship.

Scotland were 104 for 7 wickets after 17 overs.

In the end, Josh Davey and Safyaan Sherif added valuable runs as Scotland scored 140 for nine in their allotted 20 overs.

Earlier, Shakib became the highest wicket-taker in T20Is when he dismissed Leask. The leading all-rounder in T20Is overtook Lasith Malinga’s tally of 107 wickets and ended the match with 108 wickets in 89 T20Is.

Mahedi Hasan was the top bowler for Bangladesh taking 3-19, while Shakib (2-17) and Mustafizur Rahman (2-32) also chipped in well.

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