Scotland sinks Bangladesh in opening World Cup qualifier

October 18, 2021

Scotland have won the first Group B fixture against Bangladesh by six runs at the Al Amerat Cricket Stadium in Muscat today. Bangladesh’s batting effort was largely subdued despite the fact that Scotland managed just 140 for 9 on a surface good for strokeplaying. The lower middle-order was left with too much to do in the end. Needing 32 off the last two overs, Nurul Hasan and Mahmudullah Riyad both departed in the 19th over. Saifuddin struck a four in the second delivery of the 20th over and Mahedi Hasan managed a four and a six off the fourth and fifth delivery but it was too little too late as Bangladesh fell short by six runs, reaching 134 for 7 in 20 overs.
Mushfiqur Rahim top-scored with 38 off 36 balls, but dogged innings from skipper Mahmudullh (23 off 22 balls) and Shakib Al Hasan (20 off 28 balls) meant Bangladesh fell short of the modest target.
Earlier, Chris Greaves made 45 off 28 balls and George Munsey and Mark Watt chipped in with 29 and 22 respectively to take Scotland to 140-9, a total that initially looked below par but ended up being sufficient.
Mahedi Hasan took his career best 3-19 while Shakib took 2-17, which helped him overtake Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga as the highest wicket-taker in T20 internationals with 108 wickets.

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