The Group B of the T20 World Cup saw Scotland and Bangladesh win on Tuesday. The Scots, with their second consecutive win, are close to Super 12 while Bangladesh will play Papua New Guinea to finish top two in the table on Thursday.
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Scotland Thump P.N.G
After beating Bangladesh in the first match by 6 runs, Scotland maintained their winning momentum after defeating Papua New Guinea by 17 runs.
Batting first, the Scots put 165-9 on the board in 20 0vers, with Richie Berrington scoring a brilliant 70 off 49 while Matthew Cross added 45 runs. That said, five of the nine wickets they lost went for single digits – including two duck outs.
P.N.G responded well by reaching 148 runs all out and could have gone the distance if they had some support from their opening-order batsmen. It was their middle-order in the likes of Sese Bau and Norman Vanua that added some fight to the chase, adding 71 runs between them.
Kiplin Doriga and Chad Soper also had a brief cameo, scoring 18 and 16 runs respectively.
However, it wasn’t enough as Papua New Guinea ended the inning with 148, all out. For Scotland, Josh Davey got 4 wickets to his name.
Bangladesh Survive Oman Scare
Bangladesh also had a good day after beating Oman by 26 runs.
Batting first, the Tigers posted 153 runs although, they lost all 10 wickets. It was Mohammad Naim’s 64 and Shakib Al Hasan’s 42 runs that helped Bangladesh put a decent score. Every other player who came on the pitch – except for Mahmudullah – scored less than 7 runs.
Oman started the chase well and looked a bit in control, at least for the first half of their inning.
They managed to reach 81-3 in 11.2 overs but after that, their inning soon collapsed like a house of cards. After a few dull overs, Oman lost two wickets each in the 17th and 18th overs, effectively handing the match to the visitors.
Credit where it’s due, Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan took 7 wickets between them to trouble the hosts. They managed to restrict Oman to 127-9 and won the match by 26 runs.
Despite this, Bangladesh are third in the Group A table – right below Oman – owing to an NRR of 0.5. Scotland lead the table with 4 points.
For Bangladesh to reach the Super 12, they will need to beat P.N.G by a huge margin and hope that Scotland beat Oman on Thursday. Otherwise, the equation reduces to which team has a superior net run rate.