Scotland basked in the glory of defeating the sixth-ranked team in the T20 ranking

Scotland basked in the glory of defeating the sixth-ranked team in the T20 ranking

Bangladesh met disaster in their opening game of the T20 World Cup, losing to associate member team Scotland by six runs at Al Amerat International Stadium Sunday.

Scotland basked in the glory of defeating the sixth-ranked team in the T20 ranking and triggered worries in the Bangladesh camp for the remaining phase of the tournament.

Once again, the trouble for Bangladesh was with the opening stand, this time comprising Soumya Sarkar and Liton Das, which was compounded further by the loss of wickets at crucial moments, and eventually resulting in an epic Scotland victory.

Bangladesh went to the world event on a high with series wins against Zimbabwe, Australia and New Zealand.

There were question marks though over the manner of the wins, especially against Australia and New Zealand at home.

But members of the Bangladesh team had always defended their ways and claimed there were no worries in the camp, even after the twin defeats in the official practice matches.

Bangladesh against Scotland were set to chase 141 and the surface at the Al Amerat was good to bat on. 

But that was not capitalized as Liton and Soumya departed scoring five each, leaving the team reeling on 18 for two in 3.3 overs.

Experienced campaigners Shakib al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim took a rather cautious approach and when the duo did press on the gas, they gave away their respective wickets.

Shakib, who looked tired in the game, got dismissed for a 28-ball 20 to break the third wicket stand on 47 off 46.

Right-handed batsman Mushfiq looked better in the game compared to the recent past but just when he needed to stay in the middle, his premeditation went wrong.

A good length ball on the stumps, Mushfiq wanted to scoop over fine leg but went too far across the stumps, and missed the googly to see the leg stump knocked back.

His innings ended on a 36-ball 38.

Quick departure of the duo meant Bangladesh were four down in 13.1 overs with 74 on the board.

The team needed 67 off the last 41 deliveries but misfiring captain Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain and Nurul Hasan fell prey to Scotland’s best laid plans.

Bangladesh needed 32 off the last 12 balls and hope was alive with Mahmudullah and Nurul batting in the middle.

However, Scotland pacer Brad Wheal had other plans in mind as he first dismissed Nurul in the second ball of the over – caught on the ropes scoring just two.

A couple of deliveries later Mahmudullah was on his way to the dressing room with all hopes crushed.

The Bangladesh captain added a 22-ball 23 to the tally before getting caught at the long-on boundary.

With Mahedi Hasan in at No 8 and Saifuddin on the other end, Bangladesh needed 25 off the last seven deliveries.

The duo lived to their hard hitting abilities with Saifuddin fetching the first boundary in the last over while Mahedi got a six and a four to close the game, but it was not enough.

The occasion was the second time Bangladesh had met Scotland in the format.

Bangladesh had lost the first game too, in 2012, by 34 runs in Ireland.

Bangladesh had started the game with momentum after choosing  to bowl upon winning the toss.

The pacers in Mustafizur Rahman, Saifuddin and Taskin Ahmed made good use of the early condition and kept the opponents under control.

Five of the top six batters went back to the dressing room but the situation was recovered by the seventh wicket stand between Chris Greaves and Mark Watt.

The duo added 51 off 34 before Mustafizur removed Greaves for 45 off 28.

Shakib and Mahedi jointly picked up five wickets with the latter leading the Bangladesh bowling chart with three scalps.

Bangladesh in their second game of the tournament will meet hosts Oman at the same venue Tuesday and will at any cost look to avoid a defeat.

A team will need at least two wins to get through to the main event of the tournament.

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