Chris Greaves leads charge as Scotland stuns Bangladesh in T20 World Cup
Muscat – Chris Greaves performed a starring position as Scotland shocked Bangladesh with a six-run win on the opening day of the Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday.
Greaves’ 28-ball 45 guided Scotland to 140-9 and he then took two key wickets along with his leg spin to carry Bangladesh to 134-7 of their first-round match in Muscat.
Greaves, who earlier rescued Scotland from 53-6 along with his batting, despatched again Shakib Al Hasan, for 20, and Mushfiqur Rahim, for 38 to dent Bangladesh’s chase.
Tempo bowler Brad Wheal returned figures of 3-24 as world No. 6 Bangladesh suffered an early setback in its struggle to make the Tremendous 12 stage.
“We’ve obtained an enormous perception in our squad, and any participant coming in has the power to hit the ball over the ropes, as Chris Greaves and Josh Davey on the finish confirmed,” Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer mentioned after the win.
“It simply exhibits we are able to win a sport from anyplace. We consider much more now that we are able to carry on pushing and difficult groups.”
Scotland is second in Group B, simply behind host Oman, which thrashed Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets earlier within the day.
The highest two groups will advance into the following stage and be a part of the heavyweights within the seventh version of T20’s international showpiece.
Bangladesh spinners Mahedi Hasan and Shakib justified their captain’s choice of bowling first by taking common wickets, however Greaves gave Scotland essential runs along with his late cameo of 45.
Scotland tried to rebuild after dropping Coetzer for nought, however Mahedi struck twice in an over to ship again Matthew Cross, for 11, and opener George Munsey, for 29.
Shakib joined forces with one other double strike and his wicket of Michael Leask for nought moved him previous Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga because the main wicket-taker in T20 internationals.
Shakib, who’s the one participant to realize a T20 double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets, returned figures of 2-17 whereas Mahedi was the wrecker-in-chief with 3-19.
Greaves, batting at quantity seven, hit again with 4 fours and two sixes as Scotland plundered 53 runs from the final 30 deliveries.
“Bowlers did their job very well however the batting unit wasn’t adequate,” mentioned Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad.
“Credit score goes to their batters, that they had a great end. We nonetheless should be optimistic and determine the place we made errors, and check out to not repeat them.”
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