Scotland stunned Bangladesh by 6 runs in their Group B opener of the T20 World Cup qualifying round here in Oman on Sunday.
Chris Greaves led a fine lower-order fightback with a 28-ball 45 as Scotland recovered from a hopeless situation to post 140/9. Invited to bat, Scotland were reeling at 53/6 in the 12th over before Greaves added 51 runs with Mark Watt (22 off 17 balls) to prop up Scotland.
In reply, Bangladesh were stopped at 134/7 in their allotted quota of 20 overs as the tournament witnessed an upset on the very first day of the mega event.
Greaves played a crucial role with the ball too. After his heroics with the bat, he picked up the important wickets of star all-rounder Shakib-al Hasan (20) and the seasoned Mushfiqur Rahim (38).
Oman too strong
Ludhiana-born Jatinder Singh smashed an unbeaten 73 as co-hosts Oman thrashed Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 10 wickets in the opening Group B match of the day.
Courtesy Jatinder’s 42-ball-knock and his opening partner Aqib Ilyas’s 50 not out off 43 balls, Oman chased down a modest 130-run target in only 13.2 overs.
While Jatinder had seven fours and four sixes in his knock, Aqib’s innings was laced with five boundaries and one hit over the fence.
Earlier, PNG skipper Asad Vala struck a fine half-century but rival captain Zeeshan Maqsood returned with figures of 4/20 with his slow left-arm orthodox spin to restricted the Oceania nation to 129/9.
⚫ Papua New Guinea 129/9 in 20 ovs (Zeeshan Maqsood 4/20). Oman 131/0 in 13.4 ovs (Jatinder Singh 73 n.o.). Oman won by 10 wickets.
⚫ Scotland 140/9 in 20 ovs (Chris Greaves 45; Mahedi Hasan 3/19). Bangladesh 134/7 in 20 ovs (Mushfiqur Rahim 38; Greaves 2/19, Bradley Wheal 3/24).
Scotland won by 6 runs.