Scrappy Bangladesh stay alive in T20 World Cup with 26-run win over Oman
Bangladesh kept their hopes of advancing to Super 12s stage alive with a nervy 26-run win over co-hosts Oman in their Group B match of the T20 World Cup here on Tuesday.Opener Mohammad Naim struck a fine half-century to help Bangladesh set a 154-run target before bowlers led by star pacer Mustafizur Rahman 436 restricted Oman to 127 for 9.Both Oman and Bangladesh now have one win each, and will be vying for the only remaining spot to qualify for the Super 12 stage.
Both Oman and Bangladesh now have one win each, and will be vying for the only remaining spot to qualify for the Super 12 stage. Scotland, who beat Papua New Guinea earlier in the day, have already qualified from the group.
Like Oman, Bangladesh were also guilty of dropping catches. But under tremendous pressure, they held their nerves and thanks to some astute captaincy by skipper Mahmudullah and the spinners Shakib Al Hasan and Mahedi Hasan they were able to make a strong comeback.
Left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman took four wickets. Oman needed 54 runs in the last five overs. But with the boundaries drying up and the required run rate continuously increasing, Oman batters became desperate and went for the big shots, losing their wickets in the process.
Dropped catches and sloppy fielding only added to the two batters' increasing confidence.
Naim, playing his first game of the tournament, hit four maximums and three boundaries while Shakib's innings was studded with six fours.
However, a brilliant piece of fielding that saw Aqib Ilyas effect Shakib's run out that saw the spring return in Oman's step.
The co-hosts seized the momentum, snaring six wickets while giving away 41 runs in the last five overs.
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