Tigers out to beat Scotland for a winning start in T20 WC
DHAKA, Oct 16, 2021 (BSS) - Putting behind their disappointing performance
in the warm-up games, Bangladesh are keen to make a winning start to the
Twenty20 World Cup as they take on Scotland tomorrow (Sunday) at Al Amerat
Cricket Ground in Muscat, Oman.
The match starts at 8 PM (Bangladesh Standard) and will be aired live on
Gazi TV and T Sports.
It will be Bangladesh's first match in Group B which looks set to be hotly
contested in the first round of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 as apart
from Bangladesh and Scotland, Oman and Papua New Guinea also battle it out to
qualify for the Super 12.
The teams will play each other once in a round-robin format from 17-21
October, with the top two advancing into the next stage.
Bangladesh qualified by virtue of their world ranking and entered as
favourites to top the group.
Scotland basically are the main opponent of Bangladesh in their Group B of
first round, considering their strength and cricket tradition. They also will
be high on confidence following their win against Netherlands and Namibia in
the two official practice games.
Scotland earlier met Bangladesh just once in this format in 2012 at Hague,
Netherlands and won that game by 34 runs thanks to a 58 ball-100 of Richie
Berrington, who is still a key player of the side.
The Tigers indeed left the country high on confidence, following their
seven wins in the last 10 games against teams like Australia and New Zealand.
Beforehand, they also won a three-match series against Zimbabwe by 2-1 in
Zimbabwe. Even though they won their maiden T20 series against Australia and
New Zealand at home in a designed pitch, the team management argued the
winning spree would keep Bangladesh bolstered psychologically.
This seemed to work well when they crushed Oman A team in a practice game,
putting up score above 200. But after two defeats in ICC organized official
practice games, things look ominous for Bangladesh.
Bangladesh's four-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka though could be defendable,
they looked out-of-sort and jaded in excellent batting pitch against Ireland
before losing it by 33 runs. Ireland put up 177-3 before restricting
Bangladesh to 144-7.
The defeat at the hands of the Irish not only was disappointing but also
is believed to cause a huge mental breakdown.
Apart from Soumya Sarkar and Nurul Hasan Sohan, no batsmen could show
their consistency while in bowling fast bowler Taskin Ahmed only looked like
a bowler to cause some trouble for the batsman in benign pitch. The most
disappointing figure is fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman, who looked like an
ordinary bowler when his cutter and slower delivery didn't work.
Bangladesh will hope that the return of regular Mahmudullah Riyad and ace
allrounder Shakib Al Hasan would bolster their batting and bowling.
Mahmudullah skipped the practice matches due to his back pain while Shakib
was busy with IPL commitments.
Shakib had already joined the team bubble in Oman after the IPL final
which his side Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) lost to Chennai Super Kings.
However the Tigers' stat in T20 cricket is not up to the mark. They so far
played 113 matches and won 41. They had lost a staggering number of 70
matches while two matches fetched no result.
The Tigers so far played 25 matches in the World Cup of this shortest
version of cricket and won just five-four of which came in the qualifying
round. They won only one match against the West Indies in the tournament
Squad: Mahmudullah Riyad (Captain), Naim Sheikh, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das,
Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Shak
Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed,
Mohammad Saifuddin, Shamim Patwari, Rubel Hossain.