The Scottish have had a bad history when it comes to qualifying. But, this time their balanced squad has pierced through their competition to reach the Super 12, beating Bangladesh, Oman and PNG. They will now be grouped with the likes of India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan and one more team from Group A.
For Scotland, Davey, Sharif, and Leask shined the brightest in the first innings, taking out the likes of Jatinder Singh, Ilyas, and more.
After the major wickets it became seemingly easy for the Scottish. Limiting Oman to only 122, the match was heading towards the amazing Scotland side. Munsey and Coetser opened the batting for Scotland. They set up the batting pretty well with Coetser scoring 41 and playing the captain’s innings, and Munsey scoring 20 runs. These two were the only wickets Oman could take, as Cross and Berrington got Scotland through with 26 and 31 runs respectively.
Berrington finished things off in style as he drilled a six through deep midwicket to change the luck of the Scottish. It remains to be seen how Scotland can perform against the likes of giants like New Zealand and India.
Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah commented on questions raised about Bangladesh’s “commitment” for the world cup after the loss to Scotland.
Bangladesh, who lost their first match to Scotland shockingly, had to remain 110% focused to beat Oman and PNG to reach the Super 12. Even the Bangladesh Cricket Board president criticized the players, specifically Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushqfir Rahim.
“We all felt bad by each and everything, from all sides,” Mahmudullah said. “We are human, we also have feelings. We have families. Our parents and children sit in front of the TV. They also get upset. Everyone has social media on their phone these days. We expect criticism when it is warranted but if that resorts to being belittled, we feel bad. There were many questions, including about the three senior players’ strike rate.
“Shakib is a champion player for Bangladesh. We are lucky to have a performer like him. But we are not worried about Mushfiq or Mustafiz. We are not losing faith in them, probably people from outside are”, Mahmudullah said.
He continued, “We tried hard, but we didn’t get the result. Everyone makes sacrifices. We play with injuries. Some of us take painkillers every day. Many don’t know about these things, so it is not right to talk about our commitment. I hope we can be more settled now. Within the team, there is positive energy, and for that I thank the whole team. I hope things will get better.”
After Bangladesh defeated Oman last night by a big margin of 26 runs, star player and man of the match, Shakib Al Hasan commented on the team’s morale and plans ahead of their last group stage clash against Papua New Guinea on Thursday. That match will be a ‘do or die’ as Bangladesh sit in 3rd tied with Oman.
“The win is a relief for the team,” Shakib said. “I believe the dressing room will feel a lot better. The defeat to Scotland was definitely disappointing, but they played well. Like Oman did today. We had to work hard to come back into the game. I think Saifuddin and Mahedi bowled really well. Their spells were the turning point of this win. I think they didn’t even concede 30 runs in their eight overs, which really helped us. Credit to both for their bowling.”
Shakib said that Bangladesh is a good side currently and only need to make a few tweaks to strengthen their power play batting line up to score more runs.
“I think we have room for improvement by 20 to 25 runs. We can score 15 runs more in the powerplay, and an additional 10 runs in the last five overs, we can get this done. I think we are capable of improving on this, but we shouldn’t be too worried by it. If we get these extra runs, we can defend a 170-plus score,” he said.
The last time the group stage winners were decided by the last day was when Netherlands scored a whopping 190 in only 14 overs to beat Ireland and book a spot in the World Cup.
Bangladesh, who have both won a game and lost a game, are currently placed in 3rd in their group. Below the likes of Oman and Scotland. Bangladesh would have to win convincingly to have a good chance of reaching the world cup as they stand tied with Oman at this stage. If Oman win their last match, Bangladesh would not only have to win but do it in quick fashion to assure a good net run rate.
The Bangla tigers beat Oman last night to score their first win of the group stage, with Shakib Al Hasan finding his form back after a tiring IPL. Hasan scored 42 runs with the bat, and showed his class with 3 wickets with the ball, a classic all-rounder. Mustafizur Rahman also joined the party with a four wicket haul.
Their power play batting still remains a problem, however, this Bangladesh team seemed to be better balanced and more energetic in all terms as compared to their encounter with Scotland earlier in the group stage.