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Bangladesh opt to bowl against Scotland

 Sports Desk

 Published: 07:34 PM, 17 October 2021   Updated: 07:54 PM, 17 October 2021

Bangladesh opt to bowl against Scotland

Bangladesh opt to bowl against Scotland

Bangladesh have won the toss and decided to bowl first against Scotland in the second match of the qualifying round of Group B at Oman Cricket Academy Ground, Al Amerat, Oman today. In the day's first game at Al Amerat Oman beat PNG by 10 wickets.

Skipper Mahmudullah said, "We would like to bowl first. Looks like a good wicket, with plenty of runs, but we would like to chase it down, because of the dew. We would like to play the best cricket we can. We got three all-rounders."

Both Bangladesh and Scotland are favorites to progress out of this group. Mahmudullah's men are expected to top the group and qualify for the Super 12 stage. They are coming into the tournament with nine T20I wins in the calendar year, only behind South Africa who have 12.

Bangladesh come into this World Cup on the back of T20 series wins over Australia and New Zealand, but they've quickly been reminded of the magnitude of the challenge that faces them, with defeats in both their warm-up games, against Sri Lanka and Ireland respectively. It'll be quite interesting to see how they do on the pitches in Oman and the UAE, given how spin-friendly some of the home pitches they've played on recently have been.

Scotland, meanwhile, have won both their warm-up games, beating Netherlands and Namibia, and they should be quietly confident going into this game that they'll be competing on an equal footing with their Full-Member opponents.

Bangladesh (Playing XI): Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah(c), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan(w), Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman

Scotland (Playing XI): George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer(c), Matthew Cross(w), Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Josh Davey, Safyaan Sharif, Bradley Wheal