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Tigers in Super 12 with huge victory over PNG

 Sports Correspodent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 07:49 PM, 21 October 2021  

Bangladesh cricket team; File Photo

Bangladesh cricket team; File Photo

Bangladesh has played a memorable match in the T20 World Cup. The Tigers have picked up a huge victory against Papua New Guinea (PNG), making a number of records in both batting and bowling. At the same time, the Super 12 round for the Tigers has almost been confirmed.

Batting first, Bangladesh scored 181 runs in the allotted 20 overs after losing seven wickets in an important match at Al Amerat Cricket Stadium in Oman on Thursday. In reply, PNG was bowled out for 97 runs. The Tigers won by 84 runs.

So far, Bangladesh’s highest total in the T20 World Cup was 180 against Oman in the 2016 T20 World Cup. Now, the Tigers broke their record in this year's T20 World Cup edition.

Besides, the highest margin of victory for the Red-Greens was 54 runs. Mahmudullah Riyad’s team broke that too today. At the same time, it is the biggest victory for Bangladesh in the T20 format.

Although the Super 12 round for the Tigers is almost certain, it is not yet certain in which group Bangladesh will be. This will be confirmed after the last match of the day i.e. the match between Scotland and Oman.

In reply to 182 runs, PNG’s Assad Vala and Lega Siaka opened the innings. In the beginning, Saifuddin hit Papua’s batting lineup by returning Siaka, scoring only 5 runs, with LBW. Then Taskin attacked PNG’s batting in the next over - he returned captain Assad Vala to the dressing room in his second ball of the first over.

Shakib Al Hasan came to bowl in the fifth over and took the wicket of Charles Amini who scored 1 run. Simon Atai returned to the dugout in the same over.

PNG lost 7 wickets for just 29 runs in the cannon of Tiger bowlers. Later, Chad Soper handled the disaster by playing an innings of 11 runs. In the end, Kiplin Doriga’s unbeaten 46-run innings only narrowed the losing gap for PNG.

Shakib Al Hasan was the destroyer with the ball that day. He took 4 wickets with only 9 runs in 4 overs. With this, the all-rounder has set a record of being the highest wicket-taker in the T20 World Cup with 39 wickets. Besides, Saifuddin and Taskin Ahmed took two wickets each and Mahedi Hasan took one wicket.

Earlier, Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad decided to bat after winning the toss. Naim Sheikh and Liton Das opened the innings as usual for the team. Naim returned to the dressing room with a duck (O runs) at the beginning of the innings.

After losing Naim’s wicket, Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das took the helm of the team. The two made a partnership of 50. After that, Liton returned to the dugout with 29 runs after playing a bad shot.

Mushfiqur Rahim still could not get out of the bad patch in this match either. He was out for 5 runs.

Shakib Al Hasan, at the other end, was playing quite comfortably, however, the star all-rounder returned to the dressing room after playing aggressively in Assad Vala’s over. Shakib scored 46 off 37 balls.

After his departure, Mahmudullah Riyad launched a counter-attack. He completed his fifty with just 26 balls – which is the fastest in the current edition of the World Cup. However, he went to the pavilion in the next ball.

In the end, Bangladesh got a big collection in the cameo innings of Afif Hossain’s 21 and Saifuddin’s unbeaten 19 runs.

Kabua Morea, Damien Ravu and Assad Vala took two wickets each for Papua New Guinea.