Scrappy Bangladesh get their first win
Bangladesh beat Oman by 26 runs in their second game courtesy of an all round performance from their star player, Shakib Al Hasan.
It was a game that Bangladesh had to win. Not just because they had lost the previous game. But also because they were playing against a team like Oman, against whom if you win, no one really cares, but if you lose, get ready for some serious backlash back home. And the Fizz and Shakib brought out their A game with the ball to seal the game in their favour.
Scrappy Batting display from the Tigers
One would've felt, after the dismal show with the bat in the previous game, the Tigers would show their true potential with the bat, that too against a weaker bowling line up of the Oman team. Even though they put on 153, it wasn't an effort they would feel proud of.
They were rocked up early by some excellent swing bowling from Bilal Khan and Fayyaz Bhat, and were on 21 for 2 in 4.3 overs. Mahedi Hasan was promoted to No.3 but he didn't disturb the scorers. Mohammed Naim and Shakib put on an instrumental stand for the fourth wicket of 80 runs in quick time.
Even though Naim went on to score 64, he was given life as many as three times by some very ordinary catching from the Oman fielders. Shakib was looking set for a big one, but was run out in a weird manner. After he dug out a yorker delivery straight to point, Shakib took off for the run thinking the fielder might target the striker's end. But the fielder was alert that Shakib was still halfway, picked up the ball, threw in one motion and hit the bullseye at the non striker's end to find Shakib way short of his crease.
After this partnership was separated, the Oman bowlers didn't let any other batter get away with the big hits. They kept chipping away with wickets right till the end, this time helped by some good catching. The Bangladeshi innings folded for 153 Fayyaz Butt and Bilal Khan picking up three each.
Good start and a familiar crumbling under pressure from Oman
After losing an early wicket, the Oman pair of Jatinder sigh and Kashyap played some eye-catching strokes. Jatinder in particular was very good with his front foot play. With the score on 82 for 2 in 11, the chase was well and truly alive. But they had to counter the Fizz if they had to reach their target. And they couldn't. Tough to blame them as sometimes even the best in the business falter against the cunning left armer.
Once Jatinder was sent back to the hut by Shakib, there was no looking back from the Bangladeshi bowlers. Mahedi Hasan put the breaks on and restricted the run flow which resulted in wickets tumbling at the other end. Shakib and the Fizz were too good to miss out on this opportunity, as they scalped three and four wickets respectively from the other end.
With this win, Bangladesh still keep their hopes alive of making it to the next stage.
Brief scores: Bangladesh 153 in 20 overs (Mohammad Naim 64, Shakib Al Hasan 42; Bilal Khan 3-18, Fayyaz Butt 3-30) beat Oman 127/9 in 20 overs (Jatinder Singh 40; Mustafizur Rahman 4-36, Shakib Al Hasan 3-28) by 26 runs