‘Thick and skinny’ Scotland be part of Bangladesh in T20 World Cup second spherical

Oman´s wicketkeeper Naseem Khushi (L) shakes hands with Scotland´s Richie Berrington as Scotland won the ICC men´s Twenty20 World Cup cricket match against Oman at the Oman Cricket Academy Ground in Muscat on October 21, 2021. — AFP
Oman´s wicketkeeper Naseem Khushi (L) shakes fingers with Scotland´s Richie Berrington as Scotland received the ICC males´s Twenty20 World Cup cricket match in opposition to Oman on the Oman Cricket Academy Ground in Muscat on October 21, 2021. — AFP

Scotland, having gone “through thick and thin”, reached the T20 World Cup second spherical for the primary time on Thursday with a thumping eight-wicket win over Oman as star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan steered Bangladesh into the subsequent section.

The Scots comfortably chased down their goal of 123 with 18 balls to spare to register a 3rd win out of three in qualifying.

Captain Kyle Coetzer top-scored for Scotland with 41 off 28 balls with three sixes and two fours.

Richie Berrington, completed the sport with an enormous six to stay 31 not out. Matthew Cross (26) was additionally undefeated.

Scotland will go into Group 2 of the Super 12s alongside Afghanistan, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and the runners-up from qualifying Group A – more likely to be both Ireland or Namibia.

“This is an opportunity for Scotland to test themselves against the best,” mentioned Coetzer.

“There’s a real togetherness among our squad, through thick and thin.

“This group we have been simply in was a mighty powerful group so the subsequent one might be more durable. We will go into each recreation stuffed with hope and perception that we will win extra video games.”

Bangladesh, who were stunned by Scotland in their opening game, secured the second qualifying spot in Group B by seeing off Papua New Guinea by 84 runs.

They will now play in Group 1 alongside Australia, England, South Africa, West Indies, probably Sri Lanka and either Ireland or Namibia.

“What a day for Scottish cricket, the boys are buzzing,” said man-of-the-match and fast bowler Josh Davey who took 3-25.

Scotland came into the 2021 tournament having never progressed beyond the first round in their three previous appearances, winning just one game in seven.

Scotland restricted Oman to 122 all out.

Oman, who won the toss and opted to bat, had a terrible start when Jatinder Singh was out second ball following a run-out mix-up which left him and opener Aqib Ilyas at the same end.

Ilyas went on to top score with 37 off 35 balls but the home side never shook off the shackles of the Scottish bowling.

Only three Oman batters reached double figures.

“I really feel sorry we could not ship, however we’re assured our second will come,” said Oman skipper Zeeshan Maqsood.

Shakib Al Hasan smashed 46 and had bowling figures of 4-9 as Bangladesh crushed Papua New Guinea.

Chasing 182 for victory, PNG were bowled out for 97 in 19.3 overs to hand Bangladesh their second straight win.

PNG go out of the tournament with three losses.

The Tigers bounced back from an opening loss against Scotland to register two convincing wins and the last one would have been bigger had it not been for Kiplin Doriga’s unbeaten 46.

“Every recreation we’re enjoying offers us extra confidence. Obviously it was a setback, the primary recreation, however within the T20 format the staff that’s higher on the day wins,” said man-of-the-match Shakib.

Shakib equals Afridi

Shakib, a left-arm spinner, struck twice in his first over and then took two more to equal Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi as the leading wicket-taker with 39 scalps in T20’s showpiece event.

Earlier Skipper Mahmudullah Riyad, who hit 50, and Shakib helped Bangladesh to 181-7 after they elected to bat first.

Afif Hossain’s quickfire 21 and an unbeaten 19 off 6 balls from Mohammad Saifuddin, who finished the innings with two sixes and a four, fired Bangladesh to the highest total of the tournament so far.

On Friday, 2014 champions Sri Lanka meet the Netherlands, who are already eliminated, while Ireland and Namibia clash for the last qualifying place.

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