T20 World Cup: Bangladesh thrash Papua New Guinea, book Super 12 berth
Muscat, October 22: After a shock defeat in the first match, the Bangladesh cricket team has come back strongly to win the remaining two matches and book a place in the Super 12 stage of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup. On Thursday, Mahmudullah Riyad and his men thrashed Papua New Guinea by 84 runs to sail through to the next round.
Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Bangladesh scored 181 runs for the loss of seven wickets.
After a 60 in the second match, Mohammad Naim fell for a duck against PNG, as the batting team was dented in the second ball of the match.
However, a 50-run partnership between Liton Das and Shakib Al Hasan gave them the impetus.
Liton departed for 29 runs off 23 balls, while Shakib fell short of a half-century by four runs.
Skipper Mahmudullah's 50 off 28 balls and handy contribution from Afif Hossain 21 off 14 and Saifuddin 19 off 6, took the score in excess of 180 runs.
Saifuddin struck two sixes and a four in the last three balls of the Bangladeshi batting innings.
For PNG, captain Assad Vala, opening bowlers Kabua Morea and Damien Ravu picked up two wickets each. Simon Atai picked up the other wicket.
Chasing 182 in a T20 game is always tough and it became tougher for the team as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
Apart from wicketkeeper-batsman Kiplin Doriga (46)- who scored almost half of the team's runs alone- and Chad Soper (11), none of the other batsmen could score in double-digits.
They were bowled out in 19.3 overs for 97 runs.
For Bangladesh, Shakib picked up four wickets, while Saifuddin and Taskin Ahmed chipped in with two each. Mahedi Hasan accounted for one and the remaining wicket was a run out.
For his all-round performance, yet again, Shakib Al Hasan was adjudged the Man of the match.
Bangladesh will face teams like Australia, South Africa, England and West Indies in the next stage.