PNG had been skittled out for 97 chasing 181 as Bangladesh bought a giant NRR increase
Bangladesh 181 for 7 (Mahmudullah 50, Shakib 46, Morea 2-26) beat Papua New Guinea 97 (Doriga 46*, Shakib 4-9, Taskin 2-12) by 84 runs
Bangladesh could not have requested for an even bigger margin of victory on a day when the web run charge equation was the principle focus. They beat Papua New Guinea by 84 runs, which gave them an NRR of 1.733, making the Oman-Scotland contest that follows a knockout battle.
Shakib bosses with the bat
Bangladesh’s want for a very good powerplay was lastly fulfilled, due to massive hits from Shakib and Liton Das. They reached 45 for 1 after six overs, their first 40-plus rating at that time in eight matches. Liton hit a 23-ball 29, however Shakib continued to run arduous, changing a number of ones into twos. He struck three sixes in his 46 off 37 balls, the final of which was a one-handed straight hit off Assad Vala.
But as he flagged within the Muscat warmth, Shakib’s innings was minimize brief by a superb Charles Amini catch, who timed his massive dive to perfection at lengthy-on. Ahead of the sport, Amini mentioned that he was trying ahead to assembly Shakib, and this catch should be an amazing ice-breaker.
Mahmudullah tees off
Mahmudullah took off from the place Shakib left off, beginning with a hammer down lengthy-on for his first six. He struck Chad Soper for 2 sixes by way of midwicket, but additionally managed to get fours with deft touches by way of level and third-man. His most pleasant shot of this innings was a sweep from exterior off stump towards the left-arm fast Kabua Morea. It threaded between the sq.-leg and brief nice-leg completely. Mahmudullah bought out after reaching his 50 off 27 balls, though he did not look too happy to be given out off Ravu’s excessive full-toss within the 18th over. His acceleration meant that Bangladesh had been properly set for a giant complete.
Barramundis can fly too
There is a cause why PNG are pleased with their fielding. They are fairly good at it. Against Bangladesh, there have been 4 sensible catches. Amini, Sese Bau and Damien Ravu took ahead diving catches. Bau took the primary two catches of the innings, the one in every of Liton standing out, as he needed to make the catch by diving in entrance of him at deep sq.-leg.
Amini additionally wanted a full-size ahead dive at lengthy-on to finish Shakib’s innings. Later, Ravu capped off PNG’s catching along with his effort to take away Afif Hossain within the demise overs. He ran in from deep midwicket, earlier than diving in entrance of him, managing a late swerve from the ball, to maintain it in his grasp.
PNG will need to have felt a lot of their power taken away by Bangladesh’s massive rating. They had been dealt an early blow when Saifuddin trapped Lega Siaka in entrance within the third over. Nurul Hasan then took an excellent catch down the leg-facet to take away Vala off Taskin Ahmed within the subsequent over.
Mohammad Naim adopted it up along with his sensible leap to his proper on the lengthy-on boundary, as Amini fell for 1 to Shakib. Simon Atai fell in the identical over, caught at level by Mahedi Hasan, earlier than Shakib had Bau caught at lengthy-on, by Naim.
Hiri Hiri, taking part in his first recreation within the event, struck the primary boundary of the innings within the tenth over, however he prime-edged one to the wicketkeeper to provide Shakib his fourth wicket. PNG had been 29 for 7 within the eleventh over, properly and actually out of the competition.
Doriga saves PNG’s blushes
Coming into bat within the tenth over, Doriga got here in when PNG had been 24 for six. He added 25 runs with Soper for the eighth wicket, and one other 26 with Morea for the ninth wicket.
He struck two fours and as many sixes in his 34-ball innings, scoring greater than the highest seven batters made collectively. He will need to have wished to achieve his fifty, however final-man Ravu, with whom he added 43 runs, fell to Taskin.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84