Shakib Al Hasan produced an impressive all-round performance as Bangladesh sealed a spot in the Twenty20 World Cup’s Super 12 with a big victory against Papua New Guinea in Muscat.
- Bangladesh scored 7-181 off their 20 overs to defeat PNG
- The win means they will face teams including Australia and England in the next group stage
- Shakib Al Hasan says Bangladesh will “play with more freedom” from now on
The Tigers, who lost their opening match against Scotland, backed up their vital victory over Group B hosts Oman with an 84-run success against tournament debutants PNG.
Scotland’s subsequent defeat of Oman means Bangladesh go into group 1 with Australia, West Indies, England, South Africa, and Sri Lanka.
Despite losing Mohammad Naim to the second ball, without a run scored, Bangladesh scored 7-181 off their 20 overs. Mahmudullah hit 50 in 28 balls, Al Hasan scored 46 in 37, and Lifon Das 29 in 23.
Mohammad Saifuddin ended with 19 not out after hitting the last three balls of the innings for 16.
PNG began cautiously, reaching 0-11 off 15 balls, but then wickets began to tumble. By the end of the fifth over they were 4-14 and the tie was effectively over.
Al Hasan took 4-9 off his four overs as PNG were further reduced to 7-29.
However, the sixth wicket had brought Kiplin Doriga to the crease. Swinging freely, he scored exactly as many as all his teammates combined, thumping 46 off 34 balls.
The wicketkeeper, who was 26 on Monday, was one hit away from a half-century when the final wicket fell with three balls remaining and PNG dismissed for 97.
“Now the pressure is gone and we can express ourselves and play with more freedom,” Al Hasan said.
Mahmudullah said it would be important for Bangladesh to capitalise on “the first six overs with the bat and the ball” in the next stage.
How the teams are grouped
Group A: Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Namibia
Group B: Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Oman
Group 1: England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh
Group 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Scotland, A2 (Ireland, Netherlands, or Namibia)