Chris Greaves came up with a superb all-round show as Scotland stunned Bangladesh by six runs in the second match of the T20 World Cup 2021 on Sunday. Greaves’ 28-ball 45 lifted Scotland from 53 for 6 to 140 for 9 after they were sent into bat first.
On the bowling front, Greaves claimed 2 for 19, dismissing Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim for putting the brakes on Bangladesh’s chase. Scotland’s opening bowler Brad Wheal also excelled with 3 for 24 as Bangladesh were restricted to 134 for 7 in a Group B encounter of Round 1.
Scotland put Bangladesh under early pressure in their defence of 140. Josh Davey sent back Soumya Sarkar for 5 as the experienced opener whipped one straight into the hands of deep midwicket. Liton Das (5) then dashed down the track and miscued Wheal to mid-off, failing to get any elevation into his stroke.
At the start of the fifth over, Rahim survived a close lbw appeal against Davey. The Scotland pacer got one to nip back in and rapped the Bangladesh batter on the pads. The umpire did not raise his finger. Scotland went for a review and Rahim survived on umpire’s call. Bangladesh crawled to 25 for 2 at the end of the powerplay as Scotland hardly gave anything away.
After being tied down, Mushfiqur broke the shackles by slog-sweeping off-spinner Michael Leask for consecutive sixes in the ninth over. However, Shakib failed to find his timing and was dismissed for a 28-ball 20 to bring Scotland back in the game. The Bangladesh left-hander attempted to slap Greaves over midwicket, but he could not clear the man on the boundary.
Greaves dealt Bangladesh’s hopes a massive setback, cleaning up Mushfiqur (38) with a googly as the batter made a mess of his premeditated scoop. Afif Hossain (18) came in and played a couple of impressive strokes before perishing to Mark Watt. He tried to loft the left-arm spinner over midwicket, but only found the fielder on the ropes.
Bangladesh needed 32 to win off 12. deliveries Nurul Hasan (2) fell to Wheal, smartly caught by MacLeod at long-on, who performed the ‘flick ball back into play’ trick successfully. Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah walloped the next ball for six, but was dismissed immediately after, looking for another big hit. The chasing side slammed two fours and a six in the last over, but it was not enough for Bangladesh to get over the line.