Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Bangladesh ease past PNG to seal Super 12 berth. Shakib scored 46 and then bagged 4 for 9 in Bangladesh's 84-run win.
Shakib scored 46 and then bagged 4 for 9 in Bangladesh's 84-run win.
In a nutshell
Bangladesh stormed into the Super 12s with a massive 84-run win over Papua New Guinea, becoming the first team from Group B to do so. Opting to bat first again, captain Mahmudullah powered the side to 181/7 with a 28-ball 50 before the bowlers ran roughshod over PNG, restricting them to 97 all out in 19.3 overs.
Okay-ish start for Bangladesh
Mohammad Naim edged the first delivery he faced but couldn't get away with an agricultural swipe on the next. The shot perhaps showed how Bangladesh intended to bat in this crucial Group B encounter but the early wicket instead forced the side to be content with 45/1 in the powerplay. Liton Das and Shakib Al Hasan led the repair work, picking 16 runs in one over from Damien Ravu. Assad Vala then got rid of Liton Das in the eighth over before Mushfiqur Rahim pulled a long hop to Simon Ata in the deep, and the wickets meant that Bangladesh tottered to 71/2 at the halfway mark.
Powerful finishing touches
Shakib Al Hasan played a central figure in the innings but it was Mahmudullah's innings towards the end that really took Bangladesh to an above par score and really took the game beyond PNG. Mahmudullah looked busy at the crease from the word go, hitting the fourth ball he faced over long-on for a six. After Shakib got out, he ramped up the rate even further, hitting two sixes in an over from Chad Soper and got to his fifty off only 27 balls. Mohammad Saifuddin then polished off the innings with 6, 6, 4, finishing with a 6-ball 19 in the process.
PNG off to a horror start
Vala's side got through a steady couple of overs before losing 4 wickets in 14 balls as the batsmen desperately tried to clear the boundaries but kept getting caught. Bangladesh's catching in the deep stood out, following the precedent set by Charles Amini's catch of Shakib earlier in the match.
Saifuddin picked Lega Siaka lbw to start proceedings. Taskin Ahmed then got rid of the main man Vala, with Nurul Hasan picking a sharp catch down the legside before Shakib, preferred over the offspinner, struck twice in the fifth over.
From bad to worse for PNG
As if 17 for 4 after 6 overs wasn't bad enough, PNG continued to stutter, losing another couple of wickets to Shakib who finished with 4-0-9-4. Saifuddin returned to get Chad Soper with a yorker, setting Bangladesh up for a convincing win in Al Amerat.
Brief Scores: Bangladesh 181/7 in 20 overs (Mahmudullah 50, Shakib 46; Kabua Morea 2-26, Assad Vala 2-26) beat PNG 97 all out in 19.3 overs (Kiplin Doriga 46*; Shakib 4-9) by 84 runs