Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Chris Greaves all-round show helps Scotland stun Bangladesh. Reduced to 53 for 6, Greaves made 45 and then bagged two wickets to help Scotland pick up a six-run win
Reduced to 53 for 6, Greaves made 45 and then bagged two wickets to help Scotland pick up a six-run win
In a nut shell
The T20 WC's history of famous outcomes was given another chapter as Scotland pipped the much-fancied Bangladesh in an absorbing encounter at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground. Choked by spin and reduced to 53 for 6, Scotland found a hero in Chris Greaves, who led a thrilling counter-attack with a 28-ball 45 to push the total to 140 and then returned with the ball to prize out the crucial wickets of Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan to pave the pay for a memorable victory.
A disastrous start
Scotland lost the toss, were asked to bat and left tottering at 53/6
They had progressed to a steady 44 for 1 after 7 overs when Matthew Cross tried to break free from his PowerPlay rut by swiping Mahedi Hasan across the line to a straight ball. He missed and was adjudged out LBW. In his first over, Mahedi also added the wicket of the well-set Goerge Munsey, who also missed a slog-sweep and was clean bowled.
Not to be undone, Shakib Al Hasan produced a double-wicket over of his own, dismissing Richie Berrington and Michael Leask to catches at long-on and long-off respectively. The second of those strikes, took the veteran all-rounder to the top of the wicket-takers' list, surpassing Lasith Malinga's tally of 107 wickets. When Callum MacLeod was bowled by Mahedi, Scotland were tottering at 53 for 6 in the 12th over.
Chris Greaves conjures a counter-attack
Greaves had played a solitary T20I heading into this first game of the T20 WC but he belied that inexperience with a thrilling counter-attack. He executed a reverse-sweep for his boundary. The following over, he went one better, by crunching Mahedi, Bangladesh's best bowler of the evening, for a six. Mark Watt played his part with a breezy 22 in the half-century stand.
More brilliance followed in the 18th over bowled by Taskin Ahmed. Greaves hung back on his backfoot and cut a ball past point for four. He followed that by an upper-cut six over thirdman and a drilled four past extra cover.
Greaves finished with 45 off 28, with the final five Bangladesh overs producing 53 runs. When 100 looked some distance away, they had gotten to 140, a score they could fight with.
The start of the bowling fight
140 was some way off par on a fairly nice surface in Oman. Scotland also had to contend with dew on the outfield but more than made up for it with their bowling smarts. Josh Davey had Soumya Sarkar caught in the deep playing the pick-up flick, which he had put away in the gap in the previous over. Bradley Wheal took out the other opener, Liton Das, dragging his length short and eliciting a miscue to mid-off.
Greaves to the rescue again
Bangladesh were 25 for 2 at the end of the PowerPlay but in Mushfiqur and Shakib, they had just the correct combination of experience and right-left dexterity to anchor the chase. Despite batting sedately, the pair took the score to run-a-ball levels by the halfway mark, thanks in chief to Mushfiqur plundering a pair of sixes off Michael Leask.
The equation had reduced to 76 off 54 when Greaves was called on to roll his legbreaks. With his first delivery, a drag down, he had a sedate Shakib (20 off 28), straight back from the IPL final, caught excellently at deep mid-wicket. With the first ball of his second over, he knocked over Mushfiqur (38 off 26) when the former captain premeditated a paddle scoop and missed.
Between these two overs, left-arm spinner Mark Watt, using the crease, eked out a 1-run over to well and truly apply the squeeze.
The finishing touches
Watt produced another tight over in which he dismissed the dangerous Afif Hossain and Bradley Wheal followed that with a double-wicket over in which Nurul Hasan and captain Mahmudullah holed out. That left Bangladesh needing an improbable 25, leaving Kyle Coetzer's team with enough insurance runs to concede 17 and still end up on the right side of a famous result.
Brief scores: Scotland 140/9 in 20 overs (Chris Greaves 45, George Munsey 29; Mahedi Hasan 3-19, Shakib Al Hasan 2-17) beat Bangladesh 134/7 in 20 overs (Mushfiqur Rahim 38; Bradley Wheal 3-24, Chris Greaves 2-19) by 6 runs.