Muscat – Chris Greaves played a starring role as Scotland shocked Bangladesh with a six-run win on the opening day of the Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday.
Greaves’ 28-ball 45 guided Scotland to 140-9 and he then took two key wickets with his leg spin to hold Bangladesh to 134-7 in their first-round match in Muscat.
Greaves, who earlier rescued Scotland from 53-6 with his batting, sent back Shakib Al Hasan, for 20, and Mushfiqur Rahim, for 38 to dent Bangladesh’s chase.
Pace bowler Brad Wheal returned figures of 3-24 as world No. 6 Bangladesh suffered an early setback in its fight to make the Super 12 stage.
“We’ve got a huge belief in our squad, and any player coming in has the ability to hit the ball over the ropes, as Chris Greaves and Josh Davey at the end showed,” Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer said after the win.
“It just shows we can win a game from anywhere. We believe even more now that we can keep on pushing and challenging teams.”
Scotland is second in Group B, just behind host Oman, which thrashed Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets earlier in the day.
The top two teams will advance into the next stage and join the heavyweights in the seventh edition of T20’s global showpiece.
Bangladesh spinners Mahedi Hasan and Shakib justified their captain’s decision of bowling first by taking regular wickets, but Greaves gave Scotland crucial runs with his late cameo of 45.
Scotland tried to rebuild after losing Coetzer for nought, but Mahedi struck twice in an over to send back Matthew Cross, for 11, and opener George Munsey, for 29.
Shakib joined forces with another double strike and his wicket of Michael Leask for nought moved him past Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga as the leading wicket-taker in T20 internationals.
Shakib, who is the only player to achieve a T20 double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets, returned figures of 2-17 while Mahedi was the wrecker-in-chief with 3-19.
Greaves, batting at number seven, hit back with four fours and two sixes as Scotland plundered 53 runs from the last 30 deliveries.
“Bowlers did their job really well but the batting unit wasn’t good enough,” said Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad.
“Credit goes to their batters, they had a good finish. We still need to be positive and figure out where we made mistakes, and try not to repeat them.”
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