Bangladesh beat Oman by 26 runs to keep their T20 World Cup hopes alive.

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Bangladesh beat Oman by 26 runs to keep their T20 World Cup hopes alive.

Bangladesh beat Oman by 26 runs to keep their T20 World Cup hopes alive.

October 22, 2021  Author : ch799

Bangladesh kept their Super 12s chances alive with a nail-biting 26-run win over co-hosts Oman in their T20 World Cup Group B encounter here on Tuesday.

Mohammad Naim's half-century enabled Bangladesh to set a 154-run goal before bowlers coached by Mustafizur Rahman (4/36) reduced Oman to 127 for 9.

Oman and Bangladesh both now have one victory each and will compete for the final position in the Super 12 stage. Scotland had already qualified from the group after defeating Papua New Guinea earlier in the day.

Oman will encounter Scotland, while Bangladesh will face Papua New Guinea.

In pursuit of a difficult goal, Jatinder Singh (40 off 33) and Kashyap Prajapati (21) made a promising start for Oman, but the other batters underperformed.

Bangladesh, like Oman, was guilty of dropping catches. They held their nerves under immense strain, and because to some shrewd captaincy by Mahmudullah and the spinners Shakib Al Hasan and Mahedi Hasan, they were able to mount a great comeback.

Mustafizur Rahman, a left-arm bowler, scored four wickets.

In the final five overs, Oman needed 54 runs. However, when the boundaries dried up and the needed run rate rose, Oman batters became concerned and tried for the big strokes, losing wickets in the process.

Shakib, who was outstanding with the bat, also contributed with the ball, finishing with figures of 3/28, while Mahedi Hassan (1/14) and Mohammad Saifuddin (1/16) each claimed one wicket.

Bangladesh, who had lost their competition opener against Scotland, chose to bat in the must-win game and battled to 29 for the loss of two wickets in the powerplay.

Naim, who smashed 64 off 51 deliveries, and star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (42 off 29) established an 81-run stand with their backs to the wall to give their team the much-needed confidence.

The two batters' confidence grew as a result of dropped catches and clumsy fielding.

While Pakistan's Fayyaz Butt, who played U-19 cricket for the country, bowled a spectacular catch to dismiss Mahedi Hasan for a duck, Oman dropped as many as three catches.

Naim blasted four maximums and three boundaries in his first game of the competition, while Shakib's innings had six fours.

The spring in Oman's stride was restored thanks to a great piece of fielding by Aqib Ilyas, who affected Shakib's run out.

The co-hosts took control of the game, taking six wickets and conceding 41 runs in the final five overs.

Fayyaz Butt (3/30), Kaleemullah (2/30), and Bilal Khan (3/18) took eight wickets between them, while left-arm spinner Zeeshan Maqsood (1/17) claimed one.