To start with, Bangladesh were clumsy in the field. Oman started positively and they were assisted by a few dropped catches. Jatinder Singh was the focal point of Oman’s batting and his knock along with a couple of partnerships constructed by him laid a good platform for the hosts. At the halfway mark, they needed 84 runs off 60 balls with 8 wickets in the bag. The equation narrowed down to 64 required off 42 balls when Jatinder Singh was dismissed by Shakib Al Hasan but from there on Bangladesh did well to tighten the noose. Mahedi Hasan’s four overs of gold in which he gave away just 14 runs completely squeezed the life out of this chase and Oman eventually surrendered.
Zeeshan Maqsood, the captain of Oman, says that it was a chaseable task after the way they started. Feels that in the last 5-6 overs, they didn’t bat well and lost too many wickets. Credits the Bangla bowlers for the way they bowled. Tells that it was not a big margin in the last 5 overs and it’s up to the players to get the job done. Adds that there was no crowd pressure and in fact, that was a confidence booster for them. Says that it’s cricket and they will try to bounce back and make the home crowd happy. Mentions that they have to see where they went wrong and track that.
Earlier in the match, Bangladesh’s decision to bat first didn’t turn out to be too fruitful. Barring the knocks of Mohammad Naim and Shakib Al Hasan and their 80-run association, there wasn’t much in their batting. Mahmudullah played a little cameo to push their score beyond the 150-run mark but it wasn’t the kind of performance Bangladesh would have expected. Oman were brilliant with the ball with Bilal Khan and Fayyaz Butt bagging three wickets apiece but they were below-par in the field and dropped quite a few catches. In hindsight, that cost them 20-25 runs extra and proved to be their undoing.
That’s a wrap to this game. We look forward to your company on Wednesday for a couple of Group A matches – Namibia vs Netherlands at 2 pm local (10 am GMT) and Sri Lanka vs Ireland at 6 pm local (2 pm GMT). Also, the top 8 teams will be playing their second warm-up game – India vs Australia, England vs New Zealand at 2 pm local (10 am GMT) and at 6 pm local (2 pm GMT), Afghanistan will meet West Indies and Pakistan will face South Africa. Plenty of excitement in store. Don’t forget to join us. Cheers!
Mahmudullah, the victorious skipper of Bangladesh, says that they will take this win but there are a lot of areas they need to improve. Hopes that everyone is happy and thanks the crowd for coming and supporting. Adds that Oman were in the hunt initially. He praises the stand between Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Naim but also admits that they were not up to the mark with the new ball. Feels they need to address that area. Thinks that the bowling in the death overs has been doing good and Bangladesh will have to show improvement with both bat and ball in the first six overs.
SHAKIB AL HASAN IS THE PLAYER OF THE MATCH! He says that losing to Scotland hurt the whole team but credits the way the Scots played. Adds that Scotland showed a lot of confidence and he feels that Bangladesh let the game slip away in the first game. Says that the team talk was slightly tough and they wanted to come back stronger. Praises Oman and reckons that they were in the game but feels that Bangladesh’s experience played a part. On Oman, Shakib feels that they were in the game for 15 overs and they played with a lot of heart. Tells that Bangladesh have another game that they need to win and they want to beat Papua New Guinea and see what happens.
Victory for Bangladesh and they stay alive in the tournament! They were given a real scare by Oman in the first 10 overs but eventually, the home team’s lack of experience in taking advantage of a good position cost them. Still, you have to praise Oman for putting up a fight against a better team.
Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Nadeem, Full toss on middle and off, Nadeem stays back and defends it to covers. Mustafizur Rahman could not get his fifth wicket but his side has got an important win in this game. BANGLADESH WIN BY 26 RUNS!
Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Nadeem, SIX! That’s gone high, high enough to clear the man in the deep. Mustafizur Rahman bangs in a short ball, on the bodyline. Nadeem hooks it away over the deep backward square leg fence for a biggie.
Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Nadeem, Play and a miss! Full-length ball, outside off. Nadeem looks to heave it away but misses.
Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Nadeem, WIDE! A length ball, outside off. Nadeem looks to paddle it away but does not connect at all. The umpire signals a wide. That is a bit harsh on the bowler.
Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Nadeem, Another dot! Good-length ball, outside off, angling away. Nadeem leaves it alone. He was waiting for the umpire to signal a wide, but the official thinks otherwise. Three balls left, can The Fizz get a fifer?
Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Nadeem, A length ball, on off, Nadeem defends it towards cover.
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Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Nadeem, FOUR! Up and over! Fuller and on off, Nadeem stays back and lofts it over extra cover. Rahim there leaps but the ball goes over him and races away to the boundary.
Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Nadeem, WIDE! Yorker, way outside off. The ball moves away from the tramline. Nadeem looks to go after it but misses. The umpire signals a wide.
Mohammad Saifuddin to Bilal Khan, Khan survives and the game goes into the final over. Very full, around off. Khan hangs back and digs it out safely.
Fayyaz Butt strides out now for Oman.
Mohammad Saifuddin to Mohammad Nadeem, Full and on leg. Nadeem goes back and pushes it to long off. But this time he takes a single.
Mohammad Saifuddin to Mohammad Nadeem, Three dots on the trot now! Low full toss, around off. Nadeem slaps this one hard towards long off but does not rotate the strike.
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