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Bangladesh to join with Afghanistan, Australia and India after a maddening night at St. Vincent

 

It was the penultimate group stage match for both Nepal and Bangladesh. Apparently, Rohit Paudel’s men were playing chiefly for rendering an upset as their skipper told. However, for Bangladesh, this was a do-or-die match that could seal their position as the 8th team in the Super Eight.

Losing the toss, Shanto and Co had to set the target at St. Vincent and their ordeal during the power play continued. After almost winning the previous game against the group champion South Africa, they gave Bangladeshi fans the taste of another maddening night. The top-order batters were skittled out within the power play allowing Bangladesh to accumulate just 31 runs with a loss of 4 wickets. Tanzid was caught and bowled by Sompal Kami in the first ball of the innings. Skipper Shanto was also dismissed in the next over by Dependra Singh Airee. Liton Das was also caught by the keeper while trying to pull Kami out of the ropes. And the woe continued as Tawhid repeated Liton’s sin and gave away his wicket to the Nepali skipper. Mahmudullah’s unfortunate run out left the Tigers 57/5 after 10 overs.

It was palpable that, the Tigers were under grave pressure by then – struggling to register boundaries, the run was lesser than the balls spent and risky calls for running were coming from the batters. Thanks to the Nepali spinners who gripped the match for their side. Shakib once again remained the top scorer with a 17-ball 22. Contributions from the lower-order batters were also minimal – Jakir played a 26-ball 12, Tanzim Hasan Sakib went for 3, and Rishad and Mustafizur added 13 and 3 respectively before being dismissed. However, Taskin remained not out for 12 off 15 balls and Bangladesh got 106 runs all told.

Defending that low score, Bangladeshi bowlers got a fine start with Tanzim destroying the Nepali top order. Out of his 24 balls inside the 8th over, he gave 21 dot balls – the most by any bowler in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. He also took 4 wickets while spending only 7 runs – giving the Tigers an advantage. Mustafiz, the seasoned ace, also completed his part. With a wicket maiden in the 19th over, Fizz took 3 wickets with an expense of 7 runs and 2 maidens after his spell. However, other bowlers were more or less expensive against the backdrop of that tricky condition for the batters. Taskin gave away 29 runs with a wicket and Mahmudullah was also expensive in his second over. Rishad was wicketless but built pressure on the opponent with an economy of just 5.00.

Kushal Malla and Dependra Singh Airee built a solid 52-run partnership in the 6thwicket and were the top performers with Malla scoring a 40-ball 27 and Airee added 25 runs on the other side. Both of them were dismissed by the Fizz. Opener Asif Sheikh also touched double digits but in the end, it was the Tigers who were victorious over the Rhinos as Taskin and Shakib got rid of the lower order within no time.

So, it’s official – Bangladesh becomes the 8th team to qualify for the Super Eight and falls under Group 1 where Shanto and his players will face Australia, India and Afghanistan.

 

Group 1 (Bangladesh’s POV)

OpponentOpponent’s current T20I ranking (BD:09)Starting timeDateResult
Australia0106:30 AM21/06/24To be played
India0208:30 PM22/06/24To be played
Afghanistan1006:30 AM25/06/24To be played

 

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