World T20 2021 | Shakib special help Bangladesh drub PNG by 84 runs to book Super 12 spot

Abhishek Singh

Abhishek Singh

Author| Oct 21, 1:57 PM

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It was as impressive a performance as was expected from an ICC ranked-six nation in the World T20 rankings. Bangladesh demolished Papua New Guinea by a huge margin of 84 runs to book their birth in Super 12. In which group would they be placed will be found out after the evening game between Oman and Scotland which has now become a virtual qualifier as the winner would go through. 

Shakib Al Hasan was once again the hero for Bangladesh, especially with the ball as he finished with figures of 4/9 in his four overs spell and also equalled Pakistan legend Shahid Afridi‚Äôs record for most wickets in T20 World Cup history. The Bangladesh all-rounder now has 34 scalps in 28 World Cup games. 

Chasing a target of 182 set up by the Tigers was always going to be difficult for an Associate nation like PNG. However, with the kind of fight they showed in their last game against Scotland, it was hoped that they would show some fight in this game as well. However, in trying to keep up with the required run rate right from the word go, the Barramundis lost too many wickets early on. 

In fact, the batting performance was so dismal that no other batter apart from wicket-keeper batter Kiplin Doriga, who top-scored with an unbeaten 46 and bowling all-rounder Chad Soper (11) got into double figures. Apart from Shakib, fast bowlers Mohammad Saifuddin and Taskin Ahmed picked two wickets each while Mahedi Hasan also got a wicket. 

Earlier in the day, after winning the toss, Bangladesh chose to bat first in not only a must-win game but in a match in which they had to win by a big margin to qualify for the Super 12. 

Though Naim Sheikh got out on the very first ball and Bangladesh could only get 40 odd from the Powerplay, some great hitting by skipper Mahmudullah, who hit his sixth T20I half-century and first ever in a World Cup game, Bangladesh managed to get to 181 in their 20 overs. Along with Mahmudullah, Shakib (46) Liton Das (29) and Afif Hossain (21*) were among the runs as well.

  • Shakib Al Hasan
  • Mahmudullah Riyad
  • Kiplin Doriga
  • BAN
  • PNG
  • T20 WC 2021
  • Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Ministry Turf 1)

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