Shakib, Mustafizur, Naim help Bangladesh win

Al Amerat (Oman): Shakib Al Hasan’s all-round performance, Mohammad Naim’s fighting 50, and Mustafizur Rahman’s superb bowling effort led Bangladesh to a comprehensive 26-run victory over Oman in the 6th match of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground, here.

With this win, Bangladesh kept their hopes alive for a spot in the Super 12s. They will face Papua New Guinea in their next match.

Riding on fighting knocks by Mohammad Naim (64 off 50) and Shakib Al Hasan (42 off 29), Bangladesh posted a total of 153 all out in 20 overs.

Chasing a fighting total, Oman lost the wicket of Aaqib Ilyas in the second over. However, Jatinder Singh and Kashyap Prajapati made full use of the fielding restrictions and kept the scoreboard ticking. Prajapati survived two dropped catches, with Mustafizur Rahman and Mahmud Ullah at fault for the chances.

But, Mustafizur, who returned for the last over of the Powerplay dismissed Prajapati for 21. On the other hand, Jatinder continued to attack even after the first six overs, hitting Shakib for a six and a four off consecutive balls.

Oman were 70/2 and needed 84 from 10 overs, but their chase was derailed after the drinks break with two wickets falling in two overs. Mahedi Hasan broke the 34-run stand between Jatinder Singh and Zeeshan Maqsood with the Oman skipper holing out in the deep to a great diving catch by Mustafizur.

In the very next over, the pendulum swung Bangladesh’s way when the well-set Jatinder found Liton Das at deep square leg. A couple of quiet overs pushed the asking rate over 10 for the last five overs. Oman buckled under mounting pressure and lost three wickets in the next two overs, with Sandeep Goud, Ayaan Khan, and Naseem Khushi all departing for single-digit scores.

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