Unchanged Bangladesh bat first against PNG
DHAKA, – Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad won the toss and decided to bat first against Papua New Guinea (PNG) in their last match of the Group B in the Twenty20 World Cup at Al Amerat Cricket Ground in Muscat, Oman today. The Tigers lost their first match to Scotland by six runs but made a strong comeback, thrashing co-hosts Oman by 26 runs.
They have the chance to be the Group champion even should Oman beat Scotland in the next game. However Mahmudullah first wants to beat PNG to keep them ahead in the run rate. “Looks like a good wicket to bat on so we want to put on a good total. We are yet to play our A-game, so it’s our chance to bring that best game in this match,” Mahmudullah said after the toss.
Bangladesh however fielded an unchanged XI that played the last game against Oman. PNG lost their both of the matches against Scotland and Oman. They though mathematically are still in the race but it looks improbable. Line Ups: Bangladesh: Liton Das, Naim Sheikh, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad (captain), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman. Papua New Guinea: Lega Siaka, Assad Vala (captain), Charles Amini, Sese Bau, Simon Atai, Hiri Hiri, Norman Vanua, Kiplin Doriga (wk), Chad Soper, Damien Ravu, Kabua Morea.