Tigers rout PNG to seal spot in Super 12s

Publish: 10:00 PM, October 21, 2021 | Update: 10:00:PM, October 21, 2021

Sports Desk
Bangladesh couldn’t have asked for a bigger margin of victory on a day when net run rate equation was the main focus. They beat Papua New Guinea by 84 runs, which gave them a 1.733 NRR, making the Oman-Scotland contest that follows a knockout battle, reports Cricinfo.

PNG slipped to 29 for 7, briefly threatening Netherlands’ 39 all out as the lowest total in T20 World Cup history. Kiplin Doriga enforced their recovery with his unbeaten 46, as PNG were bowled out for 97 in the final over.

Earlier in the must-win T20 World Cup match against Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh posted 181 on Thursday riding on the batting of Mahmudullah Riyad and Shakib Al Hasan.

Bangladesh’s 181 for 7 is now the highest total in this World Cup so far. The Tigers have surpassed Sri Lanka’s 171 against Ireland in Abu Dhabi.
Shakib, who was the player of the match in the previous match against Oman, posted 46 off 37 balls while Mahmudullah posted 50 off 28 balls. They smashed six sixes and three fours together.

Bangladesh failed to have a good start once again as Mohammad Naim fell for a duck in the first ball of the match. However, on the second wicket, Shakib and Liton Das added 50 runs.

Liton was doing well but fell for 29 off 23 balls with one four and one six. Mushfiqur Rahim failed to impress with the bat as he was dismissed while playing a sweep when he was batting at 5.

On the fifth wicket stand, Mahmudullah and Afif Hossain added 43 off 23 balls. Afif ended up at 21 off 14 balls with three fours. Bangladesh surpassed the 180-run mark with some wonderful batting display by Mohammad Saifuddin. In the last three balls, he scored 17 runs with a no-ball-six. Saifuddin remained unbeaten scoring 19 off six balls with two sixes and one four.