To reach the T20 World Cup Super-12, Bangladesh needed not only a win against Papua New Guinea but also a good run-rate. The all-round game (46 runs, 37 balls, 4/9) from the experienced Shakib Al Hasan and the stormy innings of captain Mohammadullah (50 runs, 28 balls, 3 fours, 3 sixes) enabled the team to do so and were placed in Group B. Became the first team to reach the Super-12. Shakib Al Hasan also equaled a big record in this match.
Talking about the match, winning the toss and opting to bat, Bangladesh scored 181 runs for seven wickets. In reply, the PNG team was bundled out for 97 runs in 19.3 overs in front of Shakib’s tight bowling. Fast bowlers Taskin Ahmed and Mohammad Saifuddin also took two wickets each for 12 and 21 runs respectively.
The pressure builds up in the powerplay itself.
Chasing the target, PNG’s batsmen yearned for one run each. Alam was that seven of his top order batsmen failed to reach double digits. Kiplin Doriga (46 not out in 34 balls), who came out to bat at number eight, was the team’s top scorer. Apart from him, Chad Soper (11), who landed at number nine, could only reach double digits.
Shakib took two wickets in his very first over after Saifuddin gave the first blow. The result was that PNG had only 17 runs in their account till the end of the power play while they had lost four wickets. The team could not recover from these setbacks.