ICC T20 World Cup 2021: Oman vs. Bangladesh, Bangladesh Won by 26 Runs

After a hard-fought 26-run win over Oman, Bangladesh will stay in the T20 World Cup for the time being. Bangladesh overcame Oman in their second T20 World Cup 2021 at Al Amerat Cricket Ground on Tuesday. Bangladesh won thanks to Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib’s outstanding bowling performances. The batting performance of Mohammad Naim (64), who top-scored for Bangladesh, adding 80 runs for the third wicket with Shakib Al Hasan (42) helped Bangladesh’s cause. Bangladesh needed to win this game to stay alive in the competition, as Oman and Scotland occupied the top two slots in the group.

With his 40-run effort, Jatinder Singh led the way for Oman, but no other batter appeared in good form against Bangladesh’s bowling.

Bangladesh with 2 points remains in third place in Group B, while Scotland leads with four points.

Highlights from the Match

Bangladesh had an excellent platform thanks to Mohammad Naim’s 64, but they couldn’t capitalize on it, falling from 101 for 2 in the 14th over to 153 all out. Shakib Al Hasan hammered 42 off 29 balls. Fast bowlers Bilal Khan and Fayyaz Butt took three wickets each.

Jatinder’s 40 off 33 balls, which featured four fours and a six, kept Oman in the game. He also put up two top-order solid partnerships, but Mahedi Hasan bowled beautifully before Mustafizur Rahman finished with 4 for 36 after an unexpectedly erratic opening stint.

Areas of improvement for both sides

  • If Oman had held on to all of their catches, they could have had a better day. Naim survived two drops on 18 and 26. Prajapati spilled Naim at midwicket after dropping Liton at deep square leg. Further, Jatinder let the ball slide through his fingers at the sweeper cover boundary in the eighth over.
  • Bangladesh also underperformed in the last five overs, scoring just 41 runs and losing six wickets.

Man of the Match

Shakib Al Hasan was declared the Man of the Match for taking three wickets and scoring a quick 42 runs off 29 balls.

Oman players: Zeeshan Maqsood (c), Khawar Ali, Jatinder Singh, Aqib Ilyas, Suraj Kumar, Mohammad Nadeem, Nester Dhamba, Kaleemullah, Naseem Khushi, Sufyan Mehmood, Ayaan Khan, Khurram Khan, Sandeep Goud, Bilal Khan, and Fayyaz Butt.

Bangladesh Players: Naim Sheikh, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nurul Hasan, Mahmudullah (c), Shakib Al Hasan, Afif Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Shamim Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Nasum Ahmed, and Shoriful Islam.

Final Thoughts

“Catches win matches,” as the saying goes, and this match is no exception. It had the potential to be Oman’s day in the match, but they could not convert the catches. Bangladesh’s decision to bat first did not seem to be a wise one either. There wasn’t much in their batting except for Mohammad Naim’s and Shakib Al Hasan’s 80-run partnership. Bangladesh has to work on their batting if they hope to win against the bigger teams in the competition. Oman bowled brilliantly, with Bilal Khan and Fayyaz Butt each taking three wickets, but they struggled in the field, dropping several catches. In retrospect, that cost them an extra 20-25 runs and ultimately proved to be their undoing.

Reference Links:

  1. https://sports.ndtv.com/icc-t20-world-cup-2021/oman-vs-bangladesh-cricket-score-t20-world-cup-2021-group-b-round-1-match-live-updates-2580728
  2. https://wisden.com/team/109/oman
  3. https://www.news18.com/cricketnext/cricket-live-scorecard/team-squads/bangladesh-vs-oman-baom03132016180463.html
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