ICC T20 WC: Shakib stars as Bangladesh seal Super 12 spot
Bangladesh sealed their spot in the Super 12 stage of the ICC T20 World Cup with a massive 84 run win over Papua New Guinea (PNG) in their final Group B match.
Bangladesh after opting to bat first posted 181 for seven in their 20 overs and in response PNG were shot out for a mere 97 in 19.3 overs.
Earlier, Shakib Al Hasan (46) and Liton Das (29) shared a 50 run second wicket stand to put Bangladesh innings on track. Thereafter, captain Mahmudullah (50: 28b, 3x4, 3x6) took charge where Bangladesh despite a collapse managed to stabilise themselves.
Afif Hossain used the long handle to good effect as Bangladesh ended on a high.
For PNG the wickets were shared around by Kabua Morea (2-26), Damien Ravu (2-40) and captain Assad Vala (2-26).
The chase for PNG never really took off. They were reduced to 29 for seven. Then Kiplin Doriga who played a lone hand as he finished on unbeaten 46 off 34 balls. But the rest of the batting just did not put up a fight. PNG was finally bowled out for 97 in 19.3 overs.
For Bangladesh the wicket-takers were Shakib (4-9), Mohammad Saifuddin (2-21) and Taskin Ahmed (2-12).
Bangladesh: 181-7 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Mohammad Naim-0.2 ov), 2-50 (Liton Das-7.1 ov), 3-72 (Mushfiqur Rahim-10.2 ov), 4-101 (Shakib Al Hasan-13.4 ov), 5-144 (Mahmudullah-17.2 ov), 6-153 (Nurul Hasan-17.6 ov), 7-161 (Afif Hossain-18.6 ov)
Papua New Guinea: 97 (19.3)
Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Lega Siaka-2.3 ov), 2-13 (Assad Vala-3.2 ov), 3-13 (Charles Amini-4.1 ov), 4-14 (Simon Atai-4.4 ov), 5-24 (Sese Bau-8.5 ov), 6-24 (Norman Vanua-9.2 ov), 7-29 (Hiri Hiri-10.3 ov), 8-54 (Chad Soper-14.5 ov), 9-80 (Kabua Morea-17.4 ov), 10-97 (Damien Ravu-19.3 ov)
Result: Bangladesh won by 84 runs
Bangladesh: Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah (captain), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wicket-keeper), Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman
Toss: Bangladesh, elected to bat
Venue: Al Amerat Cricket Ground, Oman Cricket Academy
Start time: 1400 hrs Oman time
Match officials: Kumar Dharmasena, Richard Kettleborough (On-field umpires); Chris Gaffaney (TV Umpire); Ahsan Raza (Reserve Umpire); Ranjan Madugalle (Match-referee)
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