Chris Greaves (L) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim (not pictured) during the T20 World Cup match in Muscat on Sunday. AFP
Chris Greaves starred with bat and ball as Scotland shocked Bangladesh with a six-run win on Sunday's opening day of the Twenty20 World Cup.
Greaves' 28-ball 45 guided Scotland to 140-9 and he then took two key wickets with his leg spin to keep down Bangladesh to 134-7 in the second first-round match of the day in Muscat, Oman.
Greaves, who had earlier rescued Scotland from 53-6 with his batting, sent back Shakib Al Hasan, for 20, and Mushfiqur Rahim, for 38 to dent Bangladesh's chase. Pace bowler Brad Wheal returned figures of 3-24 as world number six Bangladesh suffered an early setback in their fight to make the Super 12 stage.
"We've got a huge belief in our squad, and any player coming in has the ability to hit the ball over the ropes, as Chris Greaves and Josh Davey at the end showed," Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer said after the win. "It just shows we can win a game from anywhere. We believe even more now that we can keep on pushing and challenging teams."Fans of Bangladesh's cricket team cheer during the T20 World Cup match at the Oman Cricket Academy. AFP
Scotland are second in the Group B table, just behind hosts Oman, who thrashed Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets earlier in the day. The top two teams will advance into the next stage and join the heavyweights in the seventh edition of T20's global showpiece.
Bangladesh spinners Mahedi Hasan and Shakib justified their captain's decision of bowling first by taking regular wickets but Greaves gave Scotland crucial runs with his late cameo of 45.
Scotland tried to rebuild after losing Coetzer for nought but Mahedi soon struck twice in an over to send back Matthew Cross, for 11, and opener George Munsey, for 29.
Shakib joined forces with another double strike and his wicket of Michael Leask for nought got him past Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga as the leading wicket-taker in T20 internationals. Shakib, who is the only player to achieve a T20 double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets, returned figures of 2-17 while Mahedi was the wrecker-in-chief with 3-19.
Greaves, batting at number seven, hit back with four fours and two sixes as Scotland plundered 53 runs from the last 30 deliveries. "Bowlers did their job really well but the batting unit wasn't good enough," said Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad.
"Credit goes to their batters, they had a good finish. We still need to be positive and figure out where we made mistakes, and try not to repeat them."
Bangladesh lost their openers early before Shakib and Mushfiqur put on 47 runs for the third wicket to put the chase back on track. Greaves broke the stand with his first ball, getting Shakib caught at the boundary and then bowled Mushfiqur at the start of his second over.
Wheal rattled the middle order with key strikes including Mahmudullah for 23 and even a late burst by Mahedi could not take Bangladesh over the line.
Bangladesh: Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad (capt), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman
Scotland: George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer (capt), Matthew Cross (wk), Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Josh Davey, Safyaan Sharif, Bradley Wheal
Umpires: Ahsan Raza (PAK), Richard Kettleborough (ENG)
TV umpire: Chris Gaffaney (NZL)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)
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