Bangladesh vs Scotland LIVE Cricket Score BAN vs SCO 17 Oct 2021
Bangladesh vs Scotland, 2nd Match, Group B
Series: ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2021
Venue: Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Ministry Turf 1), Al Amerat
Date & Time: Oct 17, 06:00 PM LOCAL
T20 World Cup, Bangladesh arguably have the most reason to feel hard done by. Ranked outside the top eight at the cut-off almost three years ago, recent success in the format has seen them rise to sixth. Despite the tournament being re-seeded Mahmudullah Riyad’s side were not granted an automatic berth in the main draw. That said, had the tournament gone ahead as scheduled, they would have faced the daunting prospect of playing the First Round in Australian conditions without the iconic Shakib al Hasan.
Against that hypothetical, a trip to the Middle East looks eminently preferable, though they might have preferred to do their qualifying on the low slow decks of the UAE rather than the comparatively fresh and relatively batting-friendly wickets at Muscat. Nonetheless, Bangladesh find themselves in what is generally agreed to be the marginally easier of the two groups, and despite Oman’s home advantage, Scotland’s momentum and Papua New Guinea’s irrepressible penchant for upsets, they have reason to be comparatively confident.
The expansion of the main draw to 12 teams means there’s an extra berth on offer in each of the First Round groups, but the margin for error remains slim as even a single loss could leave a team dependent on neutral results and net run rate to get them through. Bangladesh will not be unfamiliar with such considerations, having just scraped past Nepal on net run rate in 2014 after losing to Hong Kong, and while two years later an 8-run win over the Dutch proved enough, things might have turned out very differently had the rain chosen different days to fall.
Based on experience, Bangladesh will thus know how slim the margins can be in the quickfire re-qualifying round, and the sides recent warm-up games have highlighted some of their vulnerabilities. Not least among them is a comparatively callow top order. Tamim Iqbal, who saw them through the 2016 first round almost single-handedly with scores of 83*, 47 and 103* and finished lead run-scorer at that edition, opted out of the tournament to make way for younger players and Bangladesh have since lacked a dependable bat at the top of the order, with neither Mohammad Naim nor Linton Das looking entirely convincing in the role.
Though Scotland had a torrid time at the 2019 Global T20 Qualifier, struggling to adjust to the intense heat, collapsing to defeat in their opening match to the unfancied Singapore, just scraping into fourth place in their group before belatedly hitting their stride to eliminate hosts UAE in a must-win knock-out and besting Oman in the fifth-place play-off, they head into their First Round campaign looking in more than decent shape.
Despite finding themselves back in the punishing heat of the Gulf, Kyle Coetzer’s side are by now well used to the conditions, having been in Oman for the better part of a month, coming off the back of a successful CWC League 2 trilateral ODI series against Group B rivals Oman and Papua New Guinea. Unbeaten in that series, Scotland have carried their form into the shorter format. They have racked up wins against Papua New Guinea and the highly rated Netherlands in the interim, as well as besting Namibia in their second warm-up match to avenge their defeat the previous week.
Most of the Scottish top-order batters have put up scores in the past few days, and while the Scots’ top three of Coetzer, the big-hitting George Munsey and Calum MacLeod are widely seen as the strongest top-order in the Associates game, Richie Berrington down the order has looked the man in the hottest form. Berrington memorably struck Scotland’s first T20I century against Bangladesh in their first win over a full member at Westvliet back in 2012, which together with Munsey’s 127* against the Dutch in 2019 makes Scotland the only side in their group to boast two T20I centurions.
Bangladesh Squad: Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah(c), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan(w), Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Shamim Hossain, Soumya Sarkar
Scotland Squad: George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer(c), Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod, Matthew Cross(w), Dylan Budge, Craig Wallace, Michael Leask, Safyaan Sharif, Mark Watt, Alasdair Evans, Josh Davey, Bradley Wheal, Hamza Tahir, Chris Greaves