T20 World Cup result: Bangladesh ride their luck to stay in the Super 12s hunt
Bangladesh had to overcome a minor scare to keep their T20 World Cup hopes alive with a 26-run win over co-hosts Oman.
A change did Bangladesh good with Opener Mohammad Naim making an immediate impact on his first appearance of the tournament with 64, while Shakib Al Hasan made 42 to set a target of 154.
Despite a quickfire 40 from Jatinder Singh, some economical bowling from Mahedi Hasan (1/14) and Mohammad Saifuddin (1/16) left Oman with too much to do in reply.
The victory did not come easy as both batting and bowling, Bangladesh found themselves in early trouble losing Liton Das and Mahedi to slip to 21 for two after electing to bat.
It could have been much worse for Bangladesh with Jatinder dropping Naim over the boundary before Kashyap Prajapati gave him another life the following over, grassing a straightforward chance at midwicket.
The double-drop would prove costly as Naim and Shakib built a handy partnership, the veteran all-rounder seizing the initiative including back-to-back boundaries off the bowling of Mohammad Nadeem.
Shakib had raced to 42 from 28 runs as the pair put on 80 but just as he looked like he was going to cut loose, he took on a risky single and paid the price as Aqib Ilyas produced a brilliant direct hit.
From that point onwards, Bangladesh lost wickets steadily Bilal Khan, Fayyaz Butt and Kaleemullah all chipped in with scalps.
Naim reached 64 before he departed, while Mahmudullah added a useful 17 off ten deliveries to take Bangladesh to 153 before they were bowled out off the final ball.
In reply, Oman got off to a flyer as Taskin Ahmed’s first over went for ten before Mustafizur Rahman bowled five wides in his first, while taking the wicket of Aqib leg before for six.
Mustafizur’s difficult start got worse the following over when he put down Kashyap the following over.
Mahmudullah put down Jatinder after he had smashed a steepler into the sky.
When Kashyap hammered Mustafizur for six, the concern really started to grow for Bangladesh, but he was caught behind next ball for 21.
Still, with Jatinder at the crease, Oman had a chance, particularly when he pulled Shakib for four and then lifted him over extra cover for six.
Skipper Zeeshan Maqsood got in on the act with six off Taskin but was then brilliantly caught in the deep by Mustafizur, making amends for his earlier drop.
Jatinder was ploughing something of a lone furrow by this point, and after pulling Shakib for four, he then found Liton in the deep and with his departure, the chase faltered.
Shakib took two in two and then Nurul Hasan took a brilliant catch off Mustafizur diving wide to his right to remove Kaleemullah.
And it was Mustafizur who finished with a flourish with two more wickets to seal the victory.
Scores in brief: Oman vs Bangladesh
Bangladesh beat Oman, at Oman Cricket Academy Ground, Al Amerat by 26 runs
Bangladesh 153 all out, in 20 overs (Mohammad Naim 64, Shakib Al Hasan 42; Bilal Khan 3/18, Fayyaz Butt 3/30)
Oman 127/9, in 20 overs (Jatinder Singh 40, Kashyap Prajapati 21; Mustafizur Rahman 4/36, Shakib Al Hasan 3/28)
Player of the Match: Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)
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