All-rounder show from Shakib Al Hasan takes Bangladesh into the Super 12s stage


Bangladesh won the match against PNG by 84 runs with the help of Shakib Al Hassan’s all-rounder performance to guide Bangladesh in the next round of super 12s of the ICC T20 World Cup.

Bangladesh had won the toss and elected to bat first. Bangladesh lost their first wicket on the very first over of the innings. Then, Shakib Al Hassan and Liton steadied the ship for their side. 

After the powerplay, Bangladesh went on 45-1 and was looking in fine touch.

They hit a couple of fine boundaries to set a solid 50 runs partnership. But their innings couldn’t go long, Vala came to bowl, and Liton was out caught by Bau.

Shakib was still on the pitch and he tried to put some runs on the board but his innings couldn’t go long and Vala also sent him back to the pavilion. 

After these wickets, Mahmudullah took the responsibility and played some watchful innings. By his bat, runs kept flowing for Bangladesh. 

Bangladesh had set a total of 181-7 after 20 overs.

Papua New Guinea didn’t start the innings very well. PNG batters looked rusty against the pacers and lost so much ground early that they couldn’t make much of a mark against the spinners either before Shakib took two quick wickets in his first over.

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Papua wanted someone to provide them with an amazing inning and took them out of the trouble.

After the end of half of the innings, PNG went on 28-6 and was totally out of the track. Their batters were in total trouble against the opposition bowlers. 

Dorigo played the innings fearlessly and he was the only batsman to score 46 runs with no other batter supporting him on the other end.

Then, all their hopes break down as they kept losing wickets.

Shakib picked up 4 wickets and gave away just 9 runs in his 4 overs after a 46 runs knock with the bat. 

Papua New Guinea just set a total of 97 runs at the end of their innings and lost this match by 84 runs.

“I think it was much needed. The way that we wanted to play, the intent was there from the batters…I’ve said it before – we’re much more skilled hitters than big hitters. So we need to find the bowlers we can take on on that particular day and we need to figure that out and communicate with the others as experienced batters,”

said the winning captain, Mahmudullah.

“Towards the end, they got the momentum, but I thought we started well. 1 for 40 or something in the power play…Against a really good team, you need to be up for it. We can take back executing our skills under pressure, we weren’t good enough. We know we could’ve done well. So next time if we get the opportunity, we’ll try to change I,”

said the losing captain, Assad Vala. 

“Every game we’re playing gets us into more confidence. It was a setback, the first game, but in the T20 format, the team that is better on the day wins. But now the pressure is off and we can play expressively…A little tired, I’ve been playing non-stop cricket for the last five-six months, it’s been a long season for me. But hopefully, I can pull this tournament off,”

said the player of the match, Shakib Al Hassan.