Scotland achieved two wins out of two in the T20 World Cup and took a big step towards the Super 12 stage when Richie Berrington and Josh Davey fired them for a 17-race win over Papua New Guinea. The result, coupled with Bangladesh’s victory over Oman, means that the Scots can progress to victory over the Omanis on Thursday.
Having upset Bangladesh in their first meeting, the Scots condemned the tournament rookies to an early exit in Oman. Berrington was the star turn, scoring 70 of 49 deliveries to push his side to 165 of nine and then contributing a wonderful one-handed catch.
Scotland should have scored more, but lost six wickets in the last 11 balls of their innings, a quick meltdown that included four batters fired in the Kabua Morea final. Somerset’s Davey then claimed career-best four of 18, while Papua New Guinea was eliminated by 148.
Kyle Coetzer chose to hit first, but Scotland lost both starters cheaply, their captain threw a slower ball and George Munsey skipped a top edge to make 26 of two. From there, Berrington and Matt Cross took over and amassed 92 for the third wicket. Halfway through, the score was still contained at 67, but Scotland racked up another 42 in the next three overs to push the score forward in style.
There was a steady stream of limits as the third wicket pair evaluated PNG’s heavy attack, both hitters adding a pair of sixes each, with Charles Amini treated especially harshly, eventually conceding 41 of his four overs. Cross was looking for another high when Simon Atai came up short and threw the ball directly to Amini in midfield. He was clearly furious with himself for giving away his window after running 45 of 36 balls.
Berrington pushed ahead after passing 50, finishing with six fours and three sixes, but the wheels came off in the final stages with only 19 runs scored and six wickets lost in the final three overs. Chad Soper eliminated Callum MacLeod and Berrington, the latter caught in the long ropes, before Morea saved what had threatened to be modest figures by eliminating Chris Greaves, Davey and Mark Watt in quick succession along with the departure of Michael Leask. : the seamer finished with four for 31.
Any optimism created by that fight quickly evaporated as Scotland reduced their opponents to 35-for-five on the power play. Davey served two on his new ball spell, aided by Berrington’s one-handed grab on the spot to fire Atai, while Brad Wheal and Alasdair Evans collected one apiece and Amini’s bad day continued with a sloppy run.
Norman Vanua brought a sense of intrigue to what seemed like a foregone conclusion, hitting No. 7 and swinging hard on his way to an entertaining 47 of 37 balls. At one point, it looked like it could inspire a notable lower-order comeback, but Davey caught him behind at 18 and came back to close things off with the last wicket, Soper broke through to mean wicketkeeper Cross had a hand in five layoffs. . .
Bangladesh kept his qualifying hopes alive with a 26-race win over Oman. By opting to hit first, Mohammad Mahmudullah’s side was reduced to 21 for two after Liton Das was caught lbw by Bilal Khan for six, and then Mahedi Hasan was caught and thrown by Fayyaz Butt for a duck.
Mohammad Naim and Shakib al-Hasan put them back on track, with 64 of 50 balls and 42 of 29 respectively forming part of a partnership of 80 in third field. From there, progress was difficult and Oman stayed behind to chase 154.
They lost to Aqib Ilas in the second round before Jatinder Singh (40), Kashyap Prajapati (21) and captain Zeeshan Maqsood (12) kept the score going. Despite having six wickets in hand, the required 58 of the last six overs rarely seemed to be done, with a lack of hitting power starting to show and a tight bowling spell off the break from Mahedi Hasan (one for 14 ) keeping them in check.
Two wickets on two balls by Shakib al-Hasan effectively ended his hopes in the 17th over, with 47 still needed of the last three overs. Mustafizur Rahman then took two of three on his way to four-for-36 figures as Oman vanished to 127 for nine of his 20 overs.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism