Shakib Al Hasan starred with the ball after his knock of 46 off 37 balls as Bangladesh beat Papua New Guinea by 84 runs in their Group A T20 World Cup clash at Al Amerat in Oman on Thursday. PNG ended their competition with three loss in as many games while it was the biggest win for Bangladesh in T20Is.
Chasing 182, PNG were put on the back foot right from the very start as the side lost four wickets inside the first six overs and were reduced to 17 for four.
PNG were never able to recover from the horrible start they got, and in the end, Bangladesh bundled out PNG for 97 inside 19.3 overs to complete a comprehensive win.
Earlier, Mahmudullah and Al Hasan played knocks of 50 and 46 to help Bangladesh score 181 for seven in the allotted 20 overs. Opting to bat, Bangladesh did not get off to an ideal start as the side lost opener Mohammad Naim (0) in the very first over of the innings to Kabua Morea.
Liton Das and Al Hasan then put on 50 runs for the second wicket, but PNG remained in the contest by taking wickets of Das (29) and Mushfiqur Rahim (5) in quick succession, reducing Bangladesh to 72/3 in the 11th over.
Al Hasan went on to play a knock of 46 runs but his dismissal in the 14th over required Bangladesh to revive their innings and rebuild to post a solid total on the board.
Mahmudullah ensured that Bangladesh do not lose momentum and the side posted a total of more than the 180-run mark. Afif Hossain and Mohammad Saifuddin also played useful cameos of 21 and 19.
Brief Scores: Bangladesh 181/7 in 20 overs (Mahmudullah 50, Shakib Al Hasan 46; Kabua Morea 2/26, Assad Vala 2/26) beat PNG 97 all out in 19.3 overs (Kiplin Doriga 46*; Shakib Al Hasan 4/9) by 84 runs
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