T20 World Cup: Chris Greaves, Brad Wheal star

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T20 World Cup: Scotland stunned Bangladesh by 6 runs in their opening game to register their second win in the shortest format and first since 2016.

 

Chris Greaves took the crucial wickets of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim (AFP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Scotland (140 for 9) beat Bangladesh (134 for 7) by 6 runs in Al Amerat
  • All-rounder Chris Greaves starred for Scotland with 2 wickets and 45 runs
  • I’m just glad I could contribute in the way I did: Chris Greaves

Scotland pulled off an amazing upset win over Bangladesh to begin their T20 World Cup campaign in style on Sunday. Chasing 141 for victory, Scotland stopped Bangladesh at 134 for 7 to register their first ever win against a Test playing nation in a major ICC tournament.

Scotland’s win was also their second out of 19 games in the shortest format and first since the 2016 T20 World Cup (vs Hong Kong) in India. Brad Wheal was the standout bowler for Scotland with 3 wickets for 24 runs while Chris Greaves picked 2 and Mark Watt, Josh Davey grabbed one each.

Chris Greaves was adjudged Player of the Match for his 2 wickets and 45 with the bat.

Bangladesh vs Scotland T20 World Cup: Highlights

“We were in a tough situation obviously and it doesn’t always go that way. It was just to rebuild the innings at that stage and see where we could go from there. I was happy to be that person.

“With the score on the board, you’ve got something to bowl at. I think once we got that total on the board with our bowling lineup, we’ll back it. It was a great great game. It was my day I think today. It will be many other days that any one of us in that squad will be a part of.

“I’m just glad I could contribute in the way I did. Incredible. There’s so many words. Just really enjoying it and taking one day at a time. Hopefully many more days like this to come,” Greaves said after the game.

Earlier, Scotland posted 140 for 9 on the board after being asked to bat first by Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah.

Greaves top-scored with 45 off 28 balls with 4 fours and a couple of sixes while George Munsey (29) and Mark Watt (22) also made useful contributions to the Scottish total. Bangladesh spinner Mahedi Hasan picked 3 wickets while Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman grabbed a couple each.

Shakib Al Hasan’s double-wicket haul saw him surpass Sri Lankan legend Lasith Malanga to become the leading wicket taker in T20 international cricket.

 

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