Scotland angered Bangladesh with a tense six-run win in the first round of the World Cup Twenty 20 men team games on Sunday (Monday NZ).
The Scots successfully defended 140-9 after being sent off, recovering from 53-6 in the 12th round, then limiting Bangladesh to 144-7 in Muscat, Oman.
Chris Graves won 45 of 28 balls as Scotland finished strong with the bat and put up a competitive amount, with 53 crucial runs coming from its last five rounds.
Bangladesh’s chase was undermined as soon as Shakib al-Hassan (20) and Shofur Rahim (38) were eliminated in the 12th and 14th games respectively.
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Graves removed both, finishing with 2-19 from his three rounds with the ball, and was selected as the game player.
The two nations compete in the two teams of four teams hoping to advance to the Super 12 stage with the elite of the international game. The first two from each group are illegal immigrants to Mandate Palestine.
Bangladesh were the strong favorites to win Group B, but will have to beat Oman and Papua New Guinea to secure promotion to Super 12.
They defeated the weakened Australian and Black Cup teams in warm-up matches, but suffered a setback in the World Cup opener.
When they needed 37 of 18 balls, veteran skipper Mahmoudullah and Mahdi Hassan hit the 60s in the playoffs to end a tense finish.
However, the departure of the former 22 with seven balls remained stuck in Bangladesh in hopes of blaming a late win, even though they were still in competition with two balls remaining, and needed two sixes, which Mehdi was unable to hit.
Leading Scottish ball Brad Viel and Mahmoudallah were caught in the depths by Callum McLeod in his 3-24 game from his four rounds.
Meanwhile, Oman openers Jatinder Singh and Akiv Ilias smashed half a century without a loss, with the joint hosts subduing senior Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets in the second game in Group B.
Singh scored 73 of 42 balls and Ilias scored 50 that made Oman 131-0 with more than six free throws.
Earlier, skipper Zashen Ashraf (4-20) recorded Oman’s best data in the T20 and pinned PNG to 129-9.
More to come
– with AP