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Chris Greaves turns the game around with the ball

Chris Greaves turns the game around with the ball
October 17, 2021 --- Web Desk

DUBAI – Scotland fought back hard from 53/6 to finish on 140/9, thanks to a 50-run stand between Chris Greaves and Mark Watt for the seventh wicket.

Bangladesh won the toss and opted to field against Scotland in the second game of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021.

Bangladesh's decision to go with an extra pacer reaped rewards right away. Mohammad Saifuddin struck early, after Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman kept a leash on Scotland's scoring. Skipper Kyle Coetzer had no answer to Saifuddin's inch-perfect yorker and had to walk back without scoring.

George Munsey and Matthew Cross consolidated the innings and then made full use of the fielding restrictions, scoring 23 in the last overs of the Powerplay.

 

Shakib, Mahedi spin a web

Scotland lost their set batters in quick succession as Mahedi Hasan made an immediate impact after being brought into the attack. He first trapped Cross in front of the stumps before knocking over Munsey with an arm-ball.

Two overs later, Shakib Al Hasan added yet another feather to his cap. He levelled Lasith Malinga for most wickets in Men's T20Is with the scalp of Richie Berrington before surpassing the Sri Lankan pacer two balls later with the wicket of Michael Leask.

Scotland slipped further after they lost Calum MacLeod, going from 45/1 to 53/6.

 

Greaves, Watt steer Scotland out of trouble

Scotland were staring down the barrel at the end of the 12th overs before Chris Greaves and Mark Watt bailed them out of trouble. Going at well below six runs per over, Greaves and Watt upped the ante and kept finding the boundaries.

After taking the team past the 100-run mark, they brought up the 50-run partnership in just 33 balls with a boundary. After Watt's dismissal, Greaves took the attack to Taskin Ahmed with two fours and a six off the next three balls.

Mustafizur Rahman got rid of Greaves and Josh Davey in the final over to ensure Scotland don't end their innings with a flourish as they finished on 140/9.

 

Early wickets peg Bangladesh back

Scotland needed early wickets if they were to stop Bangladesh from cruising in their chase. Soumya Sarkar was the first batter to make the long walk back after flicking the ball straight into the hands of deep mid-wicket. Two overs later, Liton Das tried to take the aerial route but once again found Munsey at mid-off.

The Scotland bowlers managed to keep a lid on the scoring as Bangladesh went without a boundary for six overs. Mushfiqur Rahim finally broke the shackles with two sixes in two balls off Leask as The Tigers went into the drinks break at 59/2.

 

Chris Greaves day out

With the required rate climbing, Shakib and Rahim had to up the scoring and in the bid to do so, lost their wickets at a crucial juncture.

Luck was on Greaves' side as a Shakib failed to put away a half-tracker and hit it to Calum MacLeod who completed a good running catch on the boundary. In his very next over, Greaves got his second wicket as Mushfiqur missed a ramp shot.-ICC