T20 World Cup: Scotland loss hurt us, win over Oman will settle our nerves – Bangladesh star Shakib Al Hasan

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T20 World Cup 2021: Shakib Al Hasan, who shone with an all-round effort on Tuesday against Oman, said Bangladesh were hurt after their shock loss to Scotland in the tournament opener.

Shakib Al Hasan shone in Bangladesh’s win over Oman at the T20 Wordl Cup (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Shakib Al Hasan’s all-round effort helped Bangladesh beat Oman on Tuesday
  • Bangladesh suffered a shock defeat to Scoland in the World Cup opener
  • Bangladesh need to beat PNG in their final game to qualify for the Super 12 stage
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan said the shock loss to Scotland in their T20 World Cup 2021 opener hurt the entire team badly and they found it hard to control their nerves against Oman on Tuesday. Bangladesh overcame a nervy phase to beat Oman by 26 runs and keep their hopes of progressing to the Super 12 stage of the tournament alive.

Bangladesh were stunned by Scotland on the opening day of the T20 World Cup as Mahmudullah’s side struggled with both the ball against a spirited side led by Kyle Coetzer. Chasing 141, Bangladesh never got going and lost Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim in the middle overs — a jolt from which they were never able to recover.

However, they brought in opener Mohammad Naim in place of Soumya Sarkar for their must-win match against Oman at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground on Tuesday. Naim stepped up and hit a 50-ball 64 following which Shakib hit 29-ball 42. Bangladesh posted 165 on the board and it proved too much in the end for Oman who showed flashes of brilliance in the chase.

Shakib shone with his all-round effort as he also picked up 3/28 as Oman were restricted to 127 for 9 in their quota of 20 overs.

“It hurt the whole team. We were not expecting it. But should give credit to Scotland. They were very confident before the game. It was pretty tough because the Scotland loss was hurting us,” Shakib said.

“Oman played good cricket. They were in the game for the most part. But we held our nerves. Credit to go to Oman the way they’re playing. They’re playing with a lot of heart. This win will settle our nerves.”

We need to improve a lot: Captain Mahmudullah

Bangladesh need to beat Papua New Guinea in their final Round 1 match and hope other results go their way to seal a spot in the Super 12.

Captain Mahmudullah conceded that Bangladesh have a lot to improve but stressed the win against Oman was important for their confidence.

“We need to improve in a lot of areas, but I’ll take the win. Delivering the win for the country is the most important thing and I hope they are happy,” he said.

Bangladesh face PNG in thief final Round 1 match on Thursday while Scotland face hosts Oman in a crucial match at the Al Amerat Stadium on the same day.

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