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Bangladesh confirmed their berth in the Super 12 stage of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021 with a thumping 84-run win over Papua New Guinea on Thursday. They lost their first match against Scotland and came back strongly with a 26-run win over Oman.

With 4 points now and a net run rate of +1.733, Bangladesh will proceed to the next round. Their place, either in Group 1 or Group 2, in the Super 12 stage will depend on the result of the Scotland-Oman match.

Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan. Credits: Bangladesh Cricket Board.

Talisman all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan starred in both the victories for Bangladesh. Against Oman, he scored 42 off 29 balls before snapping up a 3-wicket haul; against Papua New Guinea, the left-hander seemed unplayable, returning with extraordinary figures of 4/9 after he had played a 37-ball 46-run knock, having come in to bat at the loss of the first wicket for no run.

Skipper Mahmudullah, who failed to finish the chase versus Scotland, displayed his strength with a blazing innings of 50 runs in 28 balls against PNG. The form of senior batsman Mushfiqur Rahim though remains a worry.

Mahmudullah termed the win over PNG as a “much needed” one – they would have been almost knocked out had they lost. He thought it was a complete win for Bangladesh with dazzling performances in both the batting and bowling departments.

Mahmudullah. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

“This was much needed, the way we wanted to play today’s game, the intent was there from the batters, the wicket was better compared to the last two games they did a really good job, and the bowlers were equally good. We were concerned about two things – first six overs with both bat and ball, if we get a good start, we can really do well, that’s where the focus is. We are much more skilled hitters, rather than being big-hitters. We need to figure things out in the middle, communicate with others and start doing well,” Mahmudullah said.

Twitter congratulated Bangladesh for sealing a spot in the Super 12:

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