Bangladesh took on Oman in the last encounter of the Super-10 Qualifiers on Sunday at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala and produced a spectacular all round performance to make it through to the Super-10 defeating Oman. Bangladesh notched up a score of 180 for the loss of just 2 wickets in their 20 overs and then restricted Oman to 65-9 in 12 overs in a rain-curtailed match after Oman were given a target of 120 runs in 12 overs. Thus Bangladesh won the match comprehensively by 54 runs(D/L Method). Here we have listed down the five major talking points of the match
1) Oman made a spirited start with the ball : Oman bowled tight line and length with some assistance from the pitch and the conditions to restrict Bangladesh to just 29-0 in the first 6 overs of Power-Play. Bilal Khan –the left arm quick and Amir Ali-the right arm off-spinner, both bowled superb spells in the Power-Play.
2) Tamim Iqbal’s Century : Tamim Iqbal played a superb innings to notch up his first T20I Century and the 7th Century in the history of World T20. His innings was star studded with 10 fours and 5 sixes. He started slowly in the beginning but then paced up his innings with some classy late curts off the spinners some lusty blows off the pacers. He remained unbeaten on 103(63).
3) Shakib and Shabbir’s Supporting innings : Soumya Sarkar was the only Bangladeshi batsmen who seemed to struggle on this pitch being dismissed for 12(22). However Shabbir Rahman and Shakib-Al-Hasan ensured that Tamim Iqbal does not fall short off partners. First Shabbir played a quick-fire 44(26) and then Shakib produced the finishing touch scoring 17 off just 9 deliveries.
4) Bangladeshi bowlers Strike early : The Bangladeshi bowling duo of Taskin Ahmed and Al-Amin made early in-roads into the Oman batting line up as they reduced Oman to 14-2 within the first four overs. First, it was Taskin Ahmed who removed Oman’s most destructive batsman Zeeshan Maqsood for a duck on the very 2nd ball of his innings. Then to follow it up, Al-Amin dismissed the other opener Khawar Ali for 8(14) in the 4th Over.
5) Shakib’s Destructive spell after Rain played its part: Rain interrupted the Oman innings midway twice. First it was curtailed to 16 overs with a target of 150 runs and then it was curtailed to 12 overs with a target of 120 runs after another interruption due to rain. Shakib picked up 4 wickets in his 2 overs after rain interruption. He ended with figures of 4-15 in 3 overs.