AL AMERAT, Oman, Oct 18, (AP): Scotland pulled off a major upset against Bangladesh with a six-run victory on the opening day of cricket’s Twenty20 World Cup. Chris Greaves first lifted Scotland to 140-9 after Bangladesh won the toss and their spinners had reduced the Scots to 53-6 in the 12th over. He then picked up the key wickets of Mushfiqur Rahim (38) and Shakib Al Hasan (20) with his leg-spin bowling, eventually restricting Bangladesh’s chase to 134-7.
The top two teams from each of the two groups in the first round will advance to the Super 12 stage that starts in the United Arab Emirates next Saturday. Bangladesh, favorites to qualify for Super 12, struggled against Scotland’s seam and spin and could hit only eight boundaries and four sixes. Medium pacers Brad Wheal (3-24) and Josh Davey (1-24), along with spinner Mark Watt (1-19) combined well, but it was Greaves’ two wickets in the middle overs which completely unsettled Bangladesh.
Calum MacLeod took a brilliant running catch at deep mid-wicket to dismiss Shakib and Mushfiqur played a reckless ramp shot and his leg stump was knocked back by Greaves’ googly. Curtis Campher became the third bowler to grab four wickets in four balls in a Twenty20 international as Ireland crushed the Netherlands by seven wickets in a World Cup Group A game on Monday In Abu Dhabi.
Campher’s outstanding feat helped him take 4-26 as the Netherlands were bowled out for 106 after captain Pieter Seelaar won the toss and elected to bat first. Ireland then cruised to 107-3 in 15.1 overs with Gareth Delany hitting 44 in 29 deliveries and Paul Stirling making an unbeaten 30 off 39 balls. Campher benefitted from the ICC’s decision to introduce the Decision Review System for the first time in a T20 World Cup, which allows teams to go for television referrals against two unsuccessful appeals in every game