Bangladesh and Sri Lanka qualify for WCup Super 12

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AL AMERAT, Oman, Oct 21, (AP): Shakib Al Hasan’s brilliant allround performance helped Bangladesh advance in the T20 World Cup after beating Papua New Guinea by 84 runs on Thursday. Shakib made 46 runs off 28 balls in Bangladesh’s impressive total of 181- 7, then the world’s leading wicket-taker in T20s took 4-9, slicing through an inexperienced PNG top order. The T20 World Cup debutants were bowled out for 97 in 19.3 overs. The thumping win ensured Bangladesh’s place in the Super 12 from Group B on net run-rate with two wins from three games. “It was much needed (the win),” Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah said. “The intent was there from the batters … the wicket was better in comparison, so the batters did well to get 180.” PNG were reduced to 7-29 within 11 overs and No. 8 batsman Kiplin Doriga lashed out with 46 not out for nearly half of their runs. Shakib, introduced in the batting powerplay, dismissed Charles Amini and Simon Atai in his first over as Bangladesh held onto some superb catches. Sese Bau holed out to long on off Shakib and the left-arm spinner rounded off his spell by seeing Hiri Hiri caught behind off a mistimed slog sweep for a duck in his T20 World Cup debut.

Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman bowls during the Cricket Twenty20 World Cup match between Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea in Muscat, Oman. (AP)

Earlier, Mahmudullah top-scored with 50 off 28 balls and Shakib hammered three sixes in a daunting Bangladesh total. PNG skipper Assad Vala and fast bowler Kabua Morea finished with identical figures of 2-26, but medium fast bowler Chad Soper conceded 53 runs off his four overs without a wicket. “We just couldn’t execute our death bowling under pressure,” Vala said. “We can take back executing our skills under pressure, we weren’t good enough. Next time if we get the opportunity, we’ll try to change it.” Sri Lanka advanced to the Super 12 stage by beating Ireland by 70 runs, led by allrounder Wanindu Hasaranga’s 71 off 47 balls in Abu Dhabi. The win meant the Netherlands were eliminated from Group A after Namibia had earlier defeated the Dutch team by six wickets. Sri Lanka slipped to 8-3 inside the first 10 deliveries before Hasaranga and opener Pathum Nissanka (61) wiped out Ireland hopes and carried the former champions to a daunting 171-7. Ireland were bowled out for 101 all out with nine balls to spare despite Sri Lanka dropping a couple of easy catches.

Only captain Andy Balbirnie (41) and Curtis Campher (24) reached double figures as Ireland crumbled against Sri Lankan pace and spin. “Of course it was a concern at 8 for 3, but they put on an awesome partnership,” captain Dasun Shanaka said while praising Hasaranga and Nissanka’s century stand. “Have to look at top-order batting, but other areas are okay, though fielding has been poor as well.” Hasaranga, promoted in the batting order at No. 5, smashed 10 fours and a six and raised a 123-run stand as Sri Lanka recovered from a top order collapse as it did against Namibia in the first game. Fast bowler Josh Little (4-23) had clean bowled Dinesh Chandimal (6) and Avishka Fernando in the second over after Kusal Perera was caught low in the covers by Gareth Delany in Paul Stirling’s first over. Hasaranga was finally caught at point off Mark Adair’s (2-35) slower delivery in the 16th over before Little grabbed two more wickets that included the wicket of Nissanka, who was caught behind. The winners of Ireland vs. Namibia on Friday will join Sri Lanka in advancing to the Super 12 stage.

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