About the Match
Bangladesh sit comfortably at the top of Group A in the qualifiers with 3 points after two matches, their last match against Ireland being washed away by rain; they will now take on Oman in the upcoming match at Dharamsala on 13th March. Oman, which is placed second on the table with 3 points after two matches has done well to defeat teams like Ireland and will be eager to perform well here too. It needs to be seen if Bangladesh can continue with its winning momentum or if they are heading for a major upset here on Sunday; both teams have good resources and we will definitely see some fireworks across the park, provided weather doesn’t play spoilsport yet again.
Although the match against Ireland was abandoned, Bangladeshi batsmen exhibited their talent and determination to emerge right on top of any crunch situation; Tamim Iqbal, who is in terrific form, scored a well-made 47 off 26, and along with Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman posted 94 runs on board before the rains came tumbling down.
Against Netherlands, they combined well to put up 153 runs, with Tamim Iqbal emerging as the top-scorer with a brilliant 83 off just 58 deliveries. The bowling effort was superb as Al-Amin Hossain, Nasir Hossain and Mashrafe Mortaza took 4 wickets between them and Shakib Al Hasan contributed with 2 more scalps to stifle the opponents and win the match by a close margin of 8 runs.
Their batting effort needs to improve and they must equally share the burden of scoring the big runs; the middle-order has to pull up its socks and help in keeping the scoreboard ticking. There is a shadow of doubt on the bowling actions of bowlers like Sunny and Taskin Ahmed; but they have enough firepower in the squad to keep their campaign going strong.
Oman started its qualifying round with a close win against Ireland as they successfully chased down 155 runs, thanks to a combined effort from the top-order batsmen Zeeshan Maqsood, Khawar Ali and Jatinder Singh who kept the scoreboard ticking. Amir Ali down the order also contributed with a quick fire 32 off 17 balls to help the team cross the finish line. Earlier, the bowlers stunned the Irish batsmen with quick dismissals and restricted them to 154 runs.
Munis Ansari was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed 3-37 and with support from Aamir Kaleem and Amir Ali, who picked up a wicket each, Oman was successful in limiting the opponents to an achievable total. Their victory has boosted the morale of the players but they now need to gear up for the challenge that’s coming ahead on Sunday.
They have a good batting line-up, who are sticking to basics and understand the importance of strong partnerships; the middle-order also must focus on stabilizing the innings here. Bowling department has done well and they must be cautious not to give away too many runs to Bangladesh here.
Both teams have good resources and they can put up a stiff challenge to the opposition here; although Oman will fight hard to win this crucial match, we feel Bangladesh with its experienced team, is better placed to win the match on Sunday