About the Match
With 3 points on the board, Bangladesh is placed at the 3rd position in group A and will go up against Scotland, who have 0 points and placed at the bottom of the table, on 5th March at the Saxton Stadium, Nelson. Bangladesh has had a mixed run so far but they gained a point’s advantage in their game against Australia as it was abandoned due to rain. For Scotland, it’s an uphill task to gather two crucial points but they will be eager to put up a valiant effort here; the upcoming match will surely be very exciting to watch as the teams put their best foot forward on Thursday.
Bangladesh suffered defeat against Sri Lanka by 92 runs in the last match as they were bowled out for just 240 runs chasing a target of 332; Sabbir Rahman top scored with 53 off 62 balls, Shakib Al Hasan scored 46 off 59 and Mushfiqur Rahim scored 36 off 39 but they could not reach the massive total. On the bowling front, barring Mashrafe Mortaza, who was unlucky not to pick up a wicket or two in his first spell, rest of the bowlers performed below par; coupled with poor fielding, the team looked to be in tatters. They had a good beginning as they beat Afghanistan by 105 runs; although the top order didn’t do well, experienced players Mushfiqur Rahim’s 71 and Shakib Al Hasan’s 63 bailed the side out of trouble with a century stand. The bowlers then rattled the Afghans bowling them out for 162. The squad features quite a few talented players such as Shakib Al Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Taskin Ahmed and others; if they can provide a collective performance and improve their execution, this team can definitely move ahead.
Scotland has lost three straight matches, their last defeat being against Afghanistan by 1 wicket with just 3 balls to spare; they were all out for 210 batting first with Matt Machan and Majid Haq both scoring 31. The other batsmen failed to keep the scoreboard ticking but the bowlers backed the performance by reducing Afghanistan to 97/7. Berrington was the pick of the bowlers as he registered his career best figures 4-40; Davey and Evans supported him well by scalping two wickets each. However they could not control Afghanistan batsmen, who went on to score the winning runs. Against England, only Kyle Coetzer’s splendid 71 and Mommsen’s 26 were the highlights with the bat and the hard-hitting Calum MacLeod is yet to click. Kyle Coetzer, Calum MacLeod, Matt Machan, Preston Mommsen and Richie Berrington will be crucial to their fortune here; the bowling department is in form with bowlers Josh Davey doing well and taking wickets consistently along with Iian Wardlaw, Alasdair Evans and Majid Haq. They will need to be more confidence and use their strengths to win the upcoming match and survive here.
Although Afghanistan has the ability to pack a punch against the strongest opponents, Australia is a better balanced side and has the advantage of experience and match-winning tactics. With the competition getting heated up, Australia will surely go for the kill and win this match convincingly.
Bangladesh, 1.22 @ Bet365