Bangladesh 181 for 7 (Mahmudullah 50, Shakib 46, Morea 2-26) beat Papua New Guinea 97 (Doriga 46*, Shakib 4-9, Taskin 2-12) by 84 runs
Muscat: Al Amerat: Bangladesh recovered from their opening game loss to Scotland as they thrashed Papua New Guinea by 84 runs to enter the Super 12s of the ICC T20 World Cup here on Thursday.
Batting first, Bangladesh scored 181 for 7 with skipper Mahmudullah making 50 off 28 balls and Shakib Al Hasan contributing 46 off 37 balls.
In reply, Papua New Guinea could manage only 97 runs with Shakib picking up 4/9 from his four overs.
Electing to bat, Bangladesh lost opener Mohammad Naim (0), courtesy a stunning catch by Sese Bau at deep-square leg.
Liton Das (29) and Shakib rallied the innings with their 50-runs second wicket stand.
Bangladesh then lost the momentum but thanks to Mahmudullah, who brought them back into contention.
Mahmudullah hammered three maximums and as many boundaries as his knock helped the ‘Tigers’ to rebuild as 68 runs were added in the last five overs.
Chasing 182, Papua New Guinea was never on-course for a comfortable chase. They lost openers Lega Siaka (5) and skipper Assad Vala (6), cheaply, as they slipped to 13/2.
It was a procession for PNG batters, as Shakib, the wily-old fox, snared two wickets in the 5th over, as Bangladesh was eyeing a massive victory after reducing the opposition to 14/4.
While Shakib scalped another two, he was well complimented by young off-spinner Mahedi Hasan (1/20), as the inexperience of PNG batters came to the fore and they were reduced to 29/7.
The lower order did resist the inevitable but by then Bangladesh had booked their Super 12s berth.