Twitter Reactions: Scotland light up T20 World Cup opening day with a historic win over Bangladesh

Chris Greaves' all-round show grabbed the limelight.

Scotland v Bangladesh
Scotland v Bangladesh. (Photo Source: Twitter/T20 World Cup)

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Bangladesh came into the Group B games on the back of consecutive defeats at the hands of Sri Lanka and Ireland. On Sunday, October 17, Scotland handed them a six-run loss in Al Amerat. Following their series wins over Zimbabwe, Australia and New Zealand, the Tigers are straining to find a single win in the T20 World Cup. Scotland, on the other hand, were over the moon after the triumph.

Mahedi push Scotland back

After being put in to bat first, Scotland found it tough to get going initially. Mohammad Saifuddin nailed a Yorker to send back skipper Kyle Coetzer for a seven-ball duck. Matthew Cross and George Munsey tried to restore sanity with a 40-run stand before Mahedi Hasan trapped the former in front. Scotland were dealt with a body blow after Mahedi castled Munsey in the same over.

Munsey hit two sixes and fours apiece in his 23-ball 29. From 45 for one, Scotland slumped to 53 for six in a space of 4.2 overs. Shakib Al Hasan picked up two wickets and surpassed Lasith Malinga to become the all-time leading wicket-taker in T20Is. Chris Greaves and Mark Watt scripted their team’s recovery and took them to 140. Greaves top-scored for them with 45 runs off 28 balls.

Bangladesh crumble under pressure

Bangladesh made a horrid start to their run-chase as Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar couldn’t get into double digits. Bradley Wheal and Josh Davey picked up the early wickets as the Tigers managed only 25 runs in the first six overs. From there on, Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim took charge. Mushfiqur played his shots freely to push up Bangladesh’s run-rate. Shakib, however, got out to Greaves.

Greaves didn’t stop there and pinned Mushfiqur, who was looking ominous on 38. The onus was then on Mahmudullah and Afif Hossain to steady the ship as the required rate touched almost 11 with five overs left. Afif perished to Watt after looking good on 18. Nurul Hasan also perished in the quest to score quickly. Once Mahmudullah got out for 23, the writing was on the walls for the Tigers.

Here’s how the netizens reacted to Scotland’s win: