Twitter Reactions: Scotland light up T20 World Cup opening day with a historic win over Bangladesh
Chris Greaves' all-round show grabbed the limelight.
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:
This is gonna hurt. This should hurt.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 17, 2021
First upset of #T20WorldCup on the first day itself?
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) October 17, 2021
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) October 17, 2021
Bangladesh came into the World Cup having won a T20 series vs Australia,NZ & Zimbabwe. Credit to Scotland for playing superbly & more importantly being so good in the field.
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) October 17, 2021
Has BCB president Nazmul Hasan already criticised the team already?
— Venkata Krishna B (@venkatatweets) October 17, 2021
Scotland have defeated Bangladesh. What a victory for Scotland, from being 56/6 in batting to beating Bangladesh. Associate nations are making their mark pretty handsomely in T20 World Cup.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) October 17, 2021
Scotland have got this World Cup to a lightening start. To beat a bigger team is a big deal, to do so after being 53 for 6 at the halfway mark is sensational #BANvSCO
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) October 17, 2021
Day one and already a giant killing. Scotland pull off a sensational win over Bangladesh – with South Africa-born and raised Chris Greaves playing a starring role.
— Derek Alberts (@derekalberts1) October 17, 2021
#Scotland too good for Bangladesh tonight as they win by 6 runs.
— Israr Ahmed Hashmi (@IamIsrarHashmi) October 17, 2021
— KRK (@kamaalrkhan) October 17, 2021
Scotland beat Bangladesh! Not an upset. In-form side beats a side looking for conditions in their favour to win.
To come from being 53/6 to post that score and then bowl that well. Well played Scotland. Chris Greaves was the hero of the day for them.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) October 17, 2021
What a remarkable performance by Scotland!! Bangladeshi batters lost the game in the early overs. Scotland now have a 100% win record against Bangladesh in T20Is. #T20WorldCup
— Saif Hasnat (@saifhasnat) October 17, 2021
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 17, 2021
That is a seriously impressive effort with the ball by Scotland. Bangladesh were strangled from the first over and despite that last over hitting, never really looked like getting the runs. Brilliant win for the Scots #T20WorldCup
— Rob Johnston (@RobJ_Cricket) October 17, 2021
That is some win for @CricketScotland . From 53 for 6. They’ve been a very competitive team for a few years now.
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) October 17, 2021
Dashami for @BCBtigers this will hurt.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) October 17, 2021
What a night for you, @CricketScotland. The bowling and catching in the last few overs was top class. To come.back from where you were is so creditable. Look forward to watching more of you.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 17, 2021
Even better for Scotland than them beating Bangladesh is winning while far from their best. To win from 53-6 against world no 6 team is a special effort
— Tim Wigmore (@timwig) October 17, 2021
— Danny Morrison (@SteelyDan66) October 17, 2021