Date: October 21, 2021
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Ministry Turf 1), Oman
Preview: Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea face each other in the final match of the sides at the T20 World Cup on Thursday. This is a must-win game for Bangladesh, in case they want to qualify easily to the next stage. Meanwhile, a loss in the game for the Tigers would mean a lot of permutation and combination to work in favour of them to make the inroads.
On the other hand, Papua New Guinea are already out of the top-2 race in their respective group, practically at least, so they have a good chance to win the game and upset Bangladesh.
Pitch Report: Out of the four matches of the 2021 T20 World Cup taken place at the surface of Al Amerat Cricket Ground, three have been won by the teams batting first. In the past two matches, teams, who have won the toss, opted to bat first and won the respective games easily. Hence, it would be safe to say that it is a bat first wicket.
Bangladesh: The Tigers are back in form, courtesy their comeback win over Oman in their previous game. Shakib Al Hasan's all-round performance has been sensational and Mahedi Hasan has been just another force to reckon with. However, the opening seems to be a concern for Bangladesh as Liton Das failed with scores of 5 and 6 in both the games. Though Mohammad Naim was the silver lining at the top in the recent game, the form of wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan is just another thing to worry for the Tigers.
Papua New Guinea: Things has definitely not gone well for the side as they have lost both their games played at the world event. While the game against Scotland was a bit close affair, their loss to Oman was one-sided. Even though the middle-order has done well, it is the failure of their openers that has kept them at bay. On the other hand, the bowling department also needs some more improvement. Meanwhile, the introduction of Chad Soper has reaped fruits for them and Kabua Morea has also gained form.
Bangladesh- Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Naim, Nasum Ahmed , Shoriful Islam, Shamim Hossain
Papua New Guinea- Tony Ura, Lega Siaka, Assad Vala (c), Charles Amini, Sese Bau, Simon Atai, Norman Vanua, Kiplin Doriga (wk), Chad Soper, Kabua Morea, Nosaina Pokana, Jason Kila, Hiri Hiri, Gaudi Toka, Damien Ravu
Conclusion: Bangladesh definitely look a much stronger side and they are the clear favourites to win the game.
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