The ongoing 9th match of T20 World Cup 2021 taking place between Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea holds a lot of importance for both the two sides. While PNG are still longing to register their first win in the edition, the Tigers, on the other hand, need a win out of the game to secure a berth and avoid any sort of problem. The intent form both the sides are evident from the word go as players of both the teams are giving their all on the ground to help their side get an edge over the other.
It all started with Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah winning the toss and opting to bat first in the game. PNG were in the game since the start as Mohammad Naim was sent back to pavilion on just the second ball of the innings. Shakib Al Hasan came to bat next and held one end tight with his valuable knock before PNG's Charles Amini could take a blinder at long on to end Shakib's innings.
After hitting a six to Assad Vala already in the 14th over, Shakib tried to hoick another one out of the boundary line but he mistimed the ball. The trajectory of the ball was dying down just before meeting the Charles Amini at long on who was already running to his right to convert that into a catch. Sensing he had very less time in the final moment, Amini put an amazing dive to catch the ball just before it could touch the ground. The spectators and the teams were stunned after witnessing the blinder, while Shakib was livid with himself and his luck.
Watch the catch here:
Bangladesh score 181/7 against PNG
Shakib departed after a well-made 46 off 37, in innings that was laced with three sixes. Later, Mahmudullah's 50 off just 28 balls propelled Bangladesh towards a good score as other batters also chipped in with their useful cameos. Afif Hossain scored 21 off 14, while Mohammad Saifuddin scored 19* off 6 balls. Kabua Morea was the standout performer with the ball for PNG with figures of 2/26 in four overs. Assad Vala also helped the cause with 2/26 in three overs.