Twitter erupts as Scotland produce a huge upset; Bangladesh go down by 6 runs


Scotland were off to a poor start with the bat, losing skipper Kyle Coetzer in the third over. Runs came in with great difficulty for the Scots, with Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin making life incredibly difficult with the new ball.  Matthew Cross and George Munsey got a small partnership going, adding 40 runs, that stabilized the innings momentarily.

However, the Scottish middle order did not themselves much after Mahedi Hasan dismissed both Cross and Munsey in the same over. They lost three more wickets in a space of 5 deliveries, losing Richie Berrington Michael Leask and Calum MacLeod. They were reduced to 52/6, in dire need of a big partnership to take them through to a decent total.

Chris Greaves provided that much-needed spark for Scotland, scoring a 28-ball 45, including 4 fours and 2 sixes. He added a much-needed 51-run partnership with Mark Watt, before giving Scotland a stellar finish in the final three overs. Greaves, in the company of Josh Davey and Safyaan Sharif, helped his side get 36 runs in the last three overs, helping them finish with 140/9.

Chris Greaves

Greaves scored a 28-ball 45 to help Scotland get to 140 runs.

Mehedi Hasan returned with figures of 3/19 in his 4, with Shakib and Mustafizur picking two each.

Chris Greaves does it with the ball as well

Bangladesh lost both their openers, Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar, inside the first four overs, with Bradley Wheal and Josh Davey doing the damage. Run scoring got a little difficult for Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim in the next few overs, but as they approached the halfway mark, Mushfiqur upped the gear.

Just when the partnership between these two big stalwarts of Bangladesh was getting better, the star with the bat Chris Greaves, dismissed both of them in a space of two overs. The required rate kept bouncing out of their reach post then, despite Afif Hossain and Mehedi Hasan’s late flourish.

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Skipper Mahmudullah found no real connection on the day, and struggled to see the game through. Hasan’s final overexploits helped them reduce the deficit, but the defeat was almost inevitable.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to Scotland registering the first big upset of the tournament.