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Shakib guides Bangladesh to thrash PNG, secure Super 12 spot


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Shakib al Hasan’s four-fer and 46 runs from 37 balls steered Bangladesh to secure Super 12 spot by thrashing Papua New Guinea for 84 runs in their last qualifying round game at Al Amerat Cricket Ground, Oman.

In pursuit of 182, Papua New Guinea managed to score 97 runs after getting all-out. Bangladesh bowlers botched the top-orders as they returned four batters during the powerplay.

Mohammad Saifuddin made the first strike removing opener Lega Siaka by trapping in LBW. Followed by Taskin Ahmed and Shakib al Hasan's blow.

Shakib returned Charles Amini (1), Sese Bau (7), Simon Atai (0) and Hiri Hiri for 8 runs and outclassed PNG with 29 for 7. The southpaw finished his third-best bowling figure of 4-9 with an economy of 2.25.

Shakib has joined Pakistan's Shahid Afridi as the leading wicket-taker of T20 World Cup with 39 scalps in T20's showpiece event.

Taskin and Saifuddin bagged two wickets each while Mahedi Hasan took one wicket for Tigers. Wicket-keeper batsman Kiplin Doriga scored the highest run of 46 runs off 34 balls for the side.

Earlier, Bangladesh managed to put 181 runs losing 7 wickets on the board after opting to bat first. Though they did not start well as the Tigers received the first blow after the opener Mohammad Naim was dismissed for naught with a catch in the deep square leg off Kabua Morea.

Shakib and Liton Das amassed a 50-run partnership which lifted the gameplay, however, Liton was removed for 29 by Assad Vala.

Mushfiqur Rahim also departed early after playing a brief innings of 5 runs. Meanwhile, Shakib continued with Mahmudullah Riyad added 29 runs for the fourth wicket stand.

Vala scalped his second wicket by removing Shakib for 46 runs, the all-rounder faced 37 balls featured three sixes before being sent to the pavilion.

Then skipper Mahmudullah played a stormy innings of 50 off 28 hitting three 4's and three sixes with Afif Hossain who scored 21 runs. 

Saifuddin played a cameo innings 19 off 6 deliveries with two sixes and a boundary at the end of the allotted 20 overs.

Scotland, who beat Bangladesh in their opening match and have two wins in as many games, take on Oman in the second match of the day to decide the second team to fill a Super 12 spot from Group B.