A half-century of runs and two key wickets for the all-rounder en-route to victory
All-rounder Chris Greaves was the hero as Scotland got their T20 World Cup campaign off to a dream start with a six-run victory over highly-fancied Bangladesh in Muscat.
The 31-year-old Greaves, in only his second T20 international, top-scored in his side’s 140 for nine and then took two crucial wickets with his leg spin as Scotland held their nerve in a tense finish.
“We were in a tough situation obviously,” Greaves told Sky Sports. “It was a just (a case of) re-building the innings at that stage and see where we could go from there.
“It was unbelievable that I could be that person, to be a part of that is incredible.
“It was my day I think. There will be many other days when any one of us in that squad can be a part of it. I’m just so glad I could contribute what I did.”
Put in to bat, Scotland were reeling at 53 for six in the 12th over before Greaves added 51 runs with Mark Watt, who struck 22 off 17 bolas, to post a respectable total which proved enough to earn them a shock result.
Bangladesh, fresh from T20 wins over Australia and New Zealand, went into the game as favourites to win the group and it looked to be going their way when Scotland lost their captain Kyle Coetzer for a duck in the third over, bowled by Mohammad Saifuddin.
George Munsey, who struck two sixes in his 29, and Matthew Cross steadied the innings with a 40-run second-wicket partnership before both perished in an over from Mahedi Hasan.
Richie Berrington, whose century helped the Scots beat Bangladesh in their only previous meeting, fell cheaply when he was caught at long-on off Shakib Al Hasan, who also removed Michael Leask for a duck.
Greaves then came to the rescue, hitting two sixes and four fours in his 28-ball knock to bring Scotland back into the contest.
Mais cedo, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan became the highest wicket-taker in men’s T20Is, overtaking Lasith Malinga’s total of 107 wickets.
The left-arm spin-bowling all-rounder is the first player in T20Is to score 1,000 runs and take 100 wickets and he was just starting to get into his flow with the bat when he became Greaves’ first victim.
Greaves then removed the dangerous Mushfiqur Rahim for 38 and finished with two for 19 while Brad Wheal claimed three for 24.
Needing 24 off the last over, Saifuddin and Mahedi combined for two fours and a six off Safyaan Sharif but were unable to get their side over the line.