That was a huge win for the Scots, an upset to be sure, but tell that to Coetzer and his team. This outcome has completely opened up Group B. Bangladesh is solely responsible for their own actions. They had two home series wins coming into this event, but both were on very sub-par pitches where hitting was a lottery. Despite overcoming New Zealand and Australia’s second-string teams, you had the feeling it wouldn’t be the best preparation for a competition like the World Cup. Defeats to Ireland (warm-up game) and today’s defeat reaffirm that belief. In this style, their batting has always been their weakest suit, and as Mahmudullah stated, they must rectify it as soon as possible. We hope you liked our coverage of the match. We had a lot of fun presenting it to you.
Credit to the Bangladesh bowlers, they displayed high class talents. They did blow us away a bit. But you can’t count any team out in T20s. We have a lot of conviction in our batting depth, we do feel we can all smash the ball a long way. Greaves and Watt showed it. It was tough, there was plenty of moisture. I felt our fielders tackled it well apart from me, full credit to them. It (lower order fightback) merely proves that we can win a game from any position. We fought back with some terrific knocks and this is a wonderful confidence builder. We recognise that we have to play really well to beat sides. We obviously didn’t play to our full ability tonight against a talented Bangladesh team.
I thought the wicket was pretty excellent and 140 was gettable. We were missing that one huge over in the middle. Bowlers did their job extremely well but the batting unit weren’t good enough tonight. (If Bangladesh were complacent when Scotland were 53/6) Don’t think so, we were only one wicket away. Credit goes to their batsmen, they had a nice finish. Yeah, when you can’t chase 140, there has to be a look-in, need to rectify the faults. We still need to remain optimistic and figure out where we made mistakes, and not try to repeat them. Beautiful pitch to bat on, amazing ground and audience, we need to pull our socks up and play better cricket.
Chris Greaves Man of the Match
We were in a terrible predicament. The aim was to rebuild and see where we can reach from there. Unbelievable that I could be that person (to give), fantastic. With the score on the board you gained something to bowl at. The power-hitting straight through our side is tremendous. So yes, after we reached that total, with our bowling line-up, we backed it and… fantastic game. It was my day. There would be many other days when any one of us could perform well. Glad that I contributed. Incredible to be a Scottish cricketer nowadays. So many words I could put to use. Enjoyable. Take one day at a time and hopefully many more triumphs to come.
This is a robbery, a spectacular one at that. At 53/6 in the first half, Scotland were down for the count. Bangladesh would have not only scented a win but also thought about increasing their net run rate. This is T20 though, weird things happen here all the time. Greaves and Watt brought the Scots to 140 and while it was a below-par total, it was respectable for sure. Bangladesh started shakily, losing their openers in the powerplay and there was just no energy in the opening six overs. Rahim and Shakib tried to fix things but once that relationship was destroyed (by Greaves again, who else), things went crazy for the Asian side. Both set batters fell to Greaves in his consecutive overs and Scotland never really let up their hold over the game thereafter. There was dew, and that makes this attempt from Scotland all the more admirable. A top, top win.