Unheralded Scot stars in shock T20 World Cup win

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Bangladesh's T20 World Cup run has gotten disconnected to a fearfulness commencement aft being stunned by a spirited Scotland outfit successful its tourney opener.

The Scots were staring down the tube of a dense decision erstwhile they recovered themselves astatine 6-53 batting archetypal earlier a match-winning all-round battle from Chris Greaves.

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Greaves lifted his broadside to a competitory people of 7-140 disconnected their allotted 20 overs with a blistering 45 disconnected conscionable 28 deliveries earlier finishing with figures of 2-19 disconnected 3 overs with the shot arsenic Scotland held connected for a six-run win.

The Player of the Match-winning show capped an unthinkable emergence for the 31-year-old who was playing successful conscionable his 2nd planetary lucifer for Scotland, and had struggled to support his cricketing imagination live during the pandemic.

Greaves was awarded the Player of the Match for his 45-run, two-wicket show (Getty)

"I americium truly arrogant of Greaves," Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer said. "He truly sacrificed a lot. He was delivering parcels for Amazon not excessively agelong ago, and present is getting Player of the Match against Bangladesh.

"I americium not definite if helium volition admit maine saying this. Seeing the show from Mark Watt and Chris Greaves with the bat today, they are lesser-known radical who had to marque galore sacrifices to get to wherever they are today.

"Greaves isn't a contracted subordinate successful Scotland. He was connected the fringes. He enactment his manus up, worked highly hard and enactment himself successful the picture. Going backmost a month, helium wouldn't adjacent commencement successful 1 of these games. Look astatine what helium has done. It is conscionable impervious successful the pudding that determination are immoderate prime players astir Associate cricket. They conscionable request the level to amusement it."

Following his side's daze loss, Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah expressed vexation with his side's deficiency of aggressiveness successful the tally chase.

Scotland's Mark Watt celebrates the wicket of Bangladesh's Afif Hossain (Getty)

"I americium precise overmuch frustrated," Mahmudullah said. "Our batting is simply a concern. We person to bat better. We person to play assertive cricket, careless of the situation. We person a heavy batting line-up, with Mohammad Saifuddin astatine No. 9. We whitethorn request to deliberation implicit immoderate changes tomorrow.

"We didn't deliberately bat slowly. We couldn't deed those boundaries. We person to bat amended adjacent time. A batch of things volition travel up since we mislaid the game. I deliberation we didn't play good today, but we are a bully T20 team. We person the capability. When we play our champion cricket, we tin triumph games.

"I deliberation the bowlers were connected the close track. We had them astatine 53 for 6, but past they had a bully partnership. They played amended cricket than us. We were conscionable not bully capable tonight.

"Mahedi [Hasan] and Shakib bowled precise well. Maybe we could person bowled amended successful the decease overs, but our batting was truly bad. If we don't instrumentality banal of it, it won't get america thing good."

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