Bangladesh suffered a disastrous setback in their first match. With two games remaining, Bangladesh needs to make it count in both their matches and will be up against a very spirited Omanis cricket team. In the first match for the home team, a 10-wicket win against Papua New Guinea has helped them to reach the top of the table with a net run rate of +3.10. The two teams have played against each other once in T20Is, and Bangladesh have won that encounter.
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In the two matches played, it was a mixed bag. In the first match, Oman chased a target of 130 with ease and Scotland in the second match defended 140. However, in T20Is since 2020, on an average, 148 runs have been scored in the first innings in Al Amerat. Teams batting first and chasing have won five matches apiece.
There hasn’t been much difference between the pacers and spinners in T20Is since 2020 in Al Amerat. Just that, the spinners have had the slight upper hand. The pacers have bagged 47.8 percent of the wickets, and spinners have picked up 52.2 percent. In the rest of the aspects, both pacers and spinners have been neck-to-neck.
Shakib Al Hasan
One of the leading all-rounders in the shortest format of the game, Shakib Al Hasan, will be the key player for Bangladesh heading into this much-awaited clash. The left-arm spinner is the leading wicket-taker across the world in this form, with 108 wickets in 88 innings at an economy rate of 6.70. With the bat, the 34-year will play a vital role coming in at number three. Despite his recent struggle with the bat, the southpaw brings in years of experience and will be one of the key players to watch out for in this match.
Our Criclytics player projector predicts Shakib to score 14-20 runs and pick up 0-1 wickets in this match.
With four wickets for 20 runs in the inaugural match of the ICC World T20 against Papua New Guinea, Zeeshan Maqsood will be one of the players to watch out for in this content. The skipper of the Oman side has picked up 22 wickets at an economy rate of 6.67 and will be a vital cog in the bowling unit of the home side. The left-arm spinner will try to pick up crucial wickets in the middle overs and dent the batting unit of Bangladesh. Maqsood is handy with the bat as well and has scored 547 runs in 26 innings at an average of 24.86.
Our Criclytics player projector predicts Maqsood to score 18-28 runs and pick up 1-2 wickets in this match.
With plenty of exposure playing in the shortest format of the game after being part of the recently concluded Indian Premier League, Bangladesh would rely heavily on Mustafizur Rahman to provide the team with breakthroughs early in the innings. The left-arm pacer picked up 2/32 in the last match against Scotland and will be keen to produce a dominating performance in this much-awaited clash.
Our Criclytics player projector predicts Mustafirzur to pick up 0-1 wickets in this match.
After a destructive knock of unbeaten 73 off 42 deliveries against PNG in the opening encounter, Jatinder Singh will be one of the players to watch out for in this clash. With 770 runs in 29 innings at an average of 30.80, the right-handed batter will be keen to replicate his heroics from the first game into this crucial encounter.
Our Criclytics player projector predicts Singh to score 27-41 runs in this match.