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T20 World Cup: First round favourite Bangladesh face Scotland

First round favourites Bangladesh will face
Scotland in the second game of the day at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground.

Bangladesh
once again enter through the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup’s First Round, having done
the same in the last two 16-team tournaments.

The Mahmudullah-led
unit have T20I series wins over Australia and New Zealand, from the last three
months, to draw confidence from.

Appearing
at three T20 World Cups, Scotland’s record of just one win in seven matches is
perhaps a little unfair.

Since their
disappointing campaign in India, the Scottish side have won the 16 of their 30
T20I matches and qualified for this year’s tournament after a thumping 90-run
do-or-die victory over UAE in Dubai.

As far as
head to head games are concerned, Scotland have won the sole T20I between the
two sides.

Bangladesh captain
has been in fine touch during their home series against Australia and New
Zealand. Meanwhile, experience of Shakib-al-Hasan and Mushfiqur Raheem will
come in handy for the Bengal Tigers.

Meanwhile, Scotland
will be heavily relying on George Munsey whose T20I career
strike rate of 153.36 speaks volumes of his big-hitting ability.

The
left-hand batter with the low grip can clear the infield with ease, both
against pace and spin, and could give the likes of Berrington and Coetzer the
right platform.

Possible XI

Bangladesh:
Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah (captain),
Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wicketkeeper), Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Shoriful
Islam, and Mustafizur Rahman.

Scotland: George
Munsey, Kyle Coetzer (captain), Matthew Cross (wicketkeeper), Richie
Berrington, Calum MacLeod, Dylan Budge, Michael Leask, Mark Watt, Safyaan
Sharif, Josh Davey and Alasdair Evans.

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