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Muscat: In the Men’s Twenty-20 Cricket World Cup, Scotland beat Bangladesh by six runs in the second group B encounter in Muscat last night. Put into bat first, Scotland posted a score of 140 runs for the loss of nine wickets in stipulated 20 overs with the help of Chris Greaves' 45 off 28 balls.

For Bangladesh, Mahedi Hasan scalped three wickets, while Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman took two wickets apiece. With this Shakib has become the highest wicket-taker in T20Is with his 108th scalp, surpassing  Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga.  

In reply, Bangladesh finished 134 for seven in 20 overs with the contribution of Mushfiqur Rahim's 34 runs.  For Scotland, Brad Wheal picked up three while Chris Greaves took two wickets. Greaves was adjudged Player of the match for his all-round performance.

Earlier yesterday, in the opening match of group B, co-hosts Oman defeated Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets in Muscat. Chasing the victory target of 130 runs, Oman overhauled the score in 13.4 overs with 38 balls to spare. Earlier, put into bat, Papua New Guinea posted 129 for 9 in stipulated 20 overs.

The T20 World Cup began in Oman yesterday with qualifiers. The matches of the tournament are being played across four venues in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

The Men's T20 World Cup was earlier scheduled to be held in India but was shifted to the UAE and Oman. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) remains the hosts of the event. The UAE will host the Super 12 stage and the knockout games at three venues in Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi while Oman will host the Super 12 qualifier matches.

The top four teams from the qualifiers will join India, West Indies, Australia, South Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, England and New Zealand for Super 12 stage which will begin from 23rd of this month. Before the start of Super 12s, the top eight teams, which are qualified for main event, will play two warm-up games each.

India will play two warm-up games ahead of its titanic clash against arch-rivals Pakistan on 24th of this month in Dubai.

The Men in Blue will play its first warm-up match against England today, which will begin at 7:30 pm Indian time at Dubai International Stadium. India’s second practice match will be against Australia on Wednesday at same venue at 3:30 pm Indian time.




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