Bangladesh v Oman, WT20 qualifier, Group A, Dharamsala March 12, 2016

Bangladesh brace for Oman's surprise factor


Match facts

Sunday, March 13, 2016
Start time 1930 local (1400 GMT)

Oman can ill afford a washout as Bangladesh are marginally ahead on net run rate © ICC/Getty Images

Big Picture

When the tournament's schedule was first announced, few would have given Oman a chance of qualifying ahead of Bangladesh and Ireland from their group. Having beaten Ireland in a last-over thriller, Oman, whose game against Netherlands was washed out, will head into their knockout clash against Bangladesh high on confidence. But confidence alone won't help them if the iffy Dharamsala weather intervenes. It has been raining for the last two days, and plenty more is forecast on match day. If there were to be another washout, Oman would endure heartbreak as Bangladesh are marginally ahead on net run rate.

Oman would rely on Zeeshan Maqsood and Khawar Ali to power them upfront, to give Jatinder Singh and Amir Ali an opportunity to lend the finishing touches. Ajay Lalcheta and Munis Ansari, whose action resembles Lasith Malinga's, will be key if Oman are to restrict Bangladesh's in-form batting unit.

That could be a herculean task if Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman tee off like they did against Ireland in eight overs before the rain came. Tamim, in particular, looks in fine touch, having made an unbeaten 83 and 47 against Netherlands and Ireland respectively. Sarkar and Sabbir would want to prolong their stay in the middle to take the pressure off the slightly out-of-touch Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan.

Bangladesh's bowling may be a concern with Arafat Sunny already in Chennai to conduct his bowling action test after being warned by the ICC. He could be missed on a slow pitch, but Bangladesh have variety as Shakib, Mahmudullah and even Nasir Hossain can cover up in his absence,

Form guide

Bangladesh WLWWW (last five completed matches, most recent first)

Watch out for

Soumya Sarkar is becoming an expert in getting the side off to fast starts, but he has also been guilty of frittering the early advantage, as was the case against Netherlands and Ireland. The game against Oman could be a good chance for him to bat deep into the innings and bring up a score of substance.

Amir Ali is a marketing manager at an Indian restaurant in Muscat but after his 17-ball 32 against Ireland, Bangladesh would have done well to mark him as one to watch out for in a high-pressure clash.

Team news

Against Ireland, Mohammad Mithun and Abu Hider replaced Nasir Hossain and Arafat Sunny. Bangladesh could retain this line-up, though Nasir's bowling is handy in the shorter version.

Bangladesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Sabbir Rahman, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim, 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Mohammad Mithun/Nasir Hossain, 8 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 9 Al-Amin Hossain, 10 Abu Hider, 11 Taskin Ahmed

Unless they spot something dramatically different in the pitch, Oman are unlikely to tinker with their starting XI

Oman (probable) 1 Zeeshan Maqsood, 2 Khawar Ali, 3 Jatinder Singh, 4 Adnan Ilyas, 5 Mehran Khan, 6 Aamir Kaleem, 7 Amir Ali, 8 Sultan Ahmed (capt. & wk), 9 Ajay Lalcheta, 10 Munis Ansari, 11 Bilal Khan

Pitch and conditions

There's more rain on the radar on Sunday. But despite being under covers for a long time on Friday, the pitch played well in the Bangladesh-Ireland game, though the bowlers preferred slower variations.

Stats and trivia

  • This is going to be the first Bangladesh-Oman cricket match at any level.
  • Tamim Iqbal is now 11 runs short of 1,000 T20I runs while Shakib remains at 979 runs.


"We won't be taking Oman lightly. We don't have much footage for them, but we will prepare as hard as we do for India and Pakistan."
Bangladesh bowling coach Heath Streak

"It is a win-win situation for us. If we win we go through to the next round, but unfortunately if we can't do that we have still achieved a lot in this tournament."
Oman vice-captain and left-arm spinner Aamir Kaleem

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Cricinfouser on March 13, 2016, 18:08 GMT

    Congrats Oman!!!! Better luck next time!!!

    Bangladesh needs to improve its middle order batting and also need to set a fifth bowler, else its beginning and end for them in the main tournament.

  • minhaz on March 13, 2016, 17:12 GMT

    BD are still trying to choose their best eleven and it is good to see that they have some room to test players here.

  • Adel on March 13, 2016, 16:51 GMT

    Heard so much about Oman and their big talks. But BD simply reduced their Bowlers to street level cricketers.

  • pranto on March 13, 2016, 15:57 GMT

    Thanks icc for providing some batting practice for tigers. Although the match is not over yet.Tigers should be careful with the ball.

  • Mehdi Hasan on March 13, 2016, 15:42 GMT

    i think Soumya should not use his muscle to hit the ball par, instead he should use his timing and placing shot, with quality opponent Soumya must rotate the strike and give more strike to Tamim, it is always timing , should not use to hit the ball hard.

  • Cricinfouser on March 13, 2016, 15:41 GMT

    With all batting pedigree Oman possessess, this run is reachable before 19th over.

  • Cricinfouser on March 13, 2016, 15:09 GMT

    good bowling by Oman in this difficult condition.

  •   Zahirshah Haidari on March 13, 2016, 15:02 GMT

    Looking forward to see Bangladesh in the main draw, because they are far better team than Oman, lots of support and love from Afghanistan,,,

  • Mahfujur Rahman on March 13, 2016, 14:02 GMT

    What do you think yourselves? Tigers? Grow up. T20 wasn't an aesthetic format of cricket for team Masrafee before Asia cup. Let them play and just enjoy the game.

  •   Gourango Roy on March 13, 2016, 14:01 GMT

    Go TIGER'S Go..:) I hope we win against Oman, and qualifiar super ten. . Now, Bangladesh is a horde.

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