Match 6 in round 1 is going to be ‘Oman vs Bangladesh'. Bangladesh, many people's sure-fire favourites to qualify out of Group B, head into this match against Oman, needing a win to avoid the prospect of an early exit from the tournament.
The T20 format can act as a real leveller, particularly on slow and turning pitches that the UAE and Oman offer. It only takes one of the opposing batsmen to make a score or for a team to lose a cluster of wickets, and then it's game on.
This is exactly what happened to Bangladesh in their game against Scotland. Chris Greaves was able to score a quick 44, and the loss of key wickets at key times left the Bangladeshi side facing an uphill task to chase Scotland's total of 140. Despite trying everything they could in the final over, they fell short and lost by six wickets.
For Oman, they couldn't have wished for a better start, thrashing PNG by 10 wickets. Chasing PNG's modest total with over 6 overs to go, it was an emphatic victory for Oman. Through their style of victory, not only have Oman moved a step closer to qualifying for the Super 12 phase but have done their net run rate a world of good in case it comes to that.
Despite the loss to Scotland, Bangladesh are still the heavy favourites for the win at 1.22.
Oman vs Bangladesh T20 World Cup
Team News for Oman
Oman are playing this game on home soil at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground in Muscat. Oman entered the tournament ranked 18th in the world and are playing this year's tournament thanks to qualifying back in 2019. In front of a home crowd, they got off to a dream start in their opener against PNG, reducing the islanders to 0-2 before taking the final seven wickets for the loss of just 16 runs.
Stars with the ball were Zeeshan Maqsood and Bilal Khan. Khan is Oman's likeliest threat, and he can be backed at 2.75 to take over 1.5 wickets in this match.
Likely playing 11 of Oman
Kashyap Prajapati, Jatinder Singh, Aqib Ilyas, Ayan Khan, Zeeshan Maqsood, Suraj Kumar, Sandeep Goud, Naseem Khushi, Kaleemullah, Khawar Ali, Bilal Khan
Team News for Bangladesh
Bangladesh entered this year's T20 World Cup after playing the most T20 matches out of any side in the world. Confidence would have been high for the Tigers after recent series victories over Australia and New Zealand.
They got off to the dream start after reducing Scotland to 53/6, but some poor bowling saw the Scots reach a competitive total of 140. The chase started well, but some more lapses in concentration saw them lose wickets regularly. The inability of Bangladesh's batsmen to score quickly really hindered them, and they couldn't get to grips with the pitch, ultimately falling six runs short of Scotland's total.
Star for the Bangladesh side was Shakib Al Hasan, who took two wickets to become the all-time leading wicket-taker in international T20s. Al Hasan will be eying further scalps against an Oman side that Bangladesh should dominate, and odds of 2.00 for him to take over 1.5 match wickets could be one of the better bets around.
Likely playing 11 of Bangladesh
Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Nurul Hasan, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The match will be held in Oman, and the weather will be hot and sunny. The Al Amerat Cricket Ground is a relatively new stadium, hosting its first-ever T20 match back in 2020. Traditionally, it has been known to be a good pitch for batting, but like most pitches in this region, the pitch can become slow and aid the spinners.
In total, there have been 16 T20 matches held at the venue, with the team that chases winning 11 of the 16. There has only ever been one T20 century scored at the ground, and in a match that both teams will want to win, a bet on there not being a half-century wouldn't be a bad shout. This bet is priced at 3.50.
Betting Predictions for Oman vs Bangladesh
Let's take a look at a few important betting predictions for Oman vs Bangladesh:
Match Result Prediction
In normal circumstances, you would think Bangladesh would come out on top in this match-up almost each and every time, but there is a lot on the line in this contest. So it's not as easy as that!
Oman could book their Super 12 tickets if they were to pull off the upset. It would be a historical moment for all of Oman, and while on paper they will be looking at the Scotland game as a better chance of victory, they have nothing to lose here. They are long shots for this game priced at 4.33 for the win.
All of the pressure is on Bangladesh as they know they need a win to stay in the competition. Bangladesh can give anybody in the world a game on their day, but they might not get that opportunity if they don't get the job done here.
Bangladesh will be going against the crowd as well as having to deal with their own expectations. They have the experience and the players to win this match comfortably, and you have to side with them to get the win in what will be a tense and nervy game for anybody who has any allegiance to Bangladesh.
Match Winner: Bangladesh (1.22)
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Either team to win the toss can be backed at 1.91. On a pitch that should offer something to both batsmen and bowlers, the team that wins the toss will be looking to chase as the ground seems to favour the chasing team heavily. For the team that bats first, the average score in the first innings is 149, so anything around this number will be tough to chase, as demonstrated by Bangladesh's failure to reach the 140 set by Scotland.
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Top Batsman for Bangladesh
In a pivotal match, we always believe that any top batsmen bets should be placed on men in form. Heading into this match, the top scorer for Bangladesh in their first game was Mushfiqur Rahim, who scored 38 off 36 balls.
Batting at four, there is always a fear over how many balls he could face, but Oman have a strong bowling attack who have the skills and qualities to take early wickets, so Rahim could be in earlier than both he and his team would ideally like. A player that flies slightly under the radar, his odds of 4.75 to be his team's top batsman could be the value play of the day.
Mushfiqur Rahim to be Bangladesh's top run-scorer (4.75)
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