T20 WC: We are taking it game by game, says Scotland captain ahead of PNG test

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Despite beating Bangladesh in the opening match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, Scotland are keeping their feet firmly on the ground before playing Papua New Guinea, according to all-rounder Michael Leask.

Muscat, Oman: Despite beating Bangladesh in the opening match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, Scotland are keeping their feet firmly on the ground before playing Papua New Guinea, according to all-rounder Michael Leask.


Lisk won his country’s 100th cap against Bangladesh, but in his second T20I, Chris Greaves proved the difference with 45 off 28 balls and two crucial wickets from Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim. Papua New Guinea lost to Oman by 10 wickets in their first hit-out, but Leask insisted Scotland had nothing to do with it when the two met on Tuesday at the Oman Cricket Academy Ground, Al Amarat, although many called him Watch as the new favourite. Progress to Top Group B and Super 12.


According to an official ICC release, Lisk said: “At the moment we are just trying to keep our feet on the ground, take every game as it comes. PNG is going to be very strong in the next game, and We have played against them many times and we know what they are going to bring.”


“They face their own challenges, very different to Bangladesh, but at the moment we want to take it game and day to day. We’re going to try and figure out what we want to do Next game and hopefully will take on Oman after that.”


It was not plain sailing for Scotland against Bangladesh as they struggled to 53 for six before Greaves’ heroics. Lisk said the team believes his team is full of match winners and ready to win ‘ugly’ if need be.
“In every game, someone has extended their hand, from 1 to 10 any one of them is a match winner with the bat and we trust every person,” he said.


Papua New Guinea were reduced to 129 for nine by Oman before Aaqib Ilyas scored 50 off 43 balls and Jatinder Singh of 73 off 42 balls chased down the target with 38 balls to spare.


Opener Lega Siaka admitted that he was surprised to see his next opponents beat Bangladesh, but expressed confidence that his side can find form at the right time to pick up results.


He said: “Surprised to hear the result of Scotland beating Bangladesh because we know Bangladesh are one of the best teams in the world, so it was upsetting. I am excited to beat Bangladesh and play against Scotland, we are Oman’s. Encouraging each other with the remaining two games after the game against.” (ANI)

First published:October 18, 2021, 10:58 pm

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