Upsets are part and parcel of major tournaments but no one, or few, expected the first of the T20 World Cup to arrive on the opening night of the tournament.
Scotland had an okayish start to their innings against Bangladesh, reaching 45-1 at one point, but were still supposed to lose comfortably.
A few overs later, when they were 53-6 following a dramatic but expected collapse, the result was almost a foregone conclusion but this is when the Scottish tail came alive.
Chris Greaves (45) and Mark Watt’s 51-run partnership for the seventh wicket, coupled with some mini-cameos, propelled the score to 140-9.
The total wasn’t big but a combination of conditions, erratic batting by the Tigers, and some smart bowling by Scottish bowlers, especially Brad Wheal, did the job for them.
After such a massive result in a difficult game, now comes an easy assignment – the one they are supposed to win easily, but then that’s also what the Bangladeshis thought.
Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea were completely flat in their opener, not giving even an indication of putting up a fight against hosts Oman, who were 10-wicket winners in a successful run chase of 130.
Guinea’s problems began up top as both their openers were out for ducks. The next two batters, captain Assad Vala (56) and Charles Amini (37), put together an 81-run partnership but after those two no one else did anything of note as the team finished at 129-9.
The Guinea bowlers were as luckless and listless as their openers. No one found a single wicket as Oman’s openers had their way with them.
Guinea looks every bit a minnow as they’ve been billed. Will an improvement be seen anytime soon? Unlikely.