Oman had been considered the weakest team of the group but now they are all that stands between Bangladesh and a berth in the Super 10s.
The team from the Arabian Peninsula managed to beat Ireland in their first match of a big tournament before bagging a point from the washed out match against the Netherlands on Friday.
The newcomers are now level on points with Bangladesh. Both the teams has 3 points in two matches.
The match which was supposed to be the easiest for Bangladesh, has now turned out to be a decider in the qualifiers.
“The last match is definitely a pressure match for us. Oman are playing good cricket. It’s actually good to see them play like this,” Mashrafe said after their match against the Irishmen was abandoned due to rain on Friday.
“Although we are ahead on run rate, both the teams have 3 points. But we are confident that we can do well if we keep playing the way we are.”
The match is set to start at 8pm Bangladesh Standard Time in Dharamsala on Sunday.
In case the match is abandoned, Group A leaders Mashrafe and his men will go through thanks to their advantage on run rate (Bangladesh +0.400, Oman +0.283).
It will be Oman’s first match against a Test-playing nation. Bangladesh have little idea about the team. But Mashrafe wants to treat them as any other big team.
“We never played against Oman. But we’ve seen their whole match against Ireland. They are very good as a team. And in T20s, things can change in an over or two.
“I hope there won’t be any problem if we play professionally. Definitely we have to give our best. We are devising strategies for them in the way we play against big teams.”