Having done enough over the years to shed the underdogs tag, in-form Bangladesh will start as favourites in Group B in Round 1 as they open their T20 World Cup campaign against Scotland in Oman on Sunday.
Bangladesh have been drawn alongside Scotland, Oman and Papua New Guinea in the first round and going by recent form, they are expected to top the group and qualify for the Super 12 stage. Bangladesh are coming into the tournament with nine T20I wins in the calendar year, only behind South Africa who have 12.
The T20 World Cup has not been a happy hunting ground for Bangladesh. After their success in the inaugural edition in 2007, when they made it to Super 8s, the Tigers have failed to register a single win in the 2009, 2010 and 2012 editions.
Bangladesh returned to winning ways in 2014 when the event was expanded to 16 teams, topping Group A in the first round only to lose all four matches in the Super 10 stage. It was a similar story in 2016, where they crashed out in heartbreak after a devastating loss to India.
But Bangladesh have struck form just at the right time and justifiably sit sixth on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I team rankings, ahead of the likes of Australia, West Indies and Afghanistan. Their series wins over Australia and New Zealand this year -- their maiden series wins over either nation -- are testament to how well they are playing in 2021.
With a mix of experience and youth in the side, Bangladesh have all the ingredients to go deep into the tournament.
When and where will T20 World Cup match between Bangladesh and Scotland be played?
The T20 World Cup Group B match between Bangladesh and Scotland will be played in Oman from 7:30 pm IST on October 17.
Where can I watch the T20 World Cup Round 1 match between Bangladesh and Scotland?
Star Sports will provide live television coverage of the T20 World Cup matches.
How can I watch the T20 World Cup Round 1 match between Bangladesh and Scotland live online?
Hotstar will provide live streaming of T20 World Cup matches in India.