World T20, 10th Match, First Round Group A: Bangladesh v Hong Kong
Irfan Ahmed 34
Munir Dar 36
Shakib Al Hasan 3-9
Bangladesh survived a stunning batting collapse against Hong Kong to reach Super 10s of the World T20 dumping Nepal out on Thursday but lost the match.
Hong Kong failed to reach the target of 109 in 13.1 overs against the hosts in their last World Twenty20 qualifier but won the match against Bangladesh by 2 wickets.
They were 73 for 5 in 14 overs with Niazat Khan (8) and Munir Dar (15) at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.
The score of Hong Kong is now 100 for 8 wickets after 18.3 overs.
Bangladesh 108 (16.3/20 ov)
Shakib Al Hasan 34
Anamul Haque 26
Nadeem Ahmed 4-21
Tanwir Afzal 2-24
Bangladesh lost wickets thick and fast to be in danger of being bowled out before their quota against Hong Kong in their last World Twenty20 qualifier on Thursday.
The Tigers have set a total of 108. If Hong Kong manages to reach the total inside 13 overs, Bangladesh will be out and Nepal will go through to Super 10.
Mahmudullah was clean bowled by Nadeem Ahmed while skipper Mushfiqur Rahim was out caught to a leading edge off Nizakat Khan.
Farhad Reza (0), Abdur Razzak (0) were caught behind to keep the Tigers on the slide.
Before him, skipper Mushfiqur Rahim ( 23), who was dropped on 22, slogged at a wide delivery and holed out to extra cover.
Shakib Al Hasan, who was muscling Tigers through, got caught at deep mid-wicket in an attempt to clear the ropes.
However, he had accelerated the Bangladeshi innings against Hong Kong maintaining a run rate beyond eight runs an over. Bangladesh were 87/4 in 11 overs.
A mad bat swing brought the end for Anamul Haque after Bangladesh reached 50 runs in the sixth over.
Anamul chopped a delivery onto his stumps after two consecutive boundaries after Tanwir Afzal and dismissed Tamim Iqbal and Sabbir Rahman in the opening over.
Birthday boy Tamim Iqbal (0) completely missed Tanwir Afzal's line to lose his off-stump to a ball that nipped back.
Sabbir Rahman (2) was trapped leg before a couple of deliveries later
Bangladesh will look to seal their place in the main round of the tournament, while Hong Kong, after successive defeats, will seek for a turn of fortunes.
Bangladesh made one change to their squad from their most recent squad that won their previous two matches as Rubel Hossain replaced an Injured Mashrafe Mortaza.
If Bangladesh bat first and score 140, they have to make sure that Hong Kong don't get the runs in 12 overs or less.
Mashrafe was rested after receiving a strain to his rib-cage during yesterday's practice.
Hong Kong have already been eliminated from the tournament with heavy defeats against Afghanistan and Nepal.
The match has begun at 7:30pm at Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium and being broadcast live on Maasranga TV and BTV.
The home side will be looking to put another dominating performance on display and seal their ICC World Twenty20 second round berth today. With two dominating wins already in their bag Bangladesh takes on another ICC Associate nation and the weakest team in Group A Hong Kong in their last match in first round at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
For Bangladesh the ask is simple – win and go to the second round with confidence, while for Hong Kong it will be a match to claim appreciation from their performance. The sides have met just once earlier that also in a one-day international in the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka back in 2004 which was won by Bangladesh by 116 runs.
Bangladesh has since then grown in to a strong unit compared to Honk Kong and the differences of experience and temperament should be enough to secure an easy win for the hosts. However, the Tigers should also not be too relaxed as they have a reputation of going down to weaker teams.
The turnaround after going through a miserable first quarter in 2014 has been very impressive for Bangladesh, though their last four T20 wins came against Associate nations Ireland, UAE, Nepal and Afghanistan. Today’s match will be the fifth consecutive T20 Bangladesh plays against a non Test playing nation and nothing but a win should satisfy them.
Dew will be a major factor in the night game and both teams know that very well. So winning the toss the captain should not hesitate to have a bowl in the track that also keeps low apart from assisting the fast bowlers.
Bangladesh players wore a very confident and joyful look in their practice yesterday where they enjoyed a small football session between the seniors and juniors after a brief team meeting.
Though it is unlikely that Mushfiqur Rahim will break the winning combination, but Rubel Hossain might come in to replace Mashrafe bin Mortaza who is carrying a minor niggle on his elbow. Mashrafe put in a diving effort to save a boundary in the first match against Afghanistan where his elbow hit the ground, though coach Shane Jurgensen said it was “nothing to worry about.”
To win matches, especially in this format, it is important for the top order to perform and so far they have clicked in style as Bangladesh have won the first two matches by 9 and 8 wickets respectively. Tamim Iqbal and the hyper active Anamul Haque should concentrate on building from Bangladesh’s highest T20 opening partnership of 63 in the last match, which will also allow Sabbir Rahman and Shakib al Hasan to come in with a license to kill.
Mark Chapman, Jamie Atkinson and Waqas Barkat have so far impressed with the bat for Hong Kong, but it will be a big test for the top three against a quality home side bowling attack. Meanwhile, if they bowl first it will be interesting to see how their fast bowlers go against the pounding mode of the Bangladesh batting unit.
Apart from the heavy dew at night, the weather has been very hot and humid in the past few days in Chittagong and though it drizzled for around 30 minutes yesterday evening, it is unlikely to have any effect on the game today.
Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Farhad Reza, Al-Amin Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain
Waqas Barkat, Irfan Ahmed, JJ Atkinson, MS Chapman, Babar Hayat, Nizakat Khan, Munir Dar, Tanwir Afzal, Haseeb Amjad, Nadeem Ahmed, Ehsan Nawaz