Bangladesh, Hong Kong, UAE, Zimbabwe Take Warm-Up Wins
United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe beat Nepal and Afghanistan respectively as the second day of warm-up matches ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 2014 got underway in Bangladesh.
In the later matches, Bangladesh beat Ireland and Hong Kong overcame the Netherlands.
UAE dismissed Nepal for just 95 on their way to a six-wicket win, closing on 99 for four in 18.5 overs.
Sharif Asadullah took three for 15 and Kamran Shahzad two for 19 as only Subash Khakurel (28), Paras Khadka (27) and Basanta Regmi (10) reached double figures.
However, despite the modest total on the board, Nepal made UAE fight hard to reach their target and almost took the game to the last over.
Amjad Ali (0), Ahmed Raza (7) and Khurram Khan (15) fell cheaply before Swapnil Patil hit 33 and Shaiman Anwar 30 not out to guide them home.
Rohan Mustafa hit the only six of the innings as he finished unbeaten on 10 in eight balls.
Zimbabwe bounced back from their shock defeat to Hong Kong two days ago by handing Afghanistan a seven-wicket defeat.
Batting first, Afghanistan made 168 for six with all eight batsmen who got to the crease getting themselves in.
Shafiqullah Shinwari top scored with 31 in 19 balls while opener Mohammad Shahzad cracked 22 in 14 balls.
Najeeb Tarakai also made 29 and Samiullah Shenwari 28 not out in 22 balls to put up a competitive score.
Sean Williams and Natsai Mushangwe took a brace of wickets apiece before it was over to Hamilton Masakadza to almost single-handedly end the Afghan challenge.
He hit five fours and seven sixes on his way to 93 in just 52 deliveries, putting on 102 with Sikander Raza (27) for the first wicket before falling in the 16th over.
Brendan Taylor also fell for 15 before Williams and Elton Chigumbura both made 16 not out as Zimbabwe closed out the win with three balls to spare.
Half-centuries from Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim proved too much for Ireland, as Bangladesh ran out 44-run victors in their game.
After an unspectacular start, Bangladesh were 63 for three in the 11th over having lost Tamim Iqbal for 32, Anamul Haque for three and Sabbir Rahman for 23 with George Dockrell, Paul Stirling and Andy McBrine striking once apiece.
However, from there Shakib, unbeaten on 58 in 32 balls and Mushfiqur, not out on 59 in 30 balls, powered the hosts to a score of 179 for three.
William Porterfield hit a run-a-ball 44 in reply but wickets tumbled at the other end as Bangladesh's bowlers quickly took control, reducing Ireland to 84 for six when Porterfield also fell in the 15th over.
Stuart Thompson blasted 35 in 19 balls in a vain attempt to revive the flagging innings, but it was too little, too late and he had been left with too much to do.
Ireland closed on 135 for eight as Mashrafe Mortaza and Shakib took two wickets apiece.
Hong Kong made it two wins out of two as they beat the Netherlands by 27 runs.
Mark Chapman continued his good form with 50 in 40 balls as Hong Kong were bowled out for 127 with Timm van der Gugten and Ashan Malik taking three wickets apiece.
And although Stephanus Myburgh hammered 52 in 38 balls at the top of the order for the Dutch, they fell well short when they were dismissed for just 100 in 16.5 overs.
Haseeb Amjad was the chief architect of their demise, taking six for 21.
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