Bangladesh Through Despite Losing to Hong Kong
Hong Kong 114-8 (Dar 36, Shakib 3-9) beat
Bangladesh 108 (N Ahmed 4-21) by 2 wickets
ICC World Twenty20 2014 Group A, Chittagong
Bangladesh are through to the Super 10 stage of the ICC World Twenty20 2014 despite a dismal batting performance today in Chittagong that saw Hong Kong earn a historic victory. They will join India, Australia, West Indies and Pakistan in Group 2 after edging out Nepal on net run rate to qualify from Group A.
The hosts were routed for just 108 after being asked to bat by Hong Kong skipper Jamie Atkinson in Chittagong as left-arm spinner Nadeem Ahmed took four for 21 and leg-spinner Nizakat Khan three for 19.
Hong Kong were then made to work seriously hard in their run chase as Shakib Al Hasan followed up his knock of 34 by taking three for nine from his four overs. He dismissed Waqas Barkat in his opening over after being given the new ball by Mushfiqur Rahim, ended opener Irfan Ahmed’s enterprising cameo at 34 off 28 balls, and then had Atkinson trapped LBW to make it 47 for three.
Wickets continued to tumble, as Babar Hayat (1) and Mark Chapman (5) both fell in quick succession to make Bangladesh slight favourites with the score at 50 for five early in the 10th over. However, Munir Dar played what would turn out to be the match-winning innings. He hit 36 off 27 balls and added a crucial 33 for the sixth-wicket with Nizakat.
Nizakat was caught off the impressive Mahmudullah (2-13) for 12, with Dar’s stay brought to an end by Abdur Razzak (1-31) to leave the lower-order with nine still to get from just 13 balls. Haseeb Amjad managed to hang around long enough and, with the scores level, deposited Razzak over long-on to seal an emotional win.
As is so often the case with upsets in Twenty20 cricket, it was the Hong Kong bowlers who set up their side’s success earlier in the evening. Opening bowler Tanwir Afzal dismissed Tamim Iqbal (0) and Sabbir Rahman (2) in the very first over before the spinners took over.
Bangladesh did look for a while like they would easily recover from their terrible start as Anamul Haque and Shakib put on 48 in five overs for the third-wicket. However, Anamul was bowled by Nadeem from the final ball of the powerplay, with Shakib’s demise a little over four overs later triggering something of a collapse.
Rahim holed out off Nizakat for 23 off 18 balls, with the lower-order then folding miserably to leave Nasir Hossain stranded on 14 at number six as the innings ended in the 17th over. Nadeem bowled Mahmudullah for two to make it 96 for six, with Nizakat then dispensing with Farhad Reza and Razzak with successive deliveries in the 14th over. Nadeem then finished off the innings by bowling Rubel Hossain for a duck and then, in his next over, having last man Al-Amin Hossain caught by Hayat.
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