Chittagong - Bangladesh have sneaked into the Super-10 stage of the World Twenty20
despite losing to minnows Hong Kong by two wickets in their last
first-round match in Chittagong on Thursday.
Bangladesh, sent into
bat, fell to a below-par total of 108 all out in 16.3 overs before Hong
Kong reached the target for the loss of eight wickets in 19.4 overs.
Kong needed to knock off the target in 13.1 overs to oust the home team
in favour of Nepal, who earlier in the day upset Afghanistan by nine
Hong Kong could not achieve that and had almost lost the
match before Munir Dar hit a match-turning 27-ball 36 and number nine
Haseeb Amjad hit the winning six during his 12 not out.
The side's captain Neil Atkinson said he hoped Hong Kong build on the win.
is the biggest win in our history," said Atkinson. "We have got a
couple of tournaments at the Associate level coming up and we are
looking to build on what we have achieved here."
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim found solace in reaching the next round.
is a positive that we qualified for the Super 10s. Probably, we didn't
read the wicket very well, we thought it was a 140 wicket," said Rahim.
It marks only the fourth occasion when an Associate side has beaten a full Test-playing country in a World Twenty20.
Al Hasan, who top-scored with 34, turned his left-arm over for 3-9 in
his four overs, much to the joy of a capacity 18,000 fans at Zahur Ahmed
Bangladesh won two of their three matches to
qualify on a better net-run rate than Nepal for the next round starting
Bangladesh join defending champions the West Indies, Pakistan, India and Australia in Group 2.
Ireland, Zimbabwe and the Netherlands compete for the second qualifying spot from Group B on Friday.
sent into bat, had themselves to blame as they spurned a good chance of
posting a big total, losing their last seven wickets for a mere 23 runs
after being well set at 85-3 by 11th over.
It was Shakib's wicket
that triggered a collapse with left-arm spinner Nadeem Ahmed taking a
career best 4-21 and leg-spinner Nizakat Khan grabbing 3-19.
Kong started off well with opener Irfan Ahmed hitting three towering
sixes and as many boundaries in his 28-ball 34 but once he was dismissed
in the eighth over made the task difficult.
Munir Dar brought Hong Kong back with three boundaries and a six.
are two qualifying round matches in Sylhet on Friday, while arch-rivals
Pakistan and India kick off the Super-10 stage in a match in Dhaka.
Bangladesh: 108 all out in 16.3 overs (Shakib Al Hasan 34, Anamul Haque 26; Nadeem Ahmed 4-21, Nizakat Khan 3-19)
Hong Kong: 114-8 in 19.4 overs (Munir Dar 36, Irfan Ahmed 34; Shakib Al Hasan 3-9)
Result: Hong Kong win by two wickets.