Bangladesh record second WT20 win

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Bangladesh all but secured their place in the main group stage of the World Twenty20 on home soil as they trounced minnows Nepal in Chittagong by eight wickets, and with four overs to spare, on Tuesday.

Bangladesh all but secured their place in the main group stage of the World Twenty20 on home soil as they trounced minnows Nepal in Chittagong by eight wickets, and with four overs to spare, on Tuesday.

The Tigers needed just 127 to win, after restricting Nepal to 126 for five on a slow deck. Shakib-al-Hasan hit the winning runs with a six, scoring a blistering 37 off 18 balls as he looked to get home early.

The Tigers won the toss and chose to field, clearly looking to restrict the chase against an unpredictable side. While the hosts didn't take all the wickets, they did manage to use their superior spinners to good effect.

Nepal's top scorers were skipper Paras Khadka, who made 41, and Sharad Vesawkar, who added 40 before going out off the final ball. The rest of the top order failed to make more than 20 each.

Bangladesh clearly had no intention of waiting around, and from the outset of the chase played aggressive cricket, with Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque putting on 63 for the first wicket in less than eight overs.

Tamim was out for 30, while Anamul was amusingly run out for 42, with both batsmen ending up on the same side of the wicket. This left Shakib and Sabbir Rahman to get the rest of the runs, which they did with ease.

Amusingly, Shakib's recent arrogance was once again on display when he turned down the winning single, as he wanted to get the runs with a six. Which he duly did.

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Farhad Reza, Mashrafe Mortaza, Al-Amin Hossain, Abdur Razzak

Nepal: Subash Khakurel, Sagar Pun, Gyanedra Malla, Paras Khadka, Binod Bhandari, Sharad Vesawkar, Basant Regmi, Naresh Budayair, Shakti Gauchan, Sompal Kami, Jitendra Mukhiya

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