Tigers advance despite shock defeat to HK

Bangladesh

If not for Shakib-al-Hasan's efforts with both bat and ball, Bangladesh could have found themselves out of the World Twenty20 before it truly began, though they did manage to lose their final qualifying match to Hong Kong by two wickets.

If not for Shakib-al-Hasan's efforts with both bat and ball, Bangladesh could have found themselves out of the World Twenty20 before it truly began, though they did manage to lose their final qualifying match to Hong Kong by two wickets.

The Tigers were all out for 108 in a game they were expected to win easily. Earlier in the day, Nepal had complicated matters by beating Afghanistan, so the Tigers needed to prevent Hong Kong from getting the 109 runs in less than 13.2 overs.

The minnows came out firing but when they were 50 for five, they stopped trying to work in Nepal's favour and instead went for the win for their own records. They got it with two balls to spare, via a huge six, to silence the home fans.

Hong Kong won the toss and chose to field in front of a roaring crowd. They soon silenced the home fans as they took wicket after wicket, starting with Tamim Iqbal in the first over for a duck.

They were then two down for three runs when Shakib and Anamul Haque steadied the ship. They took the score to 51 before Anamul departed for 26. Shakib then pushed the score to 85, making 34 before falling to Irfan Ahmed.

The Tigers were destroyed really, with Nadeem Ahmed claiming four wickets and Nizakat Khan three, as the hosts threw their wickets away and were all out in the 17th over.

Hearts were in throats at the start of the chase, with Hong Kong needing to get the runs in under 13.2 overs to send Nepal into the next round instead of the Tigers. But they lost early wickets to end that pipe dream.

Irfan Ahmed was the only batsman in the top five to reach double figures, as he recorded 34. With the men in black in trouble with five down for 50, Munir Dar came in to settle the nerves and blazed his way to 36 off 27 balls.

Suddenly though, with the score on 100 for six, Hong Kong lost two quick wickets. But Haseeb Amjad was steady and his 12 secured the win, negating the three wickets for nine runs Shakib had taken earlier on. Haseeb got the winning run with a six in the final over.

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

Hong Kong: Waqas Barkat, Irfan Ahmed, Jamie Atkinson, Mark Chapman, Babar Hayat, Nizakat Khan, Munir Dar, Tanwir Afzal, Haseeb Amjad, Nadeem Ahmed, Ehsan Nawaz

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