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20-Mar-2014 17:00:00 GMT
Bangladesh v Hong Kong, Group A, Chittagong

Hong Kong Clinch Historic Win Beat Bangladesh

Chittagong: Bangladesh were bowled out for just 108 by Hong Kong. The visitors held their nerve in a tense finish to claim a historic win. However, Bangladesh made it through to the Super 10s, they join India, Pakistan, Australia and West Indies in Group 2.

Hong Kong was in touching distance of its greatest moment in cricket when the chase began, and understandably nerves surfaced. The manner in which openers Waqas Barkat and Irfan approached the chase, it seemed as though they were determined to do their associate colleagues a favour. Swinging hard at everything that came their way, only occasionally making contact, Hong Kong tried to add to the already significant pressure Bangladesh were under.
It backfired initially, as Barkat went for a duck, comfortably stumped when he ran down the pitch to Shakib and was beaten in the flight. Irfan, who had bagged two first-ball dismissals in the tournament, almost made it a hat-trick, smashing one back at Al-Amin Hossain, the bowler only managing to get fingertips to the ball. Irfan eventually got going, but on the day he fired, the two steadying influences of the Hong Kong line-up, Atkinson and Mark Chapman, both failed. Irfan, who had hit his straps quite nicely, had raced to 34 out of Hong Kong’s 44 when he became the fourth man dismissed, trapped in front by Shakib.
Before Hong Kong could recover, Bangladesh’s bowlers were swarming all over, and the chase was reeling at 50 for 5.
Just when the side was in real danger of fluffing its lines, Munir Dar, the veteran batsman, rose to the occasion. Dar, who is on the wrong side of 40, brought all his experience to the fore, steadying nerves and restarting the chase. He cut out the big shots, chipping, flicking, dabbing and running hard between the stumps to make 36 invaluable runs before falling with victory in sight. With only 9 needed, Dar was trapped in front, giving Bangladesh another chance to pull the rug out from under Hong Kong.
When the final over began, Hong Kong needed 6, with only two wickets in hand. Nadeem and Haseeb Amjad stayed cool, and drew level with ones and twos. For good measure, Amjad then smashed a six and history was made.

Ealier, Hong Kong left-arm spinner Nadeem Ahmed grabbed four wickets as a listless Bangladesh suffered a dramatic batting collapse to be shot out for just 108.

Put into bat, Bangladesh lost two wickets in the dramatic first over but recovered quickly only to suffer a sensational batting collapse as they lost their last seven wickets for just 23 runs.

From 85 for three in the 11th over, they were all out for 108 in 16.3 overs with top-scorer Shakib-al-Hasan's (34) departure triggering a batting collapse for the home side who have comfortably won their previous two matches.

Four Bangladesh batsmen were out for nought while three could score only in single digits. Besides, Shakib who hit six fours in his 27-ball innings, opener Anamul Haque (26), captain Mushfiqur Rahim (23) and Nasir Hossain (14 not out) could reach double figures against a side who have lost both their earlier matches badly.

Ahmed (4/21) got able support from leg-spinner Nizakat Khan (3/19) and pacers Tanwir Afzal (2/24) and Irfan Ahmed (1/17) as Hong Kong bowlers made Bangladesh batsmen pay for their mistakes.

Bangladesh began on a disastrous note as they lost two wickets for just three runs in 0.5 overs with opener Tamil Iqbal (0) and one-down Sabbir Rahman (2) dismissed by Tanwir Afzal in the second and fifth balls of the match.

But Shakib-al-Hasan (34) and the other opener Anamul Haque (26) stitched 48 runs from just five overs to steady the innings before the home side suffered another collapse.

Once Shakib, who hit six fours in his 27-ball innings, was out in the 11th over, the floodgates were opened and Bangladesh batsmen threw away the advantage and perished in quick succession as if they were competing against each other in returning to the dressing room.

Captain Mushfiqur Rahim (23), Mahmudullah (2), Farhad Reza (0), Abdur Razzak (0) Rubel Hossain (0) and Al-Amin Hossain (1) were out in quick succession as Bangladesh could only put up a meagre total against one of the weakest sides in the tournament.

Earlier, Hong Kong skipper Jamie Atkinson won the toss and elected to bowl.


Hong Kong -
Waqas Barkat, Irfan Ahmed, JJ Atkinson (capt. & wk), MS Chapman, Babar Hayat, Nizakat Khan, Munir Dar, Tanwir Afzal, Haseeb Amjad, Nadeem Ahmed, Ehsan Nawaz.

Bangladesh - Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (capt. & wk), Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Farhad Reza, Al-Amin Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain.

Brief scores
Bangladesh -
108 (Shakib 34, Nadeem Ahmed 4-21, Nizakat Khan 3-19)
Hong Kong - 114/8 (Munir Dar 36, Irfan Ahmed 34, Shakib Al Hasan 3-9)
Result - Hong Kong won by 2 wickets
Points - Hong Kong 2, Bangladesh 0
MOM - Nadeem Ahmed (Hong Kong)

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