Thursday, March 20, 2014

T20 World Cup 2014: Hong Kong upsets Bangladesh

In a game of fluctuating fortunes, the Hong Kong cricket team managed to defeat a test-playing nation when they defeated Bangladesh in a T20 World Cup Round 1 game in Chittagong.

Chasing a target of 109 in 20 overs, Hong Kong made a rapid start with the help of some good stroke play of Irfan Ahmed, who scored 34 in just 28 balls faced. His dismissal initiated a mini-procession as several more wickets fell cheaply. Hong Kong slid to 5 for 50, recalling the dramatic collapse against Nepal. However, the experienced Munir Dar and Nizakat Khan built a 33 run partnership, thereby stalling the slide.

Bangladeshi hopes were raised when two wickets fell with the score on 100. However, Haseem Amjad and Nadeem Ahmed saw the team through. Amjad hit a huge six to end the chase successfully.

A combination of good bowling and poor batting had helped Hong Kong restrict the Bangladesh team for just 108 in 16.3 overs in their innings. Open bowler Tanwir Afzal took 2 wickets in the first over, but a third wicket partnership between Sakib Al Hassan and Anamul Haq saw Bangladesh reach 51 in six overs before Anamul was clean bowled by Nadeem Ahmed. This initiated the collapse of the Bangladesh innings. Nadeem Ahmed took 4 for 21 and Nizakat Khan took 3 for 19. Sakib Al Hassan was the pick of the batters and bowlers for Bangladesh, scoring 34 runs and taking three for just nine in his four overs.

Bangladesh 108 all out in 16.3 overs. Sakib Al Hassan 34, Anamul Haq 26; Nadeem Ahmed 21-4, Nizakat Khan 19-3.
Hong Kong 114-8 in 19.4 overs. Munir Dar 36, Irfan Ahmed 34. Sakib Al Hassan 9-3, Mahmadullah 13-2

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