Bangladesh vs. Nepal
6th Match, World T20, First Round Group A
March 18, 2014
Ifaz Khorshed Hassan from Chittagong
Bangladesh win by 8 wickets with 27 balls to spare.
Bangladesh 132/2 (Anamul 42, Shakib 37*, Regmi 1-14) after 15.3 overs.
Nepal 126/5(Khadka 41, Vesawkar 40, Al Amin 2-17, Mortaza 1-23) after 20 overs.
Marauding Tigers paved their way for the super ten with a convincing victory against the associates Nepal. Bangladesh are strutting their way through Group A with an insouciant swagger after a second emphatic display. An explosive opening partnership between Tamim and Anamul set the tone for the chase of 127 and Shakib Al Hasan ended the game in grand style when he clobbered the fourth six of his innings. Anamul top scored with 42 but all batsmen made handy contributions. Shakib scored a quick-fire 37 off 18 balls to bring an early end to the game.
Nepal’s total of 126 by no means looked daunting on a batting pitch at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong. In addition, heavy dew meant Nepal had a slender opportunity of bowling out Bangladesh. Sompal Kami opened the bowling and conceded 13 runs in the first over after Anamul struck a six, first of the game, and a boundary. The opening pair added 63 before Tamim top-edged a wild heave off Regmi. Anamul was run out in the 11th over after a massive mix-up with Sabbir Rahman but by then victory was a mere formality. Bangladesh needed 48 off 58 balls. From then on, Shakib and Sabbir handled the chase with utmost ease hitting 5 sixes and 2 fours between them.
After a morale boosting victory over Afghanistan in the first match of the T20 World Cup, the Tigers flew into Chittagong to square off against Nepal in their second game of the tournament. Nepal had nothing to lose going into this match with this being their first international match against a Test-playing nation.
Under the lights, the dew always threatened to play a significant factor and so it did. After winning the toss, Mushfiqur asked Nepal to bat first. The Nepali openers Sagar Pun and Khakurel appeared nervy but hardly looked overawed by the occasion. Both took a circumspect approach and got going in the second over when Pun slashed Al Amin over point to register their first boundary. Nepal lost their first wicket for 19 in the fourth over when Khakurel top edged an attempted slog off Farhad Reza. With the scoring rate below five, Nepal found it tricky to get any momentum going. Bangladeshi spinners were virtually ineffective and Mushfiqur heavily relied on his seamers. Even Nasir Hossain bowled seam-up to negate the dew. Al Amin struck twice in the 7th over to leave Nepal reeling at 39 for 3. But a fourth wicket partnership of 85 between Khadka and Vesawkar helped Nepal post a total of 126. Khadka departed in the penultimate over for 41 while Vesawkar was run out on the last ball of Nepal innings for 40.
After victories in two consecutive matches, Bangladesh has nearly guaranteed a place in the next round and will play their final match of the qualifiers against Hong Kong on 20th March at Chittagong.