World T20: Bangladesh inch closer to main draw, Afghans hammer Hong Kong
Bangladesh inched closer to the main draw of ICC World Twenty20 after scoring a 8-wicket win over Nepal in the qualifier at Chittagong on Tuesday.
Bangladesh inched closer to the main draw of ICC World Twenty20 after scoring a 8-wicket win over Nepal in the qualifier at Chittagong on Tuesday. (All images from AFP)
Put in to bat, Nepal scored 126 for 5 in their 20 overs, thanks to skipper Paras Khadka's 41.
Al-Amin Hossain was the pick of the bowlers for Bangladesh, taking 2 for 17 in his 4 overs.
Bangladesh were off to a solid start thanks to opener Anamul Haque, who top scored for the hosts with 42.
Tamim Iqbal gave Anamul good company with a 63-run first wicket stand.
Left-arm spinner Basant Regmi was the lone bowler to take a wicket for Nepal as he dismissed Tamim Iqbal for 30.
Shakib Al Hasan ended the match with a flurry of sixes in his 18-ball 37 as Bangladesh romped him with 27 balls to spare.
Earlier, Afghanistan scored a 7-wicket win over Hong Kong. Shapoor Zadran took two wickets to restrict Hong Kong to 153 for 8.
Mark Chapman top scored for Hong Kong with 38.
Afghanistan wicket-keeper batsman Mohd Shahzad scored 53-ball 68 to set up the win.
Right-handed middle order batsman Shafiqullah slammed a 24-ball 51 not out to close out the chase with 2 overs to spare. His knock was the fastest-ever fifty by an Afghan batsman in T20 internationals.