Bangladesh v Hong Kong, World T20, Group A, Chittagong March 19, 2014

Bangladesh target another rout


Match facts

March 20, 2014
Start time 1930 local (1330 GMT)

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At the start of the qualifying round of the World T20, Hong Kong's captain Jamie Atkinson had wanted his team to play without the pressure of expectations. In their first two matches, Hong Kong had their moments but did not take them. Against Bangladesh, they have one more chance to cause an upset, or at least show significant improvement.

Atkinson and Mark Chapman will be Hong Kong's key players. Atkinson was promising against Afghanistan but got out before he could convert the start into a defining innings. Chapman top scored for his team in that game, showing resolve despite getting hit on the grille.

For Bangladesh, who are almost through to the next round, the match is an opportunity to score another crushing win and enter the main draw with confidence. They could also use it for fine-tuning: Mushfiqur Rahim, Nasir Hossain and Mahmudullah need a bat so there might a shuffle in the line-up. The home side's bowlers also need to find a way to succeed despite the heavy dew.

Form guide

(including World T20 warm-ups, most recent first)

Bangladesh WWWWL

Hong Kong LLWWW

Watch out for

Mark Chapman started quickly against Afghanistan before Dawlat Zadran hit him with a bouncer. But young Chapman ensured Hong Kong kept a good run-rate by scoring 38 off 43 balls.

Bangladesh will be delighted with the way Al-Amin Hossain fought back against Nepal, taking 2 for 17 in four overs. He was poor against Afghanistan, but applied what coach Shane Jurgensen taught him in training. He took two wickets in three balls early in Nepal's innings, and then conceded only two runs in the final over.

Team news

There are fitness concerns for Mashrafe Mortaza and Tamim Iqbal but if they are able, Bangladesh are likely to field an unchanged XI. Rubel Hossain might be given a go if he recovers from fever.

Bangladesh (possible): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Anamul Haque, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 5 Sabbir Rahman, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Farhad Reza, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza/Rubel Hossain, 10 Abdur Razzak, 11 Al-Amin Hossain.

Ehsan Nawaz, Roy Lamsam and Kinchit Shah could be hopeful of a game because Hong Kong are already out and do not any other major events in the near future.

Hong Kong (possible): 1 Irfan Ahmed, 2 Waqas Barkat, 3 Jamie Atkinson (capt & wk), 4 Babar Hayat, 5 Mark Chapman, 6 Nizakat Khan, 7 Munir Dar, 8 Tanwir Afzal, 9 Haseeb Amjad, 10 Aizaz Khan, 11 Nadeem Ahmed.

Pitch and conditions

The pitch in Chittagong has some live grass that could help the seamers but the dew is likely to negate that advantage. The weather has been hot and humid during the day, and dew is likely to be a factor in the evening. There was a spell of rain on Wednesday afternoon, after a brief period of windy weather. The showers did not affect the ground conditions as the stadium has good drainage facilities.

Stats and trivia

  • Mark Chapman is Hong Kong's highest run-scorer with 51 in two innings
  • Tamim Iqbal has a strike-rate of 104 in this tournament, while Shakib Al Hasan's is 156


"I am sure all the players will step up on the day in front of a big crowd."
Hong Kong captain Jamie Atkinson

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on March 21, 2014, 1:46 GMT

    Bangladesh have beaten India 3 times but they were only able to beat Pakistan 1 time in 1999 WC, since then they haven't been able to beat Pakistan in 15 years. Bangladesh have good record against India compare to their record against Pakistan.

  • Android on March 20, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    All that big talk and Bangladesh falls flat on their face for yet another embarrassing defeat. go lick your wounds tigers. learn how to play proper cricket and think twice befote talking about Ind or Pak.

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    to all BD's fan now u knew why u r still not in a radar of good teams....look at ur team's performance and i think u guys have to look at ur team stats first before talking against India or many team u beats good teams e.g SA, AUS, ENG. ??

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    I feel extremely optimistic to have pakistan and India in the group in the second round, we plyed ajmal better and none of the indian bowlers are good enough to get the better of us. Then the westindies match we should be able to win. Our only concern should be Australia and their fire power with ball and bat both. Otherwise we dio hacve the capability of wining atleast 3 out of 4.

  • Android on March 20, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    Bangladesh is going to beat hungkong today,,,

  • Android on March 20, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    livewiththat when did you see Bangladesh play. they were the runner up in tge last Asia cup. beat NZ 5 nil twice India has been loosing consistently to Banglades infact the lasr 4 encounters are 2 -2. So my dear have respect and you will get respect. A country of 100 crore should show better results.

  • Android on March 20, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    u can write at down that bangladesh will win at least 2 match in super 10 . it might be against anyone . could be India and wi .

  • VIPIN on March 20, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    though bengladesh is not a formiddable force in world cricket its really interesting to watch their matches in bengladesh mainly because of the real sensitive crowd coming to support them in every matches.but the turn out is not so good at other matches.i still remember how some lady fans cried when bengladesh lost to sreelanka in the aisa cup.their style of playing is better than some other countries like sreelanka and newzealand.all the best to bengladesh

  • Steve on March 20, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    'if bangladesh were in the group 2 it would have been walk in the park for them. SL n bd would easily go through to the semis. '

    hahahaha hahahaha BD wins one in a blue moon against a top side and for the next few years they brag about it. Man, do be considered to big a top team, BD should win consistently against top teams. How many times BD beat India and how many times India beat BD? it is 1 : 100 ? ahahaha

  • Zaid on March 20, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    best of luck to both teams from Bangladesh...hoping for a good match..go tigers

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