Bangladesh target another rout
March 20, 2014
Start time 1930 local (1330 GMT)
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.
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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.
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