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

Bangladesh target another rout

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Match facts

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

Big picture

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

Quotes

"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

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY android_user 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.

  • POSTED BY 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 PK....how many team u beats good teams e.g SA, AUS, ENG. ??

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 20, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    Bangladesh is going to beat hungkong today,,,

  • POSTED BY android_user 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.

  • POSTED BY android_user 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 .

  • POSTED BY vipinchirackal 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

  • POSTED BY LiveWithThat 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

  • POSTED BY tiger_zaid on | March 20, 2014, 10:43 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY android_user 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.

  • POSTED BY 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 PK....how many team u beats good teams e.g SA, AUS, ENG. ??

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 20, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    Bangladesh is going to beat hungkong today,,,

  • POSTED BY android_user 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.

  • POSTED BY android_user 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 .

  • POSTED BY vipinchirackal 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

  • POSTED BY LiveWithThat 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

  • POSTED BY tiger_zaid on | March 20, 2014, 10:43 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 20, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    I agee with you rsmehdihasan.BCB should think about this, I think Zia is better than forhad,specially t20 format.in 2 nd round BDs first game against WI so gazi must deserve to ply.so I think some change is need, like gazi instead of razzak and nasir,mushi,Riyad needs to ply in top order prepare for big game.

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    I think Bangladesh will do very well in the Super 10. Any team that can push Sri Lanka all the way right to the last deliveries in which Bangladesh did in the recent T20 games of the Sri Lankan Tour hasn't got much to worry about. They have vastly improved in the batting, bowling, fielding and captaincy departments. Against better teams they need to work on the opposition's weaknesses and bowling in the death overs has been a major problem which has determined between winning and losing.

    In the recent T20 games against Sri Lanka lots of credit should go to the captaincy of Mashrafe Mortaza, who would also be an excellent coach for Bangladesh in the future.

  • POSTED BY ArifurKhadem on | March 20, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Without having good knowledge of cricket, I don't think it's wise to comment unnecessarily on teams. I respect cricket & consider as a gentleman's game but some people's ways of comments clearly indicate how much they have hatred for Bangladesh & BD cricket other than anything. If they loved this game by heart, they'd admire BD's overall performance so far based on no of games they had the opportunity to play against all test playing nations. Still they've proved that they're capable of beating any team despite getting limited opportunities. Nevertheless, they defeated all teams in ODI while beating NZ, India, WI, SL & Zim on many occasions(Hm&Awy). These words were also highly appreciated by cricket legends like Gavaskar, W Akram, Ramiz Raza, Sangakkara, Viv Richards, Brian Lara & others. So it'd be ideal to respect the game of cricket not anything else. If BD can produce the No 1 allrounder like Shakib according to ICC, BD can clinch a title like World Cup which is not too far away.

  • POSTED BY BDtiger_Adnan on | March 20, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    With due respect to India..i want to say that all the so called indian supporters are always try to degrade Bangladesh but the Indian Cricket board also try to dominate BCB..that's not fair..i can certainly say that if Bangladesh play a full series with india then definately india will will lose..recent past we Banglawash NZ twice & WI once..& india beat up by NZ..

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    why most of the people are Forhad Reza. He hasn't had enough going in games. How all of you can be sure that he will let us lose the game? Before this tournament you have lost many matches in trot and there was no Forhad Reza. Zia is not selected for the t20 world cup and he can't be included in the team. Please spare him and pray best for him and Bangladesh. Bangladesh's selectors are professional and must have some reasons to select Forhad. He is not selected from other country. I wish He can prove every body wrong and perform well if he gets chance against the big guns.

  • POSTED BY Click_Click_Cricket on | March 20, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    @ BD haters - You accuse BD fans of hating AFG or lower ranked teams because BD lost a game or two against them. Isn't it true that you have been doing exactly the same thing even in a WORSE MANNER because your team(s) lost to BD every once in a while? This is SHAMEFUL. You preach one thing but practice something else! Nobody wants his/her team to lose. So FEELINGS will ALWAYS be there. It is UNSPORTSFANSHIP to see all BD-haters spending lots of their time posting about BD being THRASHED by the higher ranked teams in every single format and for BD to be BOOTED from TEST CRICKET, etc. etc. Yet you, BD-haters, do not seem to appreciate when BD plays consistently well and wins some games. Whenever they beat a stronger team you call it FLUKE, LUCK etc. If you think Cricket is your PERSONAL PROPERTY and PRIDE is your PATENT, then I doubt if you have any intention to Globalize this game. Please be reminded that every team in the history of SPORTS had its UPs and DOWNs.

  • POSTED BY shafi_shoha on | March 20, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    I am agree with Azizul Islam comments, less or more all test playing nations helps BD to obtain the test status. So, we should think and respect them for their contributions. Please, don't try to throw comments any how to give pain to other nations. BD's performance is not consistent. So, after winning one or two match against big teams, we should think us as big as them. Pakistan, India, Sri lanka are very strong teams, we are not their level. Please, respect to others and they will respect us.

  • POSTED BY rsmehdihasan on | March 20, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    Sabbir Rahman, this guy is a real talent. First time i see him , i like his batting style specially in T20 Format. He can be a hit in this format. Players like Sabbir, Bijoy and Shamsur are BD cricket future. BCB should look not only their performance but also their life style . BCB should get a idea how Nasir become a flop due to his extravagant life style. All national cricketer should stop concentrate other things like charity, community etc, they should work and concentrate only on cricket. BCB i will request once against please prepare quality pitches in domestic tournaments. Want to see more bounce standard pitches like Chittagong. Competitive standard domestic cricket should be the goal for next 5 years. prepare two world class cricket academy. Just look at BKSP, how many national players they have produced. By this time every division should have their own academy if it is a small one.

  • POSTED BY HatersAreOrdinary on | March 20, 2014, 8:14 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. given the fact england is in their worst form in a recent past we would beat nz easily n sa they play worse against spin even our a team was almost beat them in the warm up. group 1 is the group of death. the champion will be from that group. and my dear haters we may not be able win all the matches but we will at least win 1/2 for sure. and its nice to see your awkwardness for getting us in your group. All the best tigers if u win the toss batt first we need to do some batting practise n u can rest tamim n captain mushu too. he need some rest.

  • POSTED BY rsmehdihasan on | March 20, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Playing well against weaker associates are not enough to judge your level of Quality. I still think the weakest link of BD team is their so called allrounder like Mahmudullah and Forhad Reza. Even Reza was expensive against Nepal. I am thinking what strong team will do with them! BD bowling is the weakest in specially this format of the game. BCB should tell curator with ultimatum that he must produce a BD friendly pitch in every BD game. Only home condition and brave thinking captaincy can help BD to win few games. If Gazi can use his variation and control that he can be much better than Reza or Mahmuduhllah in t20 format. Zia with his form was much better. Abdur Razzak is not a consistent performer. I am not sure how much he can deliver against strongest teams. Bowling coach should come up with special delivery like wide yourker, or slower yourker deliveries. BD think tank should analysis video of opponent dangerous batsman and their weak point in specially this format of game.

  • POSTED BY chapathishot on | March 20, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    The last win for BD in this tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    To the fan following of all countries and even bd fans, I request please stop destructive comments and arguments and lets make some constructive comments and arguments. We should n't be here to try to hurt some one's feeling and emotion. We bd fans should not forget almost every test playing nation contributed in building our country's cricket. I have been following our cricket since 1997 and know how India, Pakistan, srilanka play a significant role in our cricket. Most of the time we bd fans try to bash India. But it's bangladeshi cricketers and then Jagamahan Dalmia play (then ICC President) played a great part in awarding us test status. If Dalmiah(India) would have behaved other way, we could not have got the test status.( India's only problem is they have not invited us in their country, it's only because of business reason and schedule problem). Further India is the first team who visited us to play first ever test. Pakistan was very generous at that time. And Srilank was ver

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    hongkong is a good team...they can surprise bangladesh on their day...bangladesh is also considered a minnow only.....

  • POSTED BY Manik_mia on | March 20, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Hey siddhartha87: You speak like you know a lot. But your last comment is not right. The decision for putting Afg or Ireland was not based on that. It was based on the qualifier in Dubai game. It was predefined that winner of the qualification game will join the weaker side; means ZIM. Ireland was the winner so they joined ZIM group. If Afg could win that game they could play against ZIM instead of playing Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY Sajeeb_Narail on | March 20, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Hope, BCB pick T20 specialist Ziaur Rahmam in place of Farhad Reza for matches against top sides.

  • POSTED BY Fazle_Rabbee on | March 20, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu, Thank you for the ratio of hate and love towards other cricketing nations.If we would hate them, ICC would never arrange such big tournaments here in Bangladesh. We go to stadium to enjoy cricket not to hate other countries. We had near houseful even teams playing like Nepal and Hongkong. So think twice before commenting against us.

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    @computerguru I hope BD doesn't come last again in WC super 10

  • POSTED BY fshaque on | March 20, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    I do not agree with the comments of Mr. Siddhartha. He is right, BD players are paper tigers, as they are human being and not really the beast tiger. As cricket is gentleman game here negative comments are painful. In sports and game win and losses are altogether if one team win another is to loss. Loss is always painful and not only painful to BD team. In the past we saw they win over Aus, WI, Ind and many more team, it think they also share the pain of loss. We cannot say, BD team will loss all the matches in super 10, the would hunt any one or all the Aus, WI and Ind. We may please wait and see the hunting and enjoy the game. M Abu Haque

  • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | March 20, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    @subhasis : The fixture is not unfair. The fixture is based on the rankings of the teams at the time of scheduling the cup. In rankings Ireland is ranked 9th ,Bangladesh 10th,Afghanistan 11th and Zimbabwe 12th. Hence Ireland is grouped with Zimbabwe while Bangladesh is grouped with Afghanistan

  • POSTED BY akashhaque on | March 20, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    @ Subhasis das... bro whats your problem? you dont like BD its fine, but why are you sooo angry on BD? if u like IRE or ZIM go ahead and support them, we dont mind.but please dont disgrace your own name dada. You indians always think that BD should not be given any chance to play at higher level. You will not mind to be rogerd by PAK, SLK or any other team except BD.why dear dada?????

  • POSTED BY Manik_mia on | March 20, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Ziaur is not in the Squad list. So even if they want add him now is not possible. The last date for squad list is gone.

  • POSTED BY NoorBD on | March 20, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    Bro Isam don't you think that Bangladesh should really give a chance to Shamsur, Gazi and Mominul today? Just replacing Tamim, Reza and Mahmudullah? and Nasir should be given opportunity to bat at no. 3 to get his confidence back? I do not know why our cricketing sense do not match with selectors and captain in many cases. They are using Nasir as the pace bowler in dew, but not giving chance to the T20 specialist Ziaur, who can bowl well. In T20 lower order do not need to be technically sound but they should have hard hitting capability. am I wrong??

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    the way Bangladesh played against Nepal didn't impress me much.......i think this high time to roar against minos hong kong.

  • POSTED BY NoorBD on | March 20, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Frankly speaking, the group 2 is more difficult than group 1 in super ten, group 1 has only one strong team Srilanka, in group 2 Australlia, Pakistan and West Indies all are strong. These four are the strongest team in the tournament. India is not favorite in this world T20 as their bowling is worse than these four team. In T20 everyone can bat similar, bowling make the real difference. Bangladesh should target West Indies, Australia and India for going to semi final. Good Luck BD.

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    Excellent team selection by Bangladesh Cricket Board except for the fact that Ziaur Rahman should have been picked in place of Farhad Reza who would proof pretty much useless both with the bat and bowl against top sides. Hope, BCB pick T20 specialist Ziaur Rahmam in place of Farhad Reza for matches against top sides.

  • POSTED BY computerguru on | March 20, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    Dhutugemunu is a SL fan who turned out against BD after BD posted 600+ run in the first innings of that galle test in 2013. Yes, we, BD have yet to improve miles to be competitive in the test arena. We lack quality fast bowlers heavily that is costing us winning tests. But, I don't believe we pose any hatred towards the NZ, IND, PAK or SL he mentioned. The only reason we BD fans are verbal here towards afg is due to their poor on field attitude. The afg pacer thrown the ball directly towards Tamim intentionally to heart him physically. Sorry, we can't support them neither can say afg will progress that further with this sort of barbaric attitude.

  • POSTED BY ma_maglin on | March 20, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    to Bangladesh captain, coach & thinktank... if we win the toss plz bat first.. need batting practice for Mushi, Nasir, Riyad & all others.... give tamim rest & give a chance Samsur.... Best of luck Bangladesh... Go Tiger Go...

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 20, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    Dhutugemunu is probably one of those Indian Fans who was a victim of the wrath of the Tamim attack and lost a bet in 2007 WC. These fans still cannot accept that India was eliminated. But the true India fans moved on and actually appreciate when we play good cricket. We are not winning much but i can see we are getting better and it wont be long we would start winning those close games. In the Asia Cup we were really close against Ind, Pak and SL. I m sure we will beat atleast 1 team in grp stage. And hey! It could be India again! After all its T20.

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    BD can thrash the associates all they want, but once they come to face the big boys, they'll turn out be the punching bag for the big boys.

    They are in for a real shock, there bowling especially is absolute dross. top teams are going to annihilate them.

  • POSTED BY shuvotamzid on | March 20, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    @herath-UK, nobody is watching them - you say... wait you just commented on an article for a qualifying level game... i wonder why... And why the top channels are telecasting the warm ups? well that's because all they care about is TRP not which teams are playing... and definitely a fan base of an associate team is not going to be much bigger than a full member :)

  • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | March 20, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    Pain awaits for Bangladesh after this match. Aus,WI and Ind are waiting to hunt the paper tigers

  • POSTED BY computerguru on | March 20, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    @Subhasis Das, here is something for you mate:- http://www.espncricinfo.com/world-t20/engine/match/716529.html The non sub continents associates like Ire, Zim would be a cakewalk for Bangladesh, even Nepal and Afg fared better than them against us so far in Bangladesh conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    The fixtures have been quite unfair... BD has been given very easy group with all new comers... while the other group has pretty good teams like ZIM and IRELAND, even Netherland is a better team than these BD cats

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    I dont know why Farhad Reza in the squad? Mahmud Ullah one of them. Mahmud may play well against the associates but if Bangladesh through to top 10 (Almost through), he will be totally useless. Every time BCB selectors select one burden player for the team. In 2012 Asia cup they selected Nazim Uddin. One of the worst player in BD cricket history. Sabbir Rahman is an ideal player in T20. Few of mine BD brothers are doubtful about Sabbir's ability but I guaranteed he will prove himself immediately. I saw his very good performance in BD domestic league. The best of luck Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | March 20, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    Another rout' you say.Well it should open the eyes of the ICC not to include these low profile games in the proper tournament ,nobody is watching them. In fact sky here is telecasting the big teams' warm up matches as the main games over these qualifying games! India Sri Lanka warm up game with Malinga's heroics was much more entertaining. ICC should have extended the format of the big games giving more opportunity to big teams to compete each other instead of these asso member games. The two winners of asso members should have been found in NZ & not here. How many routs you're going to write about if this format continues??

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 20, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    Breaking news mash is injured again and he might be out from this t20 world cup . bad news for bangladesh .no one else can take his place . if he unable to play than I want Ziaur rahman in his place . we don't need any third seamer but zia is fast bowler plus big hitter in ball . its really bad luck for us that we never get mash full service .

  • POSTED BY NoorBD on | March 20, 2014, 1:03 GMT

    Specially Nasir Hosssain should be given a chance to practice and come back into his typical form as a Mr. finisher. He is most talented and suffering with off-form. It is important that he goes to the next round with confidence. He should come to play at no.3 with Hong Kong only for his recovery. Even if he fails there are lot of good players in the team who can recover later on. Please give him and (Mahmudulla if possible) a chance up in the order today for the sake of BD team. Also today Shamsur Rahman and Mominul should be given a chance as well, they deserve an opportunity with weak team for keeping their momentum at least as they will play crucial role if anyone become unfit.

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | March 19, 2014, 23:27 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu. Lets not be harsh on Zimbabwe team. Their coming into the tournament after 7 months break from international cricket and they dint have enough practice matches ahead of the tournament. After all T20s are anybodys game. Remember they won a test match against Pak(Which BD has never done against any top team) after losing their star players like Jarvis and Ervine. So definitely Zim are a worthy opponent for test cricket. Zimbabwe do have international standard players, but the politics and financial issues are ruining their cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | March 19, 2014, 23:01 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu - may be you are a Indian and don't see our performance . what you are doing ? i can 100% say India can't overcome the stage ......

  • POSTED BY on | March 19, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    I think UAE & Hong Kong should change their name to Pakistan B & Pakistan C because 90% are Pakistanis.

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | March 19, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu Dude seriously don't you have anything else to do in your life? You are in everysingle post about us. In some of them talking about our record and in some of them wishing us to lose etc. Why are you keep posting similar rubbish every where????

  • POSTED BY on | March 19, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    BD fans!! please don't say something with confident.without luck we are just nothing.We saw the matches against srilanka and also in asia cup.so i don't want to say something with confidently about our team.so say insha allah! we will continue our journy in T20 world cup with victory. :)

  • POSTED BY computerguru on | March 19, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    Rest Mash, Tamim and Reza for this match and bring Rubel, Shamsur and Gazi. And if Shakib continues to bat at #3 or #4 (which seems to be the plan from team management) then I urge him to instill some sanity within himself. A #3 or #4 is not meant to smash the very first delivery he faces. The role of a #3/#4 is to build the innings and guide through the chase if needed. Also as our first game will be against WI, we need in-form gazi. I don't know what the selectors have found in reza, but he'll me smashed all around the corner once the main stage of the tournament begins. Nasir and Riyad needs to get back their batting confidence as well.

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | March 19, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    Dhutugemunu Finally, a sensible comment from you.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | March 19, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    Bangladesh should bat first regardless of dew and give batting practice to the likes of Rahim, Nasir, Sabbir ahead of Shakib and that so that they can bat the full quotas and get ready to bat in the proper round.180 should be enough for an expat team like Hong Kong. Good way to boost up run charts anyway. Hopefully we'll see a first T20 100 by a Bangladeshi tomorrow. Yawn - qualifiers - so one sided and easy :)

  • POSTED BY on | March 19, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    Waiting for the 2nd round....... with Australia, West Indies, India, Pakistan make the group very hard indeed.......... Hope Bangladesh will be able to go into the semis .............. Bangladesh should not spend much energy in the match against Hong Kong............. All the key players should be rested. Specially Mashrafe, Tamim should be rested............. Farhad Reza can open the innings with Sabbir followed by Mushfik, NAsir, MAhmudullah............... to have a batting practice before the main tournament kicks off...........

  • POSTED BY on | March 19, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    hope today will be the big day for Bangladesh.... just win the hell of match and qualify for super 10!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 19, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    Mash & Tamim should be rested . Shamsur, Rubel should be included.

  • POSTED BY on | March 19, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    @Albert_campbell, Effect of Banglawash on you ? still criticizing us ? and beating India 4-0 does not mean u are the best , first control yourself and then criticize others.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | March 19, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    Bangladesh should not take HK lightly and play their first choice XI. In World T20, every game is important so unfortunately, some key players may not get opportunity to relax. Realistically, BD should win this comfortably. But still, in cricket anything can happen. I hope for a good game tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY Dhutugemunu on | March 19, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    BD fans criteria for hating other Cricket Playing nations. Based on Win/lose ratio against other teams.

    W/L = 0.00-0.10, Highly hated (Aus, Eng, Ind, Pak, SA, SL).

    W/L = 0.11-0.50, Moderately highly hated (NZ, WI).

    W/L = 0.51-1.00, Moderately hated (Afg, Can, Netherlands, Zim).

    W/L >1.00, BD fans loves them (Ire, Ken, Scotland, Bermuda, Hong Kong, Nepal, UAE).

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 19, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Mash bhai should be rested ahead of the main stage. We definitely need him in SUPER 10

  • POSTED BY Dhutugemunu on | March 19, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    Don't be overexcited BD friends. Yes. It will be a hat-trick of wins for Mushfiqur if BD wins tomorrow (highly likely). Good for him. Yes. Those are T20Is. Good for BD stats. But Still those 3 wins are/will be against Associate members. BD win was the word written on those games. If BD lost any of these games or could not qualify for the Top 10, it could have been a shame for the Full members (After all, BD is a full member "officially"). Unfortunately the other "official" full member Zim, is struggling to qualify.

  • POSTED BY Matadore on | March 19, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Rest Mashrafi, try rubel.. shamsur instead of sabbir/tamim, gazi for razzak/reza....

  • POSTED BY Bdcricketdebator on | March 19, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    I know we gonna win this with massive margin.the real chalange will be against wi and aus.ind and pak will be handled by bd easilly.

  • POSTED BY Bdcricketdebator on | March 19, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    I am not in the side of any changes.but i would like to change batting order-tamim anamul mushi nasir riad sakib sabbir reza mash al amin razzak.we should not take any changes.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 19, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    tomorrow will be hattrick win for moshi

  • POSTED BY on | March 19, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    I'm not sure if BD selectors are biased in terms of choosing the right players in the squad and top 11 for the game. Going forward in the Super 10, the team needs to be stronger and stronger and this can be possible with the inclusion of Mominul, Sohag or Samsur in place of Farhad and Sabbir. If Ziaur could be included in the squad and played would certainly be even much better. Those four are more experienced and reliable players than Farhad and Sabbir. So the selectors must consider selecting the best balanced team at Super 10 level. Picking out the wrong players may have to cost a lot like in the past. At the same time, all players must concentrate on consistent fielding the same as against Afghanistan a few days ago. Mushfiq has to be more careful/thoughtful before handing in the ball to a bowler. Please demonstrate your natural game in every match and don't focus on who you're playing against. That's how you can refrain yourselves from being under pressure at any stage. Good luck.

  • POSTED BY on | March 19, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    Save Tamim and Mash for the next round. Bring in Shamsur and RUbel may be. Send mahmudullah at 3 followed by Nasir and followed by Rahim since they also need to practice batting a little bit. Opt for batting if BD win the toss. Do not take the Hong Kong lightly as this is t20. Good luck

  • POSTED BY on | March 19, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    Gazi in for Reza , Shamsur for Tamim. Nasir and Mushi should get game time especially since very tough teams next round and Nasir really needs his confidence back. This is batting and bowling practice which is what the ICC prepared for Bangladesh...

  • POSTED BY on | March 19, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Tamim and Mash should be rested and be used for the super 10. Forhad Reza should be replaced with Mominul. The Selectors should give it a try and am sure the Team will be stronger will Mominul.

  • POSTED BY Fogu on | March 19, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    I agree with Mar Zan. I think Shamsur should start with Anamul with Nasir and Mominul following them. I think BD should bat first if we win the toss. We need to bat 20 overs since we have only batted 27 overs in two matches. Go Tigers!

  • POSTED BY rony1008 on | March 19, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    Hong Kong has good fast bowlers. Bangladesh should not take them lightly as the home team's progress to the next round is likely but mathematically the 2 other teams in the group still have chance.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 19, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    bangladesh can make changes in squad but whoever playing should give their best because in t20 anyone can win doesn't matter its HK or Afghanistan or Neplal . we should play natural game . we should not forget that HK beat zim in warm up game so we should not take them lightly .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 19, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    I think any how if bd lose in this match its won't prevent us from super 10 because of run rate . nepal and afganistan will give a tight match tomorrow so doesn't matter whoever win bd go to next stage although I will hate it if bd lose against HK . we should beat them in big margin and take this spirit to next stage .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 19, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    mortaza should be rested and become fit for the main event.others should play.shakib can bat lower the order to give some batting practice to mushfik and nasir.nasir has'nt made his presence felt yet.he should bat at 3 to get in the form.result is almost on the card.so its to see how bd wins this match.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 19, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    I think bd need to give some player rest like tamim . mashrafe and reza could be replaced by shamsur . rubel and mominul . farhad doesn't deserve stay in squad so mominul is best option . tamim and mashrafe need some rest for next stage because they came from injury .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 19, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    best of luck BD cricket team

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 19, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    they should rest tamim n mortaza

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  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 19, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    they should rest tamim n mortaza

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 19, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    best of luck BD cricket team

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 19, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    I think bd need to give some player rest like tamim . mashrafe and reza could be replaced by shamsur . rubel and mominul . farhad doesn't deserve stay in squad so mominul is best option . tamim and mashrafe need some rest for next stage because they came from injury .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 19, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    mortaza should be rested and become fit for the main event.others should play.shakib can bat lower the order to give some batting practice to mushfik and nasir.nasir has'nt made his presence felt yet.he should bat at 3 to get in the form.result is almost on the card.so its to see how bd wins this match.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 19, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    I think any how if bd lose in this match its won't prevent us from super 10 because of run rate . nepal and afganistan will give a tight match tomorrow so doesn't matter whoever win bd go to next stage although I will hate it if bd lose against HK . we should beat them in big margin and take this spirit to next stage .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 19, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    bangladesh can make changes in squad but whoever playing should give their best because in t20 anyone can win doesn't matter its HK or Afghanistan or Neplal . we should play natural game . we should not forget that HK beat zim in warm up game so we should not take them lightly .

  • POSTED BY rony1008 on | March 19, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    Hong Kong has good fast bowlers. Bangladesh should not take them lightly as the home team's progress to the next round is likely but mathematically the 2 other teams in the group still have chance.

  • POSTED BY Fogu on | March 19, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    I agree with Mar Zan. I think Shamsur should start with Anamul with Nasir and Mominul following them. I think BD should bat first if we win the toss. We need to bat 20 overs since we have only batted 27 overs in two matches. Go Tigers!

  • POSTED BY on | March 19, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Tamim and Mash should be rested and be used for the super 10. Forhad Reza should be replaced with Mominul. The Selectors should give it a try and am sure the Team will be stronger will Mominul.

  • POSTED BY on | March 19, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    Gazi in for Reza , Shamsur for Tamim. Nasir and Mushi should get game time especially since very tough teams next round and Nasir really needs his confidence back. This is batting and bowling practice which is what the ICC prepared for Bangladesh...