Bangladesh v Hong Kong, World T20, Group A, Chittagong March 20, 2014

Dar guides HK to historic win; Bangladesh through


Hong Kong 114 for 8 (Dar 36, Shakib 3-9) beat Bangladesh 108 (Nadeem 4-21, Nizakat 3-19)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Hong Kong gave every Associate nation a reason to rejoice by pulling off the shock of the tournament thus far beating Bangladesh by two wickets in a last-over finish, despite the hosts managing to edge past Nepal on net run-rate for a place in the Super 10s.

Haseeb Amjad smacked Abdur Razzak for a six over extra cover to complete the win in 19.4 overs. But the match was set up by their bowlers who bowled out of their literal skins, with Nadeem Ahmed winning the man-of-the-match award for his four-wicket haul. Irfan Ahmed and Munir Dar completed their greatest ever triumph with a cluster of boundaries when the game could have sprung out of their reach.

For once, Irfan didn't get out to the first ball of the innings as Al-Amin Hossain dropped a simple return catch. Then it was Rubel Hossain who dropped him on 12 at short third man and injured himself. But in between and after, Irfan blasted three sixes and three fours in his 28-ball 34 that ate into Bangladesh's tiny total - their second lowest in T20s. They suffered a collapse too, but it was Dar, the veteran, who stood firm in the end, biffing three fours and a six in his 36 off 27 balls.

Dar had to endure a collision with Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim while trying to complete a second run in the 15th over. But fatefully, he found Farhad Reza, a former teammate from the only time he played in the Dhaka Premier League seven years ago, to his liking and smashed 15 runs in the 17th over when they needed 26 runs off 24 balls.

Hong Kong, however, waded into Bangladesh with the ball in hand. Left-arm spinner Nadeem took 4 for 21, his best bowling figures in T20s while Nizakat Khan, whose bowling action has a slight Shahid Afridi resemblance, picked up three wickets for 19 runs. Irfan Ahmed's only wicket started the Bangladesh batting collapse while Tanwir Afzal's two early wickets helped Hong Kong keep the noise in the ground down.

Bangladesh's descent started, as it does when they play this poorly, in the first over when Tamim Iqbal tried to cut Tanwir's incoming delivery and had his off stump flattened. Tanwir trapped Sabbir Rahman with another delivery that went in, and replays showed it would have crashed into leg and middle.

Anamul Haque and Shakib Al Hasan, perhaps embarrassed by the early wickets or driven by superiority, went after the Hong Kong bowlers till the end of the Powerplay overs. Off the last ball of the sixth over, just after he had struck Nadeem for three consecutive boundaries, Anamul played on to an innocuous delivery. Bangladesh were still going strong in the eleventh over when Shakib played a scoop, tried another and then finally gave a simple catch to deep midwicket. The shot didn't do justice to the comfort of 85 for 3, but do any of their shots ever?

That's when the rot took over. In the space of 5.5 overs, Hong Kong not just got themselves into the game, they got on top of it and ruled. Mushfiqur's attempted slog at Nizakat fell at cover's hands. Mahmudullah was bowled by Nadeem as he tried to pick a single on the off-side, the delivery looking far better in the TV replay as there was a bit of confusion whether Jamie Atkinson had deflected it.

Atkinson then gulped in Reza's edge off Nizakat and then took an even better take off the next ball to dismiss Razzak. It was 101 for 8 in the 14th over. Soon Rubel Hossain was removed by Nadeem, and then with a chance to construct a last-wicket resistance, Nasir Hossain decided to give Al-Amin Hossain the strike. The result was predictable as the No 11 holed out at long-on, a spectacular catch by Babar Hayat, who had earlier let one slip through his legs.

The collapse complete with seven wickets falling in 5.5 overs, for just 23 runs. This was a batting disgrace, particularly the attitude that came with the batting.

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

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  • VIJAY on March 23, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    @ammo666...even Kenya reached semi final once in a big events like World me one such instance of BD (except Asia cup final in 2012) in these 20 years?....the associate countries are hard worker than the ordinary BD team...we are seeing it in the field...if they get proper infrastructure and support, they can surpass BD team within few years...

  • sohel on March 23, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    Bangladeshi haters are blindfolded when they won convincingly against AFG,IRE, UAE and Nepal but hey they wouldn't say that because they hate Bangladesh and I know why hand on heart they believe before the game Bangladesh might win the game when they are playing against top 8 .

  • Soumodeep on March 23, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    And about series abroad, trust me we Indians are very aware of that and are quite disappointed and critical about it. We are not bragging how we tied one match with NZ. We didn't brag how we beat SA before and how we thrashed Bangladesh before. We didn't trash talk about other team. We didn't try to prove how other teams are so much more horrible. We just kept on saying how we were just too horrible. Criticize your team, don't criticize other team and point out others loses. There are ample loses for us to point out for your team. You don't want us to get started.

  • Soumodeep on March 23, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    14 years since test status and no major titles to show off for nor major tournament victories but NZ and Ireland. You showing off against Ireland. Really. I think HK, Ireland and Afghans have bragging rights over here.

    Oh the ignorance and arrogance of Bangla fans and still they refuse to back down. Just admit it, you lost, you ain't good enough now. Accept it like we Indian fans do. We overdo it, but atleast we don't talk smack or brag when we lose to Bangladesh like. We criticize us more.

    Really bangladesh. Even if you beat one team in super 10, it doesn't change thing. We will then call it a fluke too like you called HK's win a fluke. Try to get into atleast top 5 ranking, then it will be more relevant to show off your arrogance and ignorance. But please learn to be humble.

  • Dummy4 on March 23, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    @smukhles, pls read through my comment ! your understanding is nowhere near what i wanted to say about our team!

  • Kaustav on March 22, 2014, 23:12 GMT

    @ammo666, please stop claiming false facts. BD did not beat NZ in NZ. In home pitches, even India thrashes NZ every single time. So you can not compare apples with oranges. And what do you have to go for such indirect comparison when BD and India played each other only last month. Did not you see what your world beating side do then? And please don't preach associates about earning test status by hard work. Everyone knows Ireland, Kenya etc have achieved much more than BD. BD did not get test status for hard work..they got it through back door via Dalmiya and bcci. No wonder they never look like they belong.

  • mo on March 22, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Its a shame for the Bangladesh cricket board that after gaining test status many years ago, they have still not managed to find or groom a single fast bowler. Its just pathetic. The board must be riddled with as much corruption as the government.

    Looking at the team even a pub side would fancy their chances against this bunch. I am sure if the selection committee gave a fair trial to players from other parts of BD not just Dhaka and Chitagong they would find players who will be able to represent BD and make us all proud.

  • mo on March 22, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    The Bangladesh cricket team is a joke. I thought they have improved after a few close games with sri lanka and pakistan but watching the current team at the t20 world cup, get the feeling some of the associates like netherland and ireland would roll them over.

    The previous bunch of players like ashraful, aftab and kapoli etc were much better than these players. With the exception of tamim iqbal, sakib, razzak and mashrafe there is no other player which any opposition will be afraid to face.

    There are one or two players with potential like sabbir ahmed, the others like are just not good enough. With the exception of tamim and sakib how many of the other players would get into the irish or netherlands team.

  • Shah on March 22, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    @vkias: Opportunity???? Courtesy???? i doubt where is your brain hiding now you are a real JOKE here:D..your so called legendary IND is nothing so much rather than "Flat Track Bullies" they have really gone famous now by this appropriate title & also they are over rated..& IND got white washed in their last ODI series against NZ & this same NZ team got white washed by BD now see the difference this is sufficient to know the story of IND'n cricket now..& BD improved much than before so this two loss can never say all even though they are the group champion..if you have idea about cricket then you won't have fall from the sky & i mentioned earlier what i had to so if you have minimum common sense then you wouldn't have come to argue with the same issue, read it again!! by the way you must think 100 times before raising ques about BD's test status..tell your world class world beaters associates to earn test status like BD fairly then come to compare with them as if its a piece of cake...!

  • Dummy4 on March 22, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    bangladesh need some quality fast bowlers like mashrafi who can swing the ball both ways and have little bit of pace.last 3 years we have been playing good cricket.Even some australian come up to me if we have conversation they always talk about cricktet first and appreciate bangladesh's progress.average players age is below they are pretty as i said its matter of time to become the best.lot of peple said we only lose but last 3 years we have beaten nz,wi,draw test series against SL,2012 runner yes ICC knows bangladesh has potential.thats why we 've been hosting big comps.recently we just bult the 3rd largest cricket stadium in the world.we have now 8 intl standard cricket i do not see why should not ICC give bangladesh more exposure to play against top teams like australi,south africa.