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

Bangladesh chastened after scare

The hosts are into the Super 10s, but it was with a whimper as they suffered embarrassment at the hands of Hong Kong after an awful display with the bat

In 1981 when Norway shocked England in a football World Cup qualifier, so excited was the late Norwegian commentator Bjørge Lillelien that he beckoned four British prime ministers, an admiral, a press baron, a boxer and a member of the Royal family in a famous outburst.

Hong Kong does not have a famous cricket commentator, nor cricketers. But they have handed Bangladesh an objective lesson in how not to be overconfident after crushing two Associate nations.

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim, like he has done a few times in the past, took a bit of the blame when clearly he was not the only one who played a shocking shot or showed a shocking attitude. Tamim Iqbal did not necessarily have to chop a ball homing in on off stump, neither was Shakib Al Hasan was required to slog one right into deep midwicket's throat when Bangladesh were batting well on 85 for 3.

Anamul Haque had struck three boundaries in a row but got out trying to play another attacking shot off the next ball. But Mushfiqur did not mention him, nor held Tamim or Shakib responsible.

"I don't think they were too attacking," Mushfiqur said. "Tamim missed the line of the ball while trying to play a defensive shot. Shakib was the only set batsman in that wicket and he had the responsibility to not just keep the batting in shape but put up a competitive score.

"So in that sense, he was playing well and nobody was supporting him that well. He played a good shot but it went to the fielder. I could have waited to play my shot for two or three overs. But I never expected the collapse that came after me. I was telling them in the dugout that we need a partnership in the late order. It is really disappointing because there is a way to get out. I think they are trying, but they should do it a little more willingly."

The full impact of the collapse was 7 for 23 in 5.5 overs. Bangladesh crashed from 85 for 3 in the eleventh over to be bowled out for 108 in the 17th. Mushfiqur laid the blame for the defeat on the collapse, but said Nasir Hossain was unlucky to have Al-Amin Hossain as a partner in the last five overs and suggested Farhad Reza will be dropped in the next game.

"Nasir hasn't been performing up to his potential but he didn't have a batsman at the other end to support him at that stage. He could have batted naturally in the last three or four overs. He was having problem timing the ball so he was unlucky. The full blame is on the top and middle-order.

"The team management thought that it would be better to pick the extra seamer in an evening game. Unfortunately he didn't perform tonight and in the last few matches. Hopefully we will have a different combination in Dhaka where there will be different conditions."

Mushfiqur still had hopes of a turnaround in the Super 10s, to which they qualified quietly in the 14th over of the Hong Kong's innings.

"This is a very bad feeling, whether we make it to the Super 10 or not," he said. "I could never expect such a poor batting performance from our team. But having said that, anything can happen in T20s, so I would say that we have a chance against all four big teams. If we play to our potential, we can win any day."

That day however wasn't Thursday. With Lillelien's spirit hovering somewhere over the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury media centre, moments after little-known Haseeb Amjad took a six off accomplished left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak to win Hong Kong the game, who could almost hear a version of the famous line 33 years ago.

"We are the best in the world! We are the best in the world! We have beaten Bangladesh by two wickets in cricket!! It is completely unbelievable! We have beaten Bangladesh! Bangladesh, birthplace of minnows. Akram Khan, Aminul Islam, Minhajul Abedin, Naimur Rahman, Habibul Bashar, Mohammad Ashraful, Salma Khatun - we have beaten them all. We have beaten them all."

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

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  • Mathuran on March 23, 2014, 23:14 GMT

    shakib showed his class by hitting a six against an associate team and the same returned back to them for their arrogance...just ask sakib to do the same thing against other big guns??...will he have the guts to do matter if he did it for the fans or is a gentlemen game...tht sort of behaviour is equal to insulting the opponents...what goes around..comes will keep on losing until their fans stop praising their team for 1 o 2 wins and start constantly criticize for their weakness.. i think associate nations should feel shameful to play against a team with this much inconsistency...

  • Sean on March 22, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    ...or show us that you're grown men capable of doing a job. You represent a nation, so the character illustrated on camera is the one others will brand you by. You are better than that. Think you made some progress huh, guess what not hardly enough. Even the associates made better progress, let alone test teams. Time to make some changes and think outside the box. You are inches away from shutting the critics and stamp yourself as an established test nation, Be a man not boys and just do it. Recognize your strengths and weaknesses and act accordingly. Your nation comes first not your own personal agenda. You gotta show the world that yes! Bangladeshis are mentally tough, strong willed, skilled cricketers capable @ doing their jobs and does belong at the top level. ...not just the biggest birthplace of the minnows.

  • Dummy4 on March 21, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    <Md. Ashraf> Nasir was in the same position to show his responsibility and guide the lower order batsmen in the match against Afghanistan in recently concluded Asia cup. He showed the similar level of responsibility in HK game. A tag of "Finisher" means in depth responsibility and guiding the tail enders towards the target taking the max toll of the burden. It will be good for BD as quick as he realizes.

  • Dummy4 on March 21, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    In super 10 I want this bating order for B'desh.. 1.Tamim 2.Anamul 3.Shakib(in at no3 shakib ave-over 35 /top score 84 & 3-50's) 4.Rahim 5.Nasir 6.Sabbir 7.Mominul 8.Gazi/Al-amin 9.Mashrafi 10.Razzak 11.Rubel This is B'besh best 11...

  • Dummy4 on March 21, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    <MD. Karim> what you think about Nasir are absolute rabbis. Nasir performe consistent in last 2 year's, he gave B'desh many win. he is B'desh best finisher.. B'desh need proper batsman like Mominul not Mimi all rounder like Mahmudulla. and Rumman needs bat lower order...

  • Sarang on March 21, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    well done, HK. Bangladesh have again showed that they are only gully cricketers who wield their bat sometimes to find runs sometimes but talk as if they are Australia. Lost to Afghanistan and the captain comes out and talks only about his team's mistakes. Coming into Asia cup, talks about revenge against Afghanistan and then, 2 simple games again talks about how good they are. I mean, honestly, with all the talks of most powerful cricket board, even Indians don't talk that low about these associate or smaller cricket nations. BD, you need to learn a lot before you can talk yourself up.

  • Android on March 21, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    is there a problem to praise other team's efforts instead of just justifying own mistakes as if winning against BD is an impossible task anyway.

  • Randika on March 21, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Too bad Netherlands were in teh other group. If they were drawn in this group in place of HK or Nepal, they would have won the group instead of BD. Then the rightful two best teams out of the second tier, Ireland and Netherlands would have qualified for the main draw

  • Mohammad on March 21, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    'Bangladesh Cricket' has died in the hands of current BCB administration, chief selector Faruq & Captain Mushfiq. Zimbabwe only lost to Ireland recently ( Ire ODI ranking 11, T20I ranking 9), Bangladesh recently lost to Afghanistan (Afg ODI ranking 12, T20I ranking 11) and lost to Hong Kong (HK ODI ranking -unranked means below the ranked 12 teams, T20I ranking -unranked means below the ranked 16 teams)

  • Nasim on March 21, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    There goes a saying - Once bitten, twice shy. For Mushy it's the third time and yet his post-match reactions haven't improved a bit, let alone on-field captaincy. First, after the Zimbabwe tour he just quit childishly. Then shamefully questioned his own team's commitment after the Afghan upset. Finally now, being equally guilty himself, he is blaming his lower order batters of getting out irresponsibly. The superiority complex, he suffers from, is often evident by how he holds his fellow individual team-mates, e.g. when he snubbed Al-Amin's first ever international wicket (in the last NZ series), or when he dismissed Ziaur Rahman as too part-time a bowler to get to bowl (after the Pakistan match in Asia Cup) ...

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