World T20 - 6th match, First Round Group A

Bangladesh v Nepal

Bangladesh won by 8 wickets (with 27 balls remaining)

Sanjay: "Just hoping Bangladesh don't mess up trying to win by a good margin. They're quite familiar with the pitch and seemingly should handle Nepali bowlers."

Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque are out in the middle. Tamim to face. Two slips.

0.1

Sompal Kami to Tamim Iqbal, no run, a short ball fired in from round the wicket, it climbs on Tamim and he ducks to let it pass

0.2

Sompal Kami to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, Tamim jumps down to a short ball and slashes hard towards point where the ball bursts through the fielders hands, skidding across the dewy turf

0.3

Sompal Kami to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, nudged off the pads towards midwicket for a single

0.4

Sompal Kami to Anamul Haque, no run, Anamul ducks but the ball doesn't rise, luckily for the batsman the line was outside off, else it might have hit his helmet

0.5

Sompal Kami to Anamul Haque, SIX, that's too short and Anamul has swivelled and played a cracking pull, flat, fast and flying over the head of the leaping fielder on the deep square leg boundary

0.6

Sompal Kami to Anamul Haque, FOUR, short and wide outside off, Anamul stands in his crease and sends the ball racing in front of point with a crisp cut

End of over 1 (13 runs) Bangladesh 13/0 (114 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 13.00, RRR: 6.00)
Anamul Haque    10* (3b 1x4 1x6)      Sompal Kami    1-0-13-0
Tamim Iqbal    3* (3b)     

Khadka to bowl from over the wicket.

1.1

Khadka to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, worked off the pads towards square leg

1.2

Khadka to Anamul Haque, no run, played back to the bowler on the back foot

1.3

Khadka to Anamul Haque, no run, pitching on leg from round the wicket, Anamul stays in his crease and plays to midwicket

1.4

Khadka to Anamul Haque, 1 run, nudged down the ground for a single to long on

1.5

Khadka to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, Tamim leans forward and works the ball towards square leg

1.6

Khadka to Anamul Haque, 1 run, worked off the pads once again in front of square leg

End of over 2 (4 runs) Bangladesh 17/0 (110 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 8.50, RRR: 6.11)
Anamul Haque    12* (7b 1x4 1x6)      P Khadka    1-0-4-0
Tamim Iqbal    5* (5b)      Sompal Kami    1-0-13-0

2.1

Sompal Kami to Anamul Haque, SIX, short once again and Anamul is up for it, and how! He pulls with style, getting under it and sending the ball flying over the fielder on the square leg boundary

2.2

Sompal Kami to Anamul Haque, no run, flicked off the pads to the fielder in the circle behind square

2.3

Sompal Kami to Anamul Haque, no run, a full ball from round the wicket, driven firmly to mid-on, Tamim wanted one but Anamul sent him back

2.4

Sompal Kami to Anamul Haque, 1 run, a full ball and a slower one, nudged towards midwicket where the fielder got the throw away quickly, Anamul put in a spectacular dive to make his ground

2.5

Sompal Kami to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, played with an open face behind point

2.6

Sompal Kami to Anamul Haque, no run, an appeal for lbw but that pitched far outside leg stump

End of over 3 (8 runs) Bangladesh 25/0 (102 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 8.33, RRR: 6.00)
Anamul Haque    19* (12b 1x4 2x6)      Sompal Kami    2-0-21-0
Tamim Iqbal    6* (6b)      P Khadka    1-0-4-0

3.1

Khadka to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, well placed, Tamim goes back and opens the face to play the square drive between two fielders in the point region

3.2

Khadka to Tamim Iqbal, no run, defended from the crease towards the bowler

3.3

Khadka to Tamim Iqbal, 1 leg bye, steps out of his crease and pads it away on the off side, a half-hearted attempt to defend

3.4

Khadka to Anamul Haque, no run, played towards cover from the crease

3.5

Khadka to Anamul Haque, 1 run, worked off the pads through square for a single

3.6

Khadka to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, strays down leg side, Tamim leans forward and across to nudge the ball delicately towards fine leg

End of over 4 (8 runs) Bangladesh 33/0 (94 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 8.25, RRR: 5.87)
Tamim Iqbal    12* (10b 1x4)      P Khadka    2-0-11-0
Anamul Haque    20* (14b 1x4 2x6)      Sompal Kami    2-0-21-0

Wasim: "i'm not sure if i'm seeing Anamul play for the first time or what. But this guy means business!"

Shakti Gauchan from round the wicket ... bowling left-arm spin.

4.1

Gauchan to Anamul Haque, no run, defended on the off side

4.2

Gauchan to Anamul Haque, no run, a bit too short, but Anamul mis-times it on the off side

4.3

Gauchan to Anamul Haque, no run, pitches outside off stump and skids on to the right-hander, Anamul mis-times towards the bowler

4.4

Gauchan to Anamul Haque, FOUR, Anamul goes back and towards leg and even though he has no room he manages to punch the ball in the air and clear the fielder at mid-off, once it hits the grass though it races across the dewy outfield to the boundary

4.5

Gauchan to Anamul Haque, no run, defended on the off side

4.6

Gauchan to Anamul Haque, FOUR, too short and wide outside off stump, Anamul cuts hard and beats the in field in front of point

End of over 5 (8 runs) Bangladesh 41/0 (86 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 8.20, RRR: 5.73)
Anamul Haque    28* (20b 3x4 2x6)      SP Gauchan    1-0-8-0
Tamim Iqbal    12* (10b 1x4)      P Khadka    2-0-11-0

5.1

Khadka to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, nudged off the front foot towards the leg side for a single

5.2

Khadka to Anamul Haque, no run, defended from the crease

5.3

Khadka to Anamul Haque, 1 run, played off the back foot towards mid off

5.4

Khadka to Tamim Iqbal, SIX, there's a long on in place but Tamim doesn't care, he charges and takes on the fielder and even though he doesn't make perfect contact he manages to clear the boundary

5.5

Khadka to Tamim Iqbal, no run, played from the crease on the off side

5.6

Khadka to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, Tamim skips out of his crease once again and launches the ball flat over the fielder at mid-off with a powerful drive

End of over 6 (12 runs) Bangladesh 53/0 (74 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 8.83, RRR: 5.28)
Tamim Iqbal    23* (14b 2x4 1x6)      P Khadka    3-0-23-0
Anamul Haque    29* (22b 3x4 2x6)      SP Gauchan    1-0-8-0

The fielding restrictions are now over.

6.1

Mukhiya to Anamul Haque, 1 run, good length on off and middle, blocked close on the off side for a single

6.2

Mukhiya to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, Tamim doesn't have much room but he manages to get the ball away through point with a whippy cut, the fielder dives full length on the boundary to save the four

6.3

Mukhiya to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Tamim tries to drive from the crease on the up through the off side but he gets beaten by the extra bounce from a length

6.4

Mukhiya to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, short of a length with width outside off, Tamim cuts it hard through cover point to the fielder in the deep

6.5

Mukhiya to Anamul Haque, 1 run, worked off the pads through square leg

6.6

Mukhiya to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, a length ball on the pads, flicked from the crease through square leg

End of over 7 (6 runs) Bangladesh 59/0 (68 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 8.42, RRR: 5.23)
Tamim Iqbal    27* (18b 2x4 1x6)      JK Mukhiya    1-0-6-0
Anamul Haque    31* (24b 3x4 2x6)      P Khadka    3-0-23-0

Basant Regmi to bowl left-arm spin.

7.1

Regmi to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, bowled full across the left-hander from round the wicket, nudged off the front foot on the off side for a single

7.2

Regmi to Anamul Haque, 1 run, not much room to work with, Anamul goes back and muscles the ball towards long on for another single

7.3

Regmi to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, Tamim charges and frees his arms, this time he mis-times the ball, connecting with the bottom of the bat and it drops well short of long off

7.4

Regmi to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Tamim goes back to cut but is beaten by a flatter one outside off

7.5

Regmi to Tamim Iqbal, OUT, caught at short third man! Tamim charged again and slogged, aiming for the stands. He wasn't to the pitch of the ball, not by a long way, and the ball lobbed into Sagar Pun's hands off the outside edge

Tamim Iqbal c Sagar Pun b Regmi 30 (32m 22b 2x4 1x6) SR: 136.36

Shabbir Rahman, 22, is in at No. 3.

7.6

Regmi to Sabbir Rahman, no run, defended on the front foot on the leg side

End of over 8 (4 runs) Bangladesh 63/1 (64 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 7.87, RRR: 5.33)
Sabbir Rahman    0* (1b)      B Regmi    1-0-4-1
Anamul Haque    32* (25b 3x4 2x6)      JK Mukhiya    1-0-6-0

Israr Hashmi: "It is now Highest opening partnership for Bangladesh in T20Is. Previous: Ashraful/Tamim 62 vs Ireland."

8.1

Mukhiya to Anamul Haque, 1 run, played with soft hands close on the off side for a single

8.2

Mukhiya to Sabbir Rahman, no run, good length outside off stump, defended from the crease towards point

amir: "Why does not tamim ever bat till the end? I think he is seeing Nepal as a weak team and thinks this is batting practice. He deserves to be out. "

8.3

Mukhiya to Sabbir Rahman, FOUR, Rahman's off the mark with a statement! He jumps out of the crease to a short of a length ball and smashes it with a flat bat past the fielder at mid-on

8.4

Mukhiya to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, a full ball outside off stump, driven towards cover for a single

8.5

Mukhiya to Anamul Haque, no run, good length around off stump, defended from the crease with a straight bat

8.6

Mukhiya to Anamul Haque, FOUR, too short, and with width outside off, Anamul waits for it and then cuts hard, the ball beats point and screams across the wet grass

End of over 9 (10 runs) Bangladesh 73/1 (54 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 8.11, RRR: 4.90)
Anamul Haque    37* (28b 4x4 2x6)      JK Mukhiya    2-0-16-0
Sabbir Rahman    5* (4b 1x4)      B Regmi    1-0-4-1

9.1

Regmi to Sabbir Rahman, 1 leg bye, tries to work the ball off the pads but misses and collects a leg bye on the off side, an appeal from the bowler from lbw but that was missing leg stump

9.2

Regmi to Anamul Haque, no run, defended on the front foot towards the leg side, the bowler slowed the pace down nicely

9.3

Regmi to Anamul Haque, no run, defended from the crease with a straight bat, a wicket to wicket line from the bowler

9.4

Regmi to Anamul Haque, 1 run, nudged off the pads behind square leg

9.5

Regmi to Sabbir Rahman, no run, tossed up nearly into the blockhole, defended from the crease on the leg side

9.6

Regmi to Sabbir Rahman, no run, steps out of his crease and defends once he isn't to the pitch of the ball

End of over 10 (2 runs) Bangladesh 75/1 (52 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.50, RRR: 5.20)
Sabbir Rahman    5* (7b 1x4)      B Regmi    2-0-5-1
Anamul Haque    38* (31b 4x4 2x6)      JK Mukhiya    2-0-16-0

sam richards: "bangladesh really has to accelerate and finish this quick to increase their net run rate to be on safer side."

10.1

Gauchan to Anamul Haque, FOUR, Anamul's made room to hit the ball on the off side and he ended up slapping the ball in the air but wide of the man at cover, he hit that very hard

10.2

Gauchan to Anamul Haque, OUT, there's a run out! The fielder at point does superbly. Anamul had cut the ball hard towards point, where the man dived to his right and brought down the ball. He recovered quickly and threw to the keeper's end. Anamul had sprinted for the single right away but his partner did not respond. Both batsmen were virtually level at the bowler's end of the pitch when the bails were broken by the keeper, and it is Anamul who has to go

Anamul Haque run out 42 (48m 33b 5x4 2x6) SR: 127.27

10.3

Gauchan to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, Shakib tries to scoop his first ball! And I think he scooped it on to the visor of his helmet

10.4

Gauchan to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, Shakib attempts the scoop again and this time his visor is not in the way and he manages to get off the mark with a couple

10.5

Gauchan to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, Shakib closes the face early, playing for the turn, the leading edge falls short of the man at cover

10.6

Gauchan to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, Shakib gets down on one knee and attempts a slog sweep, he misses and is hit on the pad

End of over 11 (6 runs) Bangladesh 81/2 (46 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 7.36, RRR: 5.11)
Shakib Al Hasan    2* (4b)      SP Gauchan    2-0-14-0
Sabbir Rahman    5* (7b 1x4)      B Regmi    2-0-5-1

11.1

Regmi to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, Shabbir gets down on one knee and sweeps hard, making good contact to send the ball towards deep square leg

11.2

Regmi to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, defended back to the bowler from the crease

Khademul Haque: "Richards, safer side? Do you think Bangladesh will lose to Hong Kong? I don't think so. So the question of net run rate will not arise at all, even if the last match gets washed out..."

11.3

Regmi to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, Shakib slogs and mistimes the ball in front of square leg

11.4

Regmi to Sabbir Rahman, no run, Shabbir steps out of his crease but isn't to the pitch of the ball, he defends back to the bowler

11.5

Regmi to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, pushed towards extra cover off the back foot for a single

gav: "Loud 'No!' in the stump mike from Sabbir. Silly from Anamul and carries on like a child afterwards. Not impressed"

11.6

Regmi to Shakib Al Hasan, SIX, Shakib mows the ball over the wide long-on boundary with a powerful, full swing of the arms. He jumped out of his crease, got to the pitch of the ball, and hit it right out of the middle

End of over 12 (9 runs) Bangladesh 90/2 (37 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.50, RRR: 4.62)
Shakib Al Hasan    9* (7b 1x6)      B Regmi    3-0-14-1
Sabbir Rahman    7* (10b 1x4)      SP Gauchan    2-0-14-0

12.1

Gauchan to Sabbir Rahman, no run, driven off the front foot to midwicket

12.2

Gauchan to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, driven on the front foot to long off

12.3

Gauchan to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, Shakib moves far outside leg stump to drive the ball from round the wicket inside out through the off side

12.4

Gauchan to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, Shabbir slogs the ball from far outside off stump, mis-timing it though midwicket

12.5

Gauchan to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, driven to long on for another single

12.6

Gauchan to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, steps out and drives the ball hard towards long-on

End of over 13 (5 runs) Bangladesh 95/2 (32 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.30, RRR: 4.57)
Sabbir Rahman    10* (14b 1x4)      SP Gauchan    3-0-19-0
Shakib Al Hasan    11* (9b 1x6)      B Regmi    3-0-14-1

13.1

Sagar Pun to Sabbir Rahman, no run, beaten outside the off stump by one that skids on across the right-hander

13.2

Sagar Pun to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, Shabbir charges and slogs, makes no proper contact and gets a bottom edge

13.3

Sagar Pun to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, Shakib steps out this time and thumps the ball to long-on

13.4

Sagar Pun to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, Shabbir sweeps and gets a top edge that swirls in the air in the direction of short fine leg, the fielder Shakti makes a mess of it and dives in vain in the end

13.5

Sagar Pun to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, Shakib takes two steps out again and clubs the ball towards long-on

13.6

Sagar Pun to Sabbir Rahman, 2 runs, cut late off the back foot behind point

End of over 14 (6 runs) Bangladesh 101/2 (26 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.21, RRR: 4.33)
Sabbir Rahman    14* (18b 1x4)      Sagar Pun    1-0-6-0
Shakib Al Hasan    13* (11b 1x6)      SP Gauchan    3-0-19-0

14.1

Gauchan to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, Shakib steps out once again and drives the ball firmly between the bowler at the non-striker, he gets only one though

14.2

Gauchan to Sabbir Rahman, SIX, that's a huge hit, it's in the stands. The length and line allowed Sabbir to free his arms and smash the ball into the stands beyond midwicket

14.3

Gauchan to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, bowled slower and wider outside off, Sabbir reaches for it and plays the ball towards point

14.4

Gauchan to Shakib Al Hasan, SIX, Shakib goes the distance now, stepping out and slogging the ball high and far over deep midwicket. Bangladesh finishing this in a hurry

14.5

Gauchan to Shakib Al Hasan, SIX, a full toss and Shakib has smashed it over the deep midwicket boundary, only six needed now. 20 off the over so far ...

14.6

Gauchan to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, Shakib goes back and pulls the ball towards the fielder at deep square leg

End of over 15 (21 runs) Bangladesh 122/2 (5 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 8.13, RRR: 1.00)
Shakib Al Hasan    27* (15b 3x6)      SP Gauchan    4-0-40-0
Sabbir Rahman    21* (20b 1x4 1x6)      Sagar Pun    1-0-6-0

15.1

Sagar Pun to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, Shakib levels the score with a powerful straight drive, came forward and hit it hard and flat towards long on

15.2

Sagar Pun to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, that kept so low and Shakib was good enough to keep it out, he refuses the single! The run was there for the taking but he evidently wants to hit a big one

15.3

Sagar Pun to Shakib Al Hasan, SIX, and he's done it, I'm not sure I like what Shakib did there but what do I know! He ends the game by heaving one over the long-on boundary ... Bangladesh win with 27 balls to spare

10.35 pm Bangladesh have won both their qualifying matches so far. Shakib was on fire today, clouting 37 off 18 balls. Nepal shouldn't be too upset, though. The conditions - heavy dew - were difficult to content with.

Al-Amin Hossain is the Man of the Match for his spell of 4-0-17-2. He bowled a terrific final over to keep Nepal to 126 for 5, after Bangladesh had won the toss.

Pudota: "That's childish from Shakib. As a professional cricketer, he has to show that he is above such simple things as refusing to take winning run to hit a six next ball. He could have been out trying to do that."

Jacob Daniel: "What Shakib has done is increased the run rate after securing the win...plus the entertainment value...so I can understand what he has done."

Paras Khadka says Nepal needed 140-plus to challenge Bangladesh in these conditions. He says Nepal got stuck and didn't rotate strike in the middle, and lacked the big hits too. Nepal didn't hit a single six.

Rohit : "Give him [Shakib] a break. Its just a warm-up game. What use is it if you don't actually flex your muscles a bit. Its called warm-up for a reason, I believe."

Mushfiqur says the toss was important because of the dew, it was very difficult to grip the ball. "shakib is a champion, he knows how he can hit ... there were plenty of balls and ... it was great to see ..."

Thank you for all your emails today. That's all we've got for you from the commentary team. See you tomorrow for another double-header. Cheers.

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Mar 18, 2014

Shakib Al Hasan hastened the end with some lusty blows, Bangladesh v Nepal, World T20, Group A, Chittagong, March 18, 2014

Shakib Al Hasan hastened the end with some lusty blows

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Mar 18, 2014

Basant Regmi is congratulated after dismissing Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh v Nepal, World T20, Group A, Chittagong, March 18, 2014

Basant Regmi is congratulated after dismissing Tamim Iqbal

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