Bangladesh thrashed Nepal in their qualifying round match of the ICC World Twenty20 2014 by 8 wickets. Chasing 127 to win, the Bangladesh batsmen started off in sublime fashion and didn’t lose any wickets within the power play. Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque gave the hosts a great start and shared a partnership of 63, before Tamim fell to a spinning delivery from Regmi.
Anamul continued his good form from the Asia cup, as he scored a quick fire 42 before being run out in the 11th over. From then onwards though it was all Shakib al Hasan show as he smacked the Nepal bowlers for four massive sixes as he scored a quick fire 37 of only 18 deliveries. He shared an unbeaten partnership of 53 runs with Sabbir Rehman just when it looked like that the Nepal team were getting back into the game. In what was moving towards being a close game, Shakib destroyed any hope of a Nepal comeback and a series of big hits made sure that Bangladesh achieved the total comfortably with 27 deliveries to spare.
Earlier Nepal had put on a respectable total thanks mainly to their captain Paras Khadka and Sharad Vesawkar. The Nepal innings was blocked due to some disciplined and smart bowling from Al Amin Hossain who picked up 2/17 in his 4 overs. The Bangladeshi bowlers made sure that the Nepal team never got away with easy runs and didn’t allow their run rate to climb above 6 RPO.
This win now puts Bangladesh on top of group A, with 2 wins in two matches. They next face Hong Kong, who have lost both their matches and are already out of the tournament. They seem to be safely in the next round as the Hong Kong team looks to be out of form.
On the other hand, Nepal would look to learn from the mistakes they made in this game and win their next game against Afghanistan to keep their hopes alive in the tournament. They have won 1 and lost 1 out of the two matches they’ve played and would pray for Hong Kong to beat Bangladesh in order to have any chance to reach in the next stage.
Result: Bangladesh 132/2 in 15.3 overs beat Nepal 126/5 by 8 wickets.
Man of the match: Al Amin Hossain.