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Amjad celebrates after smashing a six to seal the deal for Hong Kong
Even though they suffered an embarrassing two-wicket loss to Hong Kong in Chittagong, Bangladesh should consider themselves lucky to have qualified for the Super-10 stage of the World Twenty20.
Nadeem Ahmed was the standout performer with the ball for Hong Kong as he took four wickets, while Munir Dar starred with the bat, scoring a match-winning 36.
Hong Kong captain Jamie Atkinson would have been over the moon with his decision to bowl first as Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal was clean bowled by Tanwir Afzal off the second ball of the innings.
Afzal struck again just four balls later when he trapped Sabbir Rahman lbw for just two runs.
Anamul Haque made a quickfire 26 before he was cleaned up by Nadeem Ahmed.
Shakib Al Hasan scored 34 runs before he was caught by Nizakat Khan at deep midwicket off the bowling of Irfan Ahmed.
Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim made 23 runs before he was caught by Munir Dar at extra cover off the bowling of Khan.
Mahmudullah only scored two runs before he was clean bowled by Nadeem Ahmed.
Things only got worse from there for Bangladesh as their lower order completely collapsed and they went from being 96/6 to 108 all out.
Nadeem Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Khan snapped up three, Afzal took two and Irfan Ahmed chipped in with one.
Chasing a simple target of 109, Hong Kong got off to a poor start as opening batsman Waqas Barkat was caught behind off the bowling of Al Hasan for a duck.
Irfan Ahmed made 34 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Al Hasan.
Al Hasan struck again just five balls later when he trapped Atkinson lbw for only seven runs.
Babar Hayat failed to have an impact either as he was caught behind off the bowling of Al-Amin Hossain for one run.
Mark Chapman only made five runs before he was clean bowled by Mahmudullah.
Khan scored 12 runs before he was caught by the Mominul Haque, who was the substitute fielder, at deep backward square leg off the bowling of Mahmudullah.
Dar smashed a quickfire 36, which came off 27 balls and included three boundaries and a six, before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Abdur Razzak.
Afzal failed to trouble the scorers as he was clean bowled by Rahman.
Needing six runs to win off the last over, Hong Kong levelled the scores after three balls, but it was on the fourth ball that Haseeb Amjad walloped a huge six to kick off the celebrations.
Al Hasan was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Mahmudullah picked up two and Hossain, Razzak and Rahman chipped in with one wicket each.
Rahim was disgusted with his team’s performance, and said: “It is a positive that we qualified for the Super 10s. We didn’t read the wicket very well, we thought it was a 140 wicket. Rubel Hossain is not doing good, let’s see how he is tomorrow.”
Atkinson described the victory as the “biggest win in our history”, and said: “We’ve got a couple of tournaments at the Associate level coming up and we are looking to build on what we have achieved here.”
Nadeem Ahmed was named Man of the Match, and said: “This effort is dedicated to my parents, who put in a lot of work for my cricket. There was nothing in the wicket, sometimes it was keeping low, sometimes it slides through, just wanted to use that. Great experience playing in front of big crowds.”