Home > News >

Bangladesh vs Nepal ICC World T20 2014 Qualifier Preview: Potential Group A decider on the cards

Bangladesh will aim to carry their winning momentum © AFP
Bangladesh will aim to carry their winning momentum © AFP

By Shrikant Shankar

 

Mar 18, 2014

This is the battle of the victors from the first set of matches in the qualifying phase of the ICC World T20 2014. Bangladesh and Nepal won their opening fixtures in Group A comprehensively, and they now face each other in a crucial clash at Chittagong in the T20 World Cup. A win for either will put them in the driver’s seat to qualify from the group into the Super 10s.

Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by nine wickets and put their net run-rate at a good high. On the other hand, Nepal thrashed Hong Kong by 80 runs to better that and now top Group A. It is needless to mention the magnitude of the match. If the next matches for these teams prove to be victories, then their clash will decide who progresses. This will be a charged up atmosphere as fans from both teams are vocal and emotional.

The hosts Bangladesh would not like to miss the party that they themselves are looking good. All their big-name players are available and on paper they are the stronger team. They are led by Mushfiqur Rahim and their best player is Shakib Al Hasan. They also have the likes of Anamul Haque, Mominul Haque and Tamim Iqbal in their batting line-up. Their bowling line-up consists Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain and Mahmudullah.

ICC World T20 2014 schedule: Match time table with venue details

ICC World T20 2014 Points Table and Team Standings

Nepal impressed everyone with their flair and spark in their first match. They are top-heavy in their batting and would hope the top-order does the bulk of the scoring. Subash Khakurel, Sagar Pun, Gyanendra Malla and captain Paras Khadka are their main batsmen. Binod Bhandari and Sharad Vewaskar are handy in the middle-order. Nepal’s bowlers skittled Hong Kong for only 69 runs, which implies the Bangladeshi batsmen will have to be wary of their opponents.

Spinners Basant Regmi and Shakti Gauchan were too good for the Hong Kong batsmen as they took three wickets each. Sompal Kami, JItendra Mukhiya and Khadka were also amongst the wickets. However, Bangladesh are the favourites and would hope to send out a clear message in the qualifying phase by stamping their authority. Nepal are the underdogs and will have not as much expectations are compared to their hosts.

Squads:

Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (c&wk), Al-Amin Hossain, Anamul Haque, Farhad Reza, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shamsur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Sohag Gazi, Tamim Iqbal.

Nepal: Paras Khadka (c), Pradeep Airee, Prithu Baskota, Binod Bhandari, Naresh Budhaayer, Shakti Gauchan, Sompal Kami, Avinash Karn, Subash Khakurel, Gyanendra Malla, Jitendra Mukhiya, Sagar Pun, Basant Regmi, Sharad Vesawkar, Rahul Vishwakarma.

Time: 19:00 IST | 13:30 GMT

(Shrikant Shankar is a writer/reporter at CricketCountry.com. Previously he has done audio commentary for various matches involving India, Indian Premier League and Champions League Twenty20 for ESPNSTAR.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Shrikant_23)

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Chittagong

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Colombo

More

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Sydney

Australia won by 2 wkts

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 22, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 87 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Melbourne

Australia won by 3 wkts

Photos

Australia vs South Africa, 3rd ODI at Canberra

Videos

SL vs Eng: Buttler practices wicketkeeping in nets

Quinton de Kock’s century in vain as Australia register two wicket win over South Africa

Live Cricket Score Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2nd ODI at Chittagong: Zimbabwe make stuttering start

Live Cricket Score Vijay Hazare Trophy 2014-15 Odisha vs Punjab Semi-Final 2: Punjab win by 7 wickets, reach final

Live Cricket Score Vijay Hazare Trophy 2014-15 Bengal vs Karnataka Semi-Final 1: Karnataka beat Bengal in thriller

India vs Australia 2014: How crucial are India’s practice games ahead of the first Test?

Australia Australia vs South Africa Australia vs South Africa 2014 Bangladesh India New Zealand New Zealand tour of UAE 2014 New Zealand vs Pakistan New Zealand vs Pakistan 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs New Zealand Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of Australia 2014 South Africa vs Australia South Africa vs Australia 2014 Zimbabwe

India tour of Australia 2014-15: Virat Kohli says India well-equipped to deal with Mitchell Johnson

VVS Laxman backs Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara to come good in Australia

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014: Zimbabwe 61 for 4 after 16 overs

Australia move past India to take No 1 spot in ICC ODI Rankings

Quinton de Kock’s century in vain as Australia register two wicket win over South Africa

Saeed Ajmal: 99 per cent bowlers will fail 15 degree test

Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque register second-highest opening partnership for Bangladesh in ODIs

ICC World Cup 2015: Australia in risk of overkill

Is Dhawal Kulkarni a contender for India’s ICC World Cup 2015 squad?

World Cup 1992: Arjuna Ranatunga masterminds first ever 300-plus ODI chase

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

681 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli vs Australian cricketers

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Rithvik Dhanjani’s gives girlfriend Asha Negi tips and tricks for her stint in Khatron Ke Khiladi!

Aditya Chopra to cast Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif in his next!

How many calories do bananas have?

5 smart tricks to make your grocery shopping healthy

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here