Calcutta: Bangladesh spinners, led by Shakib-al Hasan guided their side to a thumping nine-wicket win over Afghanistan in their Group A match of the ICC World T20 qualifying round, at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, on Sunday. In another match of this group, Nepal crushed Hong Kong by 80 runs.
Bangladesh made an impressive start to their campaign as they first skittled Afghanistan for 72 in 17.1 overs after electing to field. Thereafter, they overhauled the target in 12 overs with the loss of only one wicket.
Shakib and Afghanistan’s Dawlat Zadran have been fined 50 per cent of their match fees after pleading guilty to Level 2 breaches of the ICC code of conduct.
In Monday’s qualifying matches, Ireland beat Zimbabwe by three wickets, chasing 164, while Netherlands won by six wickets over UAE, chasing 152.
Chasing a challenging 163 for five set by Zimbabwe, Paul Stirling (60) and captain William Porterfield (31) got Ireland off to a blazing start to set the platform for the win.
Meanwhile, Tom Cooper took two wickets in a space of four balls before smashing an unbeaten 34 as Netherlands began their campaign in style.
Afghanistan 72 in 17.1 ovs (Shakib 3/8, A. Razzak 2/20). Bangladesh 78/1 in 12 ovs (A. Haque 44 ..). Bangladesh won by 9 wkts
Nepal 149/8 in 20 ovs (G. Malla 48, P. Khadka 41; H. Amjad 3/25). Hong Kong 69 in 17 ovs (S. Gauchan 3/9, B. Hegmi 3/14). Nepal won by 80 runs
Zimbabwe 163/5 (B. Taylor 59) in 20 ovs. Ireland 164/7 (P. Stirling 60). Ireland by won 3 wickets
UAE 151 in 19.5 ovs. Netherlands 152/4 in 18.5 ovs. Netherlands won by 6 wickets