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Bangladesh Clinch Final Super 8 Spot in T20 World Cup After Thrilling Contest with Nepal

Where was the game won?

Tanzim Hasan Shakib finished with figures of 4/7, including 21 dot balls which is a record. However, the game was still won at the death by Mustafizur who bowled two stunning overs with the game still hanging in the balance. The left-arm pacer conceded 1 run in the 17th over before coming up with a wicket-maiden in the 19th to crush Nepal's hopes.

Powerplay - Horror start

Bangladesh made the worst possible start they could have imagined heading into a crucial game such as this one. Tanzid Hasan was back in the pavilion after just two balls and skipper Najmul Shanto was bowled in the second over of the game as Nepal stunned Bangladesh. After two quiet overs, it was the turn of Litton Das to depart as he mistimed a pull to get a top edge. The big wicket of Towhid Hridoy in the final over of the powerplay pegged them back further.

Middle overs - Nepal continue to keep Bangladesh in check

Another phase of the game that wasn't productive enough for Bangladesh. Mahmudullah did cut Sandeep Lamichhane for a boundary and Shakib fetched one in the following over but then a miscommunication between the two seniors resulted in the right-hander losing his wicket that kept Nepal on top again. Runs were hard to come by in the middle overs and in the process, Bangladesh also lost the wicket of Shakib.

Death overs - Hopes in the balance

Bangladesh couldn't do much at the death. There were a couple of timely boundaries from Rishad Hossain but apart from that, Bangladesh had nothing to show for. They were eventually bowled out for just 106 and that meant their qualification hopes were hanging in the balance.


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