Hosts Bangladesh entertain minnows Hong Kong in Chittagong on Thursday having won both of their opening two first-round fixtures so far in Group A to all but qualify for the next phase of the 2014 World Twenty20 (T20).
Meanwhile, in stark contrast their opponents at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium have lost their first two games, and they will be looking to exit the competition on a high by causing a huge upset against Bangladesh.
What: Bangladesh vs. Hong Kong
Where: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
When: Thursday, March 20, 1:30 p.m. GMT/ 7:30 p.m. local time
Live Stream/TV info: Sky Sports 2, live 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., highlights 10:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Mushfiqur Rahim (captain, wicketkeeper), Abdur Razzak, Al-Amin Hossain, Anamul Haque, Farhad Reza, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shamsur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Sohag Gazi, Tamim Iqbal.
JJ Atkinson (captain, wicketkeeper), Waqas Barkat (wicketkeeper), Aizaz Khan, Babar Hayat, MS Chapman, Ehsan Nawaz, Haseeb Amjad, Irfan Ahmed, JPR Lamsam, Munir Dar, Nadeem Ahmed, Najeeb Amar, Nizakat Khan, KD Shah, Tanwir Afzal.
The hosts have been in excellent touch so far in their opening two first-round fixtures in Group A, firstly easily disposing of Afghanistan by nine wickets on Sunday, before then beating underdogs Nepal by eight wickets on Tuesday to all but seal their place in the next phase of the tournament.
Jamie Atkinson’s men have lost their first two contests in the competition, going down by 80 runs to Nepal on Sunday, and then by seven wickets to Afghanistan on Tuesday, in what is definitely proving to be a steep learning curve for the minnows.
Shakib Al Hasan: The all-rounder may no longer be skipper of his country, however, the 26-year-old appears to enjoy not having the responsibility of having to captain his team-mates.
Shakib Al Hasan (6670) has become the leading run-scorer for Bangladesh in Internationals cricket - beating Mohammad Ashraful (6655). #WT20— Cricket Record (@cricinfo_record) March 18, 2014
The always-smiling left-arm spinner has already shown himself to be in great touch so far in the World T20, returning impressive bowling figures of three for eight to help dismiss Afghanistan for just 72 in the hosts’ opening encounter.
The middle-order batsman then followed up that man-of-the-match display by smashing an unbeaten 37 off only 18 balls, with four maximums and a four, to help finish off Nepal in quick time in his side’s next contest.
After beating Zim in the #wt20 warm up game, Hong Kong today defeated Netherlands by 27 runs.Rawalpindi born pacer Haseeb Amjad claimed 6/21— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) March 14, 2014
Haseeb Amjad: The Pakistan-born paceman opened the bowling for his country in their first match against Nepal on Sunday and responded in style by recording outstanding figures of three for 25, while he also picked up another wicket in Tuesday’s loss to Afghanistan.
Who will win the World T20 contest between Bangladesh and Hong Kong?
Weather: We are expecting a low of 22 degrees Celsius and a high of 32 degrees Celsius, with a chance of rain, for this World T20 contest.
Pitch: First-innings scores have varied so far between 126 and 153 in the three games played in Chittagong, with the two sides chasing on Tuesday both enjoying victories.