Chittagong: Hosts Bangladesh dished out a solid all-round display to register a convincing eight-wicket win over Nepal in a Group A qualifying match of the ICC World T20 here on Tuesday.
Electing to bowl, the hosts restricted Nepal to 126 for 5, before chasing down the target with 27 balls to spare at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
This was Bangladesh's second win in as many games, the first one coming against Afghanistan, and the result means they have put one foot into the Super 10.
Chasing 127 for win, Bangladesh reached the target with 27 balls remaining as Anamul Haque top-scored with 42 and Shakib Al Hasan scored a quick-fire 37.
Anamul Haque top-scored for Bangladesh with a 33-ball 42 and put on 63 runs for the opening wicket with Tamim Iqbal (30) to put his side on course for a win. The experienced Shakib Al Hasan (37) finished the game in style, clobbering partime offspinner Sagar Pun for a four and a six. He faced just 18 balls, hitting four sixes and a boundary.
The first-wicket stand was Bangladesh's best in T20 Internationals. While, Al-Amin Hossain was the best bowler with figures of 2 for 17.
He bowled a terrific final over to keep Nepal to 126 for 5 after Bangladesh had won the toss.
For Nepal, skipper Paras Khadka (41) and Sharad Vesawkar (40) were the main contributors.
Coming into the match with a win, Bangladesh showed intent from the word go, reducing the visiting side to 39 for 3 in seven overs. With Bangladesh bowling to a disciplined line, Nepal struggled to recover from there.