Bangladesh scraped in to the Super-10 despite a shock loss to Hong Kong and Nepal recorded their second win of the tournament against Afghanistan, coming within sniffing distance of a main draw berth in the ICC World T20 on Thursday.
In the first match of the day, Nepal came tantalisingly close to getting a main draw berth when they pulled off victory against Afghanistan by nine runs in Chittagong.
Read: Nepal register second win, beat Afghanistan by 9 runs in World T20
Put into bat, Nepal posted a challenging 141 for five in 20 overs before their bowlers rattled the Afghan top-order to restrict them to 132 for nine at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
Opener Khakurel made 56 off 53 balls and shared a 76-run stand in 9.1 overs with Sharad Vesawkar (37) for the fourth-wicket to put up a fighting total.
Medium-pacer Jitendra Mukhiya (3/18) was pick of the bowlers for Nepal as he bowled four economical overs that included three wickets.
Sompal Kami (2/32) and Shakti Gauchan (2/25) were also instrumental in pegging back the Afghans.
They would have moved on to the next level if Hong Kong pulled off an upset win over Bangladesh, a Test playing nation. While the upset did happen, it was not enough. The loss left Bangladesh with a net run rate of +1.466 and four points as compared to Nepal's +0.933 for the same points, allowing the hosts to just scrape through.
In the second match, Bangladesh were skittled out for paltry 108 in 16.3 overs. Put into bat, they lost two wickets in the first over before Shakib Al Hasan (34) and Anamul Haq (26) steadied the ship. Cheered on by their passionate fans, the home side cruised to 85-3 in the 11th over before a spectacular collapse at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
Read: Bangladesh progress despite shock loss to Hong Kong in World T20
If Hong Kong had chased down the target within 13.1 overs, Bangladesh would not feature in the next phase. Their bowlers, however, ensured Bangladesh stayed afloat in the tournament but could not stop Hong Kong from achieving a memorable victory over their test playing rivals with two balls to spare.
Hong Kong's inexperience showed in their wobbly chase but Munir Dar (36) plundered 15 runs off a Farhad Reza over to turn the match on its head and Haseeb Amjad hit a six to score the winning run for them.
Bangladesh now join three former champions - India, Pakistan and West Indies - and Australia in Group Two where such sloppy play would invite humiliation.