Bangladesh join Afghanistan as World T20 preliminary qualifier

Bangladesh secured qualification for the Super 10's where they will take on Australia, India, Pakistan and New Zealand in Group 2

Bangladesh join Afghanistan as World T20 preliminary qualifier
Bangladesh players celebrate victory over Oman (image via: AssociatedPress)

After victory on Sunday over Oman, Bangladesh secured their place in Group 2 of the Super 10 stage at the World T20

After an impressive recent showing in the Asia Cup, where they were beaten finalists, Mashrafe Mortaza's side came into the preliminary stages as heavy favourites to qualify from Group A. 

They did just that, thanks mainly to the incredible form of Tamim Iqbal, who scored 83* in the win over the Netherlands, 47 in the abandonment against Ireland, and then 103* in the group decider against Oman

Mashrafe Mortaza and Shaik Al Hasan congratulate eachother on qualification (image via: AFP)

Meetings with India & Australia to come in tough-looking group stage

Bangladesh's reward for gaining qualification to the Super 10 stage, is to be placed in an extremely difficult looking Group 2 which includes hosts India

As well as a matchup against the side who beat them in last month's Asia Cup final, are encounters with New Zealand, Australia and Pakistan, with just two sides qualifying for the semi-finals. 

Group 1 sees Afghanistan, who qualified from the preliminary round, go up against England, Sri Lanka, West Indies and South Africa, in what many have dubbed to be the 'easier' of the two groups, as 10 teams battle for a place in the semi-final stage.

Bangladesh back in action on Wednesday 

The Super 10 stages begins in just a couple of days for Bangladesh, when they open up against Pakistan at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

They then travel to Bangalore to face Australia at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Monday 21st March, before facing India at the same venue just two days later. 

Their group 2 campaign then comes to an end back in Kolkata against New Zealand on Saturday 26th March.