The territory's brave bid to get into the semi-finals of the ICC Trophy suffered a huge setback yesterday when Bangladesh thrashed Hong Kong by seven wickets. Poor running between the wickets and superb ground fielding by Bangladesh contributed to Hong Kong's loss. The territory are now faced with having to win both their remaining Group F games, against Holland today and Ireland on Friday, if they are to have any chance of progressing into the final four. Put into bat yesterday, Hong Kong managed to scrape together a miserly 145 before being bowled out in the 46th over. Bangladesh reached their target in the 39th over thanks to an unbroken, 77-partnership for the fourth wicket between Man on the Match Aminul Islam (53) and skipper Akram Khan (25). The victory was just another step forward for Bangladesh, one of the favourites to book one of three qualifying berths for the 1999 World Cup in England. Hong Kong's slim hopes of getting their first game in the quarter-final group off to a good start evaporated with the run out of in-form batsman Riaz Farcy. With Farcy middling the ball well, Hong Kong reached 44 by the end of the first 10 overs. The rot then set in. After Farcy was run out for 38, things went from bad to worse for Hong Kong. The remaining batsmen struggled against some tight spin and medium-pace attack. The territory's only chance when Bangladesh batted came with the dark clouds hovering over the ground. But after a spell of drizzle the skies smiled on the Bangladeshis, who weathered a good opening spell from Stewart Brew and Mohammed Zubair before sauntering to their win.