All-round Naib helps Afghanistan take ACC T20 title
Afghanistan 137 for 3 (Naib 43, Nabi 38*) beat Nepal 135 for 6 (Khadka 50, Naib 2-20) by seven wickets
Afghanistan's Gulbadin Naib starred with both bat and ball as Nepal's 135 was chased with ease, with Afghanistan winning the Asian Cricket Council Twenty20 Cup in Kirtipur. Nepal were put into bat but were quickly reduced to 23 for 3 in the fifth over, with Naib and Shapoor Zadran providing the strikes. A 71-run fourth-wicket partnership between Paras Khadka and Binod Bhandari helped lend stability to the side, before Khadka fell for a vital 50. Nepal pushed their total to 135 for 7 at the completion of their 20 overs. Naib had the best figures of 2 for 20.
Afghanistan started markedly well in comparison, as openers Karim Sadiq and Naib put up a 43-run partnership. Afghanistan were composed in their chase, losing a further two wickets along the way. Naib finished unbeaten on 43, with Mohammad Nabi striking a valuable 38 off 23 balls, including six boundaries. Afghanistan chased Nepal's total of 137 inside of the 18th over, continuing their unbeaten winning streak in the tournament as they completed four out of four title wins.