Nepal v Afghanistan, ACC T20 final, Kirtipur April 3, 2013

All-round Naib helps Afghanistan take ACC T20 title

ESPNcricinfo staff

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.

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  • Suraj on April 8, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    Report Card of the Nepalese Cricket Team after the ACC T20 Cup 2013: Paras Khadka (9/10) Leading from the front and driving the team to their first ever tournament final is a great achievement in itself. He could not make a mark with the bat in the first two games. Nepal lost its second game against Hong Kong and was left in a must win situation against Malaysia. Captain cool stepped in that match by smashing a match winning 87 runs. Another quick fire 44 runs in the last group match ensured that Nepal booked its place in the semifinals and was qualified for the T20 world cup qualifiers. He together with Binod Bhandari stayed in the crease and guided Nepal to the finals. The duo again put on a 71 runs 4th wicket partnership to guide Nepal to a respectable total after Nepal were reduced for 23/3 in the fifth over itself. Parash finished with a run tally of 206 runs from 6 innings and picking up 4 wickets as well. He was also named as the player of the tournament....

  • Suraj on April 8, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    Nepal had advanced a step ahead in every manner. Nepali team were able to make the highest total in the tournament, Nepali team fought with all the teams so well that different countries praised the team. Spectators showed how responsible they are. CAN was able to deliver the great tournament. Political parties were taking an example of the Nepali Cricket team.

  • Emal on April 6, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    We Afghans are proud of our Blue Tigers. They will bring unity among the living races in Afghanistan. They are the symbol of Unity to us.

  • Dummy4 on April 5, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    Sunil Parajuli , remmber that Muhd shahzad and many more players were not there other wise you could have been worst than this , nepal is a good team and please dont try to use other teams we are better than any other local teams , like , nepal , canada , UAE , we have won it 4 times , horaaaaaaaaaaa afghanistan won won won

  • Suraj on April 5, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Afgan Could be a very dangerous Cricketing nation if their raw pace talent get proper guidelines...

  • Dummy4 on April 5, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    Welcome new countries to the cricket world!Afghanistan are awesome and their players have raw talents and physical fitness than players in top cricketing nations.Their fast bowling is better than other asian teams,except pakistan.Hopefully they will become a major force in cricket soon.

  • Suraj on April 4, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    Nepal Can take lots of positive despite of being defeat....

  • Mir on April 4, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    Congratulation afghanistan """"" But also well done nipal you played very good cricket . Take 2th place in turnament is also not esay but they did very good i hope afghanistan will suport nipale team for playing Odi to help then in division 3

  • Dummy4 on April 4, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    @samim afghan-- better than st members??? you guys lost to UAE in the gropu round, and comparison is made among the associates!!!

  • Dummy4 on April 4, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    I am an Afghan nepal did a good job. but Our young players performance was outstanding well done AFGHANISTAN . we are now up to a good platform. i am chasing each and every game of Afghanistan since they are in the cricket nations. May allah give them more success. Congrats to nepal for the 2nd position. they played well too. but unfortunately Afghanistan were better in all 3 formats. hope to see them in the world cup again , zenda baad afghan hay sher maa..