ICC Under-19 World Cup Qualifier, 2011 / Commentary

Good morning and welcome to the start of the U19 World Cup Qualifiers here in Dublin with your commentator, Callum Stewart. Each of the ten teams will do battle over the wickets of the Emerald Isle over the next two weeks but only the top six will progress towards the U19 World Cup in Australia 2012.

Nepal v Afghanistan here for you to kick things off, both teams have been accelerating up the ICC Associate rankings and have a lot of promising youngsters. However, neither team are used to the typical Irish weather - cold and damp. The light drizzle has stopped for the moment but the outfield is wet and the covers are on. The umpires are having a look so we will bring you news as we get it.

Looks like the pitch is drying up, the captains are heading out for the toss.

Afghanistan have won the toss and will bowl.

Just starting to rain even so lightly outside again, hopefully that won't hold things back. Both teams have some supporters out who are hoisting flags up either side of the host club flag, Leinster CC.

0.1

Aftab Alam to Khakurel, no run

0.2

Aftab Alam to Khakurel, no run

0.3

Aftab Alam to Khakurel, no run

0.4

Aftab Alam to Khakurel, no run

0.5

Aftab Alam to Khakurel, 1 wide

0.5

Aftab Alam to Khakurel, 2 runs, cut through point for a couple

0.6

Aftab Alam to Khakurel, no run, big appeal for lbw turned down

End of over 1 (3 runs) Nepal Under-19s 3/0
SP Khakurel    2* (6b)      Aftab Alam    1-0-3-0
Fajlur Rahman    0* (0b)     

1.1

Yamin Ahmadzai to Fajlur Rahman, no run, blocked to the covers

1.2

Yamin Ahmadzai to Fajlur Rahman, 1 wide, too far outside off

1.2

Yamin Ahmadzai to Fajlur Rahman, no run, defends in to the leg-side

1.3

Yamin Ahmadzai to Fajlur Rahman, 1 no ball, oversteps the line, free hit coming!

1.3

Yamin Ahmadzai to Fajlur Rahman, FOUR, dispatched through point with power for four, huge cheers from the rest of the Nepal squad

1.4

Yamin Ahmadzai to Fajlur Rahman, no run

1.5

Yamin Ahmadzai to Fajlur Rahman, no run, defends back to the bowler

1.6

Yamin Ahmadzai to Fajlur Rahman, no run, drives in to the covers off a fuller ball

End of over 2 (6 runs) Nepal Under-19s 9/0
Fajlur Rahman    4* (7b 1x4)      Yamin Ahmadzai    1-0-6-0
SP Khakurel    2* (6b)      Aftab Alam    1-0-3-0

2.1

Aftab Alam to Khakurel, no run, blocked back to the bowler

2.2

Aftab Alam to Khakurel, no run, squares up the batsmen looking to play leg-side, smacks hard off the pads and a big appeal goes up. Was probably just sliding down leg

2.3

Aftab Alam to Khakurel, no run, bit shorter and much quicker, off the gloves as the batsmen missed the pull shot

2.4

Aftab Alam to Khakurel, 1 run, flicked in to the midwicket gap, Rahman wanted a second but got sent back

2.5

Aftab Alam to Fajlur Rahman, no run, good line and length, left alone outside off

2.6

Aftab Alam to Fajlur Rahman, 2 runs, too straight again, worked around the corner behind square with a flick off the wrists, big cheers again as they come back for the second

End of over 3 (3 runs) Nepal Under-19s 12/0
Fajlur Rahman    6* (9b 1x4)      Aftab Alam    2-0-6-0
SP Khakurel    3* (10b)      Yamin Ahmadzai    1-0-6-0

3.1

Yamin Ahmadzai to Khakurel, no run, swing and a miss trying to dispatch the slower ball, that one jumped up off the pitch and fooled everyone

3.2

Yamin Ahmadzai to Khakurel, no run, blocked in to the covers on the front foot

3.3

Yamin Ahmadzai to Khakurel, 1 run, outside edge as he square up the defend, runs away wide of the slips for a single

3.4

Yamin Ahmadzai to Fajlur Rahman, 1 run, blocked in to the leg-side between two fielders

Good running and intent right from the start from Nepal.

3.5

Yamin Ahmadzai to Khakurel, 1 no ball, blocked in to the leg-side again, but the bowler has stepped over, another free hit coming up

3.5

Yamin Ahmadzai to Khakurel, no run, bowls outside off stump and he leaves it, never seen that before! He left the FREE hit, maybe he didn't know

3.6

Yamin Ahmadzai to Khakurel, no run

End of over 4 (3 runs) Nepal Under-19s 15/0
SP Khakurel    4* (16b)      Yamin Ahmadzai    2-0-9-0
Fajlur Rahman    7* (10b 1x4)      Aftab Alam    2-0-6-0

4.1

Aftab Alam to Fajlur Rahman, 1 wide, too far down the leg-side, good dive from the keeper

4.1

Aftab Alam to Fajlur Rahman, FOUR, too full on the other side, smashed through point with a flowing drive

4.2

Aftab Alam to Fajlur Rahman, 1 run, clipped behind square leg for a single, every run cheered by his teammates and the small Nepalese crowd

4.3

Aftab Alam to Khakurel, FOUR, and again, wide bowling given the full treatment between cover and point, races away along the ground for four more

4.4

Aftab Alam to Khakurel, FOUR, too short, he tried the bouncer to mix things up but he leaned back and pulled the ball through square leg

Tiny boundaries square of the wicket on both sides, anything well-timed through the fielders is four

4.5

Aftab Alam to Khakurel, no run, off the pads as he looked to go leg-side

4.6

Aftab Alam to Khakurel, no run, fuller and slower outside off, good comeback and the batsmen misses

End of over 5 (14 runs) Nepal Under-19s 29/0
SP Khakurel    12* (20b 2x4)      Aftab Alam    3-0-20-0
Fajlur Rahman    12* (12b 2x4)      Yamin Ahmadzai    2-0-9-0

5.1

Yamin Ahmadzai to Fajlur Rahman, 1 wide, drifting down the leg-side

5.1

Yamin Ahmadzai to Fajlur Rahman, 1 wide, and again, Ahmadzai struggling to find his line

5.1

Yamin Ahmadzai to Fajlur Rahman, no run, slower ball, gets there early to block to square leg

Two slips and a gully in, attacking field setting leaving the leg-side open

5.2

Yamin Ahmadzai to Fajlur Rahman, no run, blocked in to the covers

5.3

Yamin Ahmadzai to Fajlur Rahman, no run, better line again, on the off-stump and blocked towards mid-off

5.4

Yamin Ahmadzai to Fajlur Rahman, no run, big swing and a miss against the slower ball, cheers and whistles from the Afghan fielders

5.5

Yamin Ahmadzai to Fajlur Rahman, 1 run, chip and run to the gap at midwicket

5.6

Yamin Ahmadzai to Khakurel, FOUR, connection! Decent ball in the slot but he leaned back to fire the ball hard over midwicket for a one bounce four

End of over 6 (7 runs) Nepal Under-19s 36/0
SP Khakurel    16* (21b 3x4)      Yamin Ahmadzai    3-0-16-0
Fajlur Rahman    13* (17b 2x4)      Aftab Alam    3-0-20-0

6.1

Aftab Alam to Fajlur Rahman, no run, blocked back to the bowler

6.2

Aftab Alam to Fajlur Rahman, no run, another wild swipe that fails to make contact

6.3

Aftab Alam to Fajlur Rahman, no run

6.4

Aftab Alam to Fajlur Rahman, 1 wide, down the leg-side

6.4

Aftab Alam to Fajlur Rahman, no run

6.5

Aftab Alam to Fajlur Rahman, 2 runs, lifted high down the ground, bigger boundary and the ball doesn't travel much on the wet outfield after coming down from so high

6.6

Aftab Alam to Fajlur Rahman, 1 run, bouncer again, clawed away behind square with a combination of bat and glove for a single

End of over 7 (4 runs) Nepal Under-19s 40/0
Fajlur Rahman    16* (23b 2x4)      Aftab Alam    4-0-24-0
SP Khakurel    16* (21b 3x4)      Yamin Ahmadzai    3-0-16-0

7.1

Shir Shirzai to Fajlur Rahman, FOUR, too short, pulled behind square and more big cheers

7.2

Shir Shirzai to Fajlur Rahman, 2 runs, goes down the ground this time, lifted over mid-on for a couple

7.3

Shir Shirzai to Fajlur Rahman, no run, better line, defends with soft hands to the off-side, there's a catcher in at silly mid-off

7.4

Shir Shirzai to Fajlur Rahman, no run, blocked in to the covers

7.5

Shir Shirzai to Fajlur Rahman, FOUR, too short, pulled over square leg for four more

7.6

Shir Shirzai to Fajlur Rahman, no run, defends to the covers on the front foot

End of over 8 (10 runs) Nepal Under-19s 50/0
Fajlur Rahman    26* (29b 4x4)      Shir Shirzai    1-0-10-0
SP Khakurel    16* (21b 3x4)      Aftab Alam    4-0-24-0

8.1

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, FOUR, too wide, smashed hard through point to welcome Sayed to the game

8.2

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, no run, better ball, gets on the back foot to defend

8.3

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, 1 run, angled away behind point for a single

8.4

Sayed Shirzad to Fajlur Rahman, no run, shorter ball, defends on the back foot to the bowler

8.5

Sayed Shirzad to Fajlur Rahman, OUT, good line and length that moves away a touch, Rahman tries to defend but the ball glances the outside edge of the bat and the keeper makes a simple catch

Fajlur Rahman c †Afsar Zazai b Sayed Shirzad 26 (30b 4x4 0x6) SR: 86.66

8.6

Sayed Shirzad to Sagar Pun, no run, fuller ball, defends away in front of his pads

End of over 9 (5 runs) Nepal Under-19s 55/1
Sagar Pun    0* (1b)      Sayed Shirzad    1-0-5-1
SP Khakurel    21* (24b 4x4)      Shir Shirzai    1-0-10-0

9.1

Shir Shirzai to Khakurel, no run, blocked to the leg-side

9.2

Shir Shirzai to Khakurel, no run, dropped, tries to loft the ball down the ground, straight to mid-off who puts down a rather simple chance

9.3

Shir Shirzai to Khakurel, no run, left alone outside off, keeper standing up now

9.4

Shir Shirzai to Khakurel, no run, leaves it again, glad to still be at the crease

9.5

Shir Shirzai to Khakurel, 2 runs, drives under the fielder at short cover, two runs added

9.6

Shir Shirzai to Khakurel, no run, short and slow, cut to gully, good over for Afghanistan

End of over 10 (2 runs) Nepal Under-19s 57/1
SP Khakurel    23* (30b 4x4)      Shir Shirzai    2-0-12-0
Sagar Pun    0* (1b)      Sayed Shirzad    1-0-5-1

10.1

Sayed Shirzad to Sagar Pun, 1 run, quicker ball and an outside edge to third man, the batsmen didn't know much about it

10.2

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, 1 run, this time plays at the drive, flashing edge goes to third man again

10.3

Sayed Shirzad to Sagar Pun, no run, another nervy shot, played on the up in to the covers but drops short of the fielder

10.4

Sayed Shirzad to Sagar Pun, 1 run, another outside edge, this time more controlled as he looked to play the shot down to third man

10.5

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, no run, good line, the batsmen watches well to leave outside off

10.6

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, no run, blocked in to the covers on the front foot

End of over 11 (3 runs) Nepal Under-19s 60/1
SP Khakurel    24* (33b 4x4)      Sayed Shirzad    2-0-8-1
Sagar Pun    2* (4b)      Shir Shirzai    2-0-12-0

11.1

Shir Shirzai to Sagar Pun, 1 run, cut behind point for a single, more support for Nepal now as the crowd brave the Irish weather

11.2

Shir Shirzai to Khakurel, no run, tries to work the ball through square, good fielding saves some runs

11.3

Shir Shirzai to Khakurel, no run, drives to point on the front foot

11.4

Shir Shirzai to Khakurel, no run, looks to work the ball in to the leg-side, big leading edge spins away in to the covers but drops in between two fielders

11.5

Shir Shirzai to Khakurel, no run, good bowling, squares up the batsmen who defends in to the off-side

11.6

Shir Shirzai to Khakurel, 1 run, cut behind point for an easy single

End of over 12 (2 runs) Nepal Under-19s 62/1
SP Khakurel    25* (38b 4x4)      Shir Shirzai    3-0-14-0
Sagar Pun    3* (5b)      Sayed Shirzad    2-0-8-1

12.1

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, no run, swing and a miss as he tries to cut outside off-stump

12.2

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, no run, drives hard at point, connected off the middle of the bat and big cheers but the fielder stops well

12.3

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, 1 run, chip and run to the gap at midwicket

12.4

Sayed Shirzad to Sagar Pun, no run, great pace and a little nip away off the pitch does the batsmen all ends up

12.5

Sayed Shirzad to Sagar Pun, no run, well wide and left alone outside off

12.6

Sayed Shirzad to Sagar Pun, no run, another swing and a miss as the ball zips over the stumps

End of over 13 (1 run) Nepal Under-19s 63/1
Sagar Pun    3* (8b)      Sayed Shirzad    3-0-9-1
SP Khakurel    26* (41b 4x4)      Shir Shirzai    3-0-14-0

13.1

Shir Shirzai to Khakurel, no run, drives to point

13.2

Shir Shirzai to Khakurel, no run, back to the bowler

13.3

Shir Shirzai to Khakurel, 1 run, hit through mid-off who lets the ball through his legs

13.4

Shir Shirzai to Sagar Pun, no run, misses with the cut outside off

13.5

Shir Shirzai to Sagar Pun, OUT, goes to drive on the up through the cover, thin outside edge as the ball moves away a touch and Najib takes a fine catch standing back at first slip

Sagar Pun c Najibullah Zadran b Shir Shirzai 3 (11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 27.27

13.6

Shir Shirzai to Budayair, no run

End of over 14 (1 run) Nepal Under-19s 64/2
NB Budayair    0* (1b)      Shir Shirzai    4-0-15-1
SP Khakurel    27* (44b 4x4)      Sayed Shirzad    3-0-9-1

14.1

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, 1 wide

14.1

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, 1 run, quick single to the leg-side

14.2

Sayed Shirzad to Budayair, no run

14.3

Sayed Shirzad to Budayair, no run

14.4

Sayed Shirzad to Budayair, 1 run, angled away to third man

14.5

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, no run, blocked to the covers on the front foot

14.6

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, 1 run, late cut behind point for another single

End of over 15 (4 runs) Nepal Under-19s 68/2
SP Khakurel    29* (47b 4x4)      Sayed Shirzad    4-0-13-1
NB Budayair    1* (4b)      Shir Shirzai    4-0-15-1

15.1

Shir Shirzai to Khakurel, no run, late cut, great diving stop from the fielder at point

15.2

Shir Shirzai to Khakurel, no run, play and a miss defending outside off-stump

15.3

Shir Shirzai to Khakurel, no run, drives tamely back to the bowler

The Nepalese crowd making a lot of noise for every delivery!

15.4

Shir Shirzai to Khakurel, no run, blocked away to the leg-side

15.5

Shir Shirzai to Khakurel, no run, good line and length again, a touch slower and blocked away to point

15.6

Shir Shirzai to Khakurel, 1 run, blocked in to the leg-side, a little hesitation but they scramble a single

End of over 16 (1 run) Nepal Under-19s 69/2
SP Khakurel    30* (53b 4x4)      Shir Shirzai    5-0-16-1
NB Budayair    1* (4b)      Sayed Shirzad    4-0-13-1

16.1

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, no run, full and outside off, dabbed away in to the covers

16.2

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, 2 runs, drives through the covers, good chase saves the boundary

16.3

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, no run, blocked in to the leg-side

16.4

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, no run, nervy shot, tries to drive in the air but the ball drops just short of the fielder at mid-off

16.5

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, no run, blocked to point on the front foot

16.6

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, 2 runs, well-timed flick off the pads through midwicket for a couple

End of over 17 (4 runs) Nepal Under-19s 73/2
SP Khakurel    34* (59b 4x4)      Sayed Shirzad    5-0-17-1
NB Budayair    1* (4b)      Shir Shirzai    5-0-16-1

17.1

Shir Shirzai to Budayair, no run, blocked in to the covers on the front foot

17.2

Shir Shirzai to Budayair, FOUR, fuller ball, straight drive which connects well splits the bowler and mid-off, four runs

17.3

Shir Shirzai to Budayair, 1 run, chip and run to midwicket, putting pressure on the fielder

17.4

Shir Shirzai to Khakurel, no run, soft hands, defends to point in front of off-stump

17.5

Shir Shirzai to Khakurel, no run, outside off, he opts to leave alone this time

17.6

Shir Shirzai to Khakurel, 1 run, overthrows! Blocked to point and an over-excited throw back to the keeper misses and ends up on the other side of the field

End of over 18 (6 runs) Nepal Under-19s 79/2
SP Khakurel    35* (62b 4x4)      Shir Shirzai    6-0-22-1
NB Budayair    6* (7b 1x4)      Sayed Shirzad    5-0-17-1

18.1

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, 1 run, fuller ball on the legs worked through square leg

18.2

Sayed Shirzad to Budayair, no run, blocked to point on the front foot

18.3

Sayed Shirzad to Budayair, 1 wide, down the leg-side

18.3

Sayed Shirzad to Budayair, no run, well connected drive straight at the cover fielder

18.4

Sayed Shirzad to Budayair, 1 run, finds the gap at cover but the fielder cuts it off

18.5

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, 1 run, outside edge to third man

18.6

Sayed Shirzad to Budayair, 1 run, in the gap at midwicket for another single

Less boundaries from Nepal but a lot more singles and 2's.

End of over 19 (5 runs) Nepal Under-19s 84/2
NB Budayair    8* (11b 1x4)      Sayed Shirzad    6-0-22-1
SP Khakurel    37* (64b 4x4)      Shir Shirzai    6-0-22-1

19.1

Shir Shirzai to Budayair, no run, solid defence back to the bowler

19.2

Shir Shirzai to Budayair, 1 run, goes for the big shot, the ball dribbles off the edge along the ground to mid-on and they risk a single, quick running put pressure on the fielder who fumbles the pick-up

19.3

Shir Shirzai to Khakurel, 1 run, angled away to third man

19.4

Shir Shirzai to Budayair, no run, short ball, drives to point on the back foot

19.5

Shir Shirzai to Budayair, no run, defends in to the covers on the front foot

19.6

Shir Shirzai to Budayair, no run, solid with the bat outside off stump, blocked to point

End of over 20 (2 runs) Nepal Under-19s 86/2
NB Budayair    9* (16b 1x4)      Shir Shirzai    7-0-24-1
SP Khakurel    38* (65b 4x4)      Sayed Shirzad    6-0-22-1

20.1

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, FOUR, full toss, drives hard through the covers just out of reach of a diving fielder and the ball races away for four, more big cheers

20.2

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, no run, defends this time, solid on the front foot

20.3

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, no run, blocked away to point, they want quick singles but the Afghanistan fielders are just as quick

20.4

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, no run, shorter ball which the batsmen saw early, but then decided not to pull and just defend

20.5

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, no run, outside edge squirts away to gully

20.6

Sayed Shirzad to Khakurel, 1 run, quick single to mid-off to keep the strike

End of over 21 (5 runs) Nepal Under-19s 91/2
SP Khakurel    43* (71b 5x4)      Sayed Shirzad    7-0-27-1
NB Budayair    9* (16b 1x4)      Shir Shirzai    7-0-24-1

21.1

Yamin Ahmadzai to Khakurel, no run, straighter ball worked to midwicket

21.2

Yamin Ahmadzai to Khakurel, 1 run, angled behind gully for a quick single

21.3

Yamin Ahmadzai to Budayair, no run, slow and short, defends with caution to cover

21.4

Yamin Ahmadzai to Budayair, 1 run, block and run to the gap at midwicket

21.5

Yamin Ahmadzai to Khakurel, 1 run, controlled cut away to third man

21.6

Yamin Ahmadzai to Budayair, no run, swing and a miss looking to cut away the wider delivery

Looks like some spin now for Afghanistan

End of over 22 (3 runs) Nepal Under-19s 94/2
NB Budayair    10* (19b 1x4)      Yamin Ahmadzai    4-0-19-0
SP Khakurel    45* (74b 5x4)      Sayed Shirzad    7-0-27-1

22.1

Abdul Naseri to Khakurel, 1 run, presses forward to defend, thick edge to gully

22.2

Abdul Naseri to Budayair, no run, solid defence on the front foot

22.3

Abdul Naseri to Budayair, no run, big step forward to block away against the spin

22.4

Abdul Naseri to Budayair, 1 run, nervous drive in to the covers, the fielder in close almost got a catch with a full length dive

22.5

Abdul Naseri to Khakurel, no run, tapped in to the leg-side

22.6

Abdul Naseri to Khakurel, no run, defends to gully

Some Nepalese fans are doing their own lap of honour round the pitch with a giant flag!

End of over 23 (2 runs) Nepal Under-19s 96/2
SP Khakurel    46* (77b 5x4)      Abdul Naseri    1-0-2-0
NB Budayair    11* (22b 1x4)      Yamin Ahmadzai    4-0-19-0

23.1

Yamin Ahmadzai to Budayair, no run, play and a miss outside off

23.2

Yamin Ahmadzai to Budayair, no run, goes to drive, big inside edge to square leg

23.3

Yamin Ahmadzai to Budayair, OUT, goes to drive again, but it's the wrong shot as the ball is short and in towards the body, thin edge which just carries to the keeper

NB Budayair c †Afsar Zazai b Yamin Ahmadzai 11 (26b 1x4 0x6) SR: 42.30

23.4

Yamin Ahmadzai to Baskota, OUT, gone! First ball, a great delivery outside off and Baskota could only play a tentative defence shot, another glancing outside edge that the keeper claims with ease

P Baskota c †Afsar Zazai b Yamin Ahmadzai 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Hat-trick ball!

23.5

Yamin Ahmadzai to Airee, 1 run, it was a good one, full length on off-stump, another outside edge but it runs away along the ground to third man

23.6

Yamin Ahmadzai to Khakurel, 3 runs, pulled through midwicket, the fielder missed with the dive and now gives chase, good running for the third

End of over 24 (4 runs) Nepal Under-19s 100/4
SP Khakurel    49* (78b 5x4)      Yamin Ahmadzai    5-0-23-2
P Airee    1* (1b)      Abdul Naseri    1-0-2-0

24.1

Abdul Naseri to Khakurel, no run, swing and a miss outside off

24.2

Abdul Naseri to Khakurel, no run, blocked to mid-on

24.3

Abdul Naseri to Khakurel, no run, big turn and bounce beats the bat

24.4

Abdul Naseri to Khakurel, no run, late cut to point

24.5

Abdul Naseri to Khakurel, no run, blocked to the leg-side

24.6

Abdul Naseri to Khakurel, 1 run, drives down the ground to long-on, half-century for Khakurel

End of over 25 (1 run) Nepal Under-19s 101/4
SP Khakurel    50* (84b 5x4)      Abdul Naseri    2-0-3-0
P Airee    1* (1b)      Yamin Ahmadzai    5-0-23-2

25.1

Yamin Ahmadzai to Khakurel, 1 run, single to the gap at midwicket

25.2

Yamin Ahmadzai to Airee, 1 run, OUT, late cut to third man

P Airee run out 2 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

25.3

Yamin Ahmadzai to Khakurel, OUT

P Airee run out 2 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

too late, a decent throw beats the full length dive and the Afghanistan players go wild.

25.4

Yamin Ahmadzai to Khakurel, no run

25.5

Yamin Ahmadzai to Khakurel, no run

25.6

Yamin Ahmadzai to Khakurel, 1 no ball, oversteps the line

25.6

Yamin Ahmadzai to Khakurel, no run, misses with the free hit

End of over 26 (3 runs) Nepal Under-19s 104/5
SP Khakurel    51* (90b 5x4)      Yamin Ahmadzai    6-0-26-2
RP Magar    0* (0b)      Abdul Naseri    2-0-3-0

26.1

Abdul Naseri to Magar, no run

26.2

Abdul Naseri to Magar, no run

26.3

Abdul Naseri to Magar, no run

26.4

Abdul Naseri to Magar, no run

26.5

Abdul Naseri to Magar, no run

26.6

Abdul Naseri to Magar, no run, maiden over from the spin bowler, Nepal cautious in defence

End of over 27 (maiden) Nepal Under-19s 104/5
RP Magar    0* (6b)      Abdul Naseri    3-1-3-0
SP Khakurel    51* (90b 5x4)      Yamin Ahmadzai    6-0-26-2

27.1

Yamin Ahmadzai to Khakurel, 1 run, flashing drive, races away to third man off the edge

27.2

Yamin Ahmadzai to Magar, 1 run, round the corner to fine leg this time

27.3

Yamin Ahmadzai to Khakurel, no run

27.4

Yamin Ahmadzai to Khakurel, 1 run

27.5

Yamin Ahmadzai to Magar, no run

27.6

Yamin Ahmadzai to Magar, no run

End of over 28 (3 runs) Nepal Under-19s 107/5
RP Magar    1* (9b)      Yamin Ahmadzai    7-0-29-2
SP Khakurel    53* (93b 5x4)      Abdul Naseri    3-1-3-0

28.1

Abdul Naseri to Khakurel, 1 run, down the ground to long-on

28.2

Abdul Naseri to Magar, no run, blocked to the leg-side

28.3

Abdul Naseri to Magar, 1 run, easy single to the gap at midwicket

28.4

Abdul Naseri to Khakurel, OUT, awful delivery, a half tracker which Khakurel tries to dispatch out the ground, but can only spoon a top edge straight up in the air and Ahmadi takes the catch near midwicket

SP Khakurel c Javed Ahmadi b Abdul Naseri 54 (92b 5x4 0x6) SR: 58.69

28.5

Abdul Naseri to K Karki, no run

28.6

Abdul Naseri to K Karki, 1 run, quick single to midwicket

End of over 29 (3 runs) Nepal Under-19s 110/6
K Karki    1* (2b)      Abdul Naseri    4-1-6-1
RP Magar    2* (11b)      Yamin Ahmadzai    7-0-29-2

29.1

Yamin Ahmadzai to K Karki, no run, blocked to the bowler

29.2

Yamin Ahmadzai to K Karki, 1 run, hit to the fielder at square leg who's too slow to field and they jog a single

29.3

Yamin Ahmadzai to Magar, 1 run, cut away to third man

29.4

Yamin Ahmadzai to K Karki, no run, blocked to the leg-side

29.5

Yamin Ahmadzai to K Karki, 1 run, single through midwicket

29.6

Yamin Ahmadzai to Magar, no run, blocked to mid-on, Nepal trying to consolidate this middle-order collapse

End of over 30 (3 runs) Nepal Under-19s 113/6
RP Magar    3* (13b)      Yamin Ahmadzai    8-0-32-2
K Karki    3* (6b)      Abdul Naseri    4-1-6-1

30.1

Aftab Alam to K Karki, no run, blocked back to the bowler

30.2

Aftab Alam to K Karki, no run, fuller ball dug away to the covers

30.3

Aftab Alam to K Karki, 1 run, single through square leg worked off the pads

30.4

Aftab Alam to Magar, no run, full and outside off, left well alone

30.5

Aftab Alam to Magar, 1 run, shorter ball, angled behind gully

30.6

Aftab Alam to K Karki, 1 run, flicked off his hips to fine leg

End of over 31 (3 runs) Nepal Under-19s 116/6
K Karki    5* (10b)      Aftab Alam    5-0-27-0
RP Magar    4* (15b)      Yamin Ahmadzai    8-0-32-2

31.1

Yamin Ahmadzai to K Karki, no run, drives hard in to the covers, straight to a fielder

31.2

Yamin Ahmadzai to K Karki, no run, well watched, opts to leave outside off-stump

31.3

Yamin Ahmadzai to K Karki, 1 run, late cut with soft hands, runs betweens slips and gully to third man

31.4

Yamin Ahmadzai to Magar, no run, slower ball fools the batsmen

31.5

Yamin Ahmadzai to Magar, no run, drives through the off-side

31.6

Yamin Ahmadzai to Magar, 1 run

End of over 32 (2 runs) Nepal Under-19s 118/6
RP Magar    5* (18b)      Yamin Ahmadzai    9-0-34-2
K Karki    6* (13b)      Aftab Alam    5-0-27-0

32.1

Aftab Alam to Magar, no run

32.2

Aftab Alam to Magar, no run

32.3

Aftab Alam to Magar, 2 runs, flicked though midwicket, good running for the second

32.4

Aftab Alam to Magar, no run, blocked back to the bowler

32.5

Aftab Alam to Magar, 1 run, down the ground to long-off

32.6

Aftab Alam to K Karki, OUT, straight and simple, Karki misses with the drive and Aftab takes his off-stump

K Karki b Aftab Alam 2 (8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

End of over 33 (3 runs) Nepal Under-19s 121/7
     Aftab Alam    6-0-30-1
RP Magar    12* (30b)      Yamin Ahmadzai    9-0-34-2

33.1

Yamin Ahmadzai to Magar, no run, defends to the bowler

33.2

Yamin Ahmadzai to Magar, 1 run, flicked through square leg for a single

33.3

Yamin Ahmadzai to Vishwakarma, no run, left alone outside off-stump

33.4

Yamin Ahmadzai to Vishwakarma, no run, swing and a miss outside off, didn't miss the stumps by a lot

33.5

Yamin Ahmadzai to Vishwakarma, 1 no ball, bowled him! But it was a no-ball too, most of the Afghans were celebrating and didn't see the umpire signal, free hit too

33.5

Yamin Ahmadzai to Vishwakarma, no run, swing and a miss, didn't pick out the slower ball

33.6

Yamin Ahmadzai to Vishwakarma, no run

End of over 34 (2 runs) Nepal Under-19s 123/7
RK Vishwakarma    0* (5b)      Yamin Ahmadzai    10-0-36-2
RP Magar    13* (32b)      Aftab Alam    6-0-30-1

34.1

Aftab Alam to Magar, no run

34.2

Aftab Alam to Magar, 1 leg bye, off the pads behind square leg

34.3

Aftab Alam to Vishwakarma, 2 runs, full toss, hit hard through midwicket and they take a couple

34.4

Aftab Alam to Vishwakarma, no run, slower ball, bit wider too and he left it alone

34.5

Aftab Alam to Vishwakarma, FOUR, on the toes, a little straight and he gets the finest touches on the ball to take it away down to third man

34.6

Aftab Alam to Vishwakarma, no run

End of over 35 (7 runs) Nepal Under-19s 130/7
RK Vishwakarma    6* (9b 1x4)      Aftab Alam    7-0-36-1
RP Magar    13* (34b)      Yamin Ahmadzai    10-0-36-2

35.1

Shir Shirzai to Magar, no run, blocked to the leg-side

35.2

Shir Shirzai to Magar, FOUR, drives hard on the up through cover, splitting two fielders, lovely shot

35.3

Shir Shirzai to Magar, 1 run, late cut to third man, more cheers as the runs start flowing again

35.4

Shir Shirzai to Vishwakarma, no run

35.5

Shir Shirzai to Vishwakarma, 1 run, late cut and the gully fielder makes a mess of it

35.6

Shir Shirzai to Magar, no run, fuller ball dug away

End of over 36 (7 runs) Nepal Under-19s 137/7
RP Magar    18* (38b 1x4)      Shir Shirzai    8-0-30-1
RK Vishwakarma    7* (11b 1x4)      Aftab Alam    7-0-36-1

36.1

Javed Ahmadi to Vishwakarma, no run, cut to backward point

36.2

Javed Ahmadi to Vishwakarma, no run, soft hands to block in to the ground

36.3

Javed Ahmadi to Vishwakarma, no run

36.4

Javed Ahmadi to Vishwakarma, 1 run, flowing drive down the ground to long-off

36.5

Javed Ahmadi to Magar, no run

36.6

Javed Ahmadi to Magar, 1 run, quick running again, two fielders converge on the ball

End of over 37 (2 runs) Nepal Under-19s 139/7
RP Magar    20* (40b 1x4)      Javed Ahmadi    1-0-2-0
RK Vishwakarma    7* (15b 1x4)      Shir Shirzai    8-0-30-1

37.1

Shir Shirzai to Magar, no run, left alone outside off

37.2

Shir Shirzai to Magar, no run, defends back to the bowler

37.3

Shir Shirzai to Magar, no run, cut to point, can't beat the fielder

37.4

Shir Shirzai to Magar, no run, defends on the front foot

37.5

Shir Shirzai to Magar, no run, shorter ball, pulled straight to the hands of midwicket, silly shot and the catch was easily held

37.6

Shir Shirzai to B Karki, no run

End of over 38 (1 run, maiden) Nepal Under-19s 140/8
B Karki    0* (1b)      Shir Shirzai    9-1-30-2
RK Vishwakarma    8* (15b 1x4)      Javed Ahmadi    1-0-2-0

38.1

Javed Ahmadi to Vishwakarma, no run

38.2

Javed Ahmadi to Vishwakarma, no run

38.3

Javed Ahmadi to Vishwakarma, 1 run, drives down the ground to long-off

38.4

Javed Ahmadi to B Karki, no run, blocked in to the leg-side

38.5

Javed Ahmadi to B Karki, 1 run, chipped in to the big gap at deep midwicket

38.6

Javed Ahmadi to Vishwakarma, no run, blocked to the leg-side

End of over 39 (2 runs) Nepal Under-19s 142/8
RK Vishwakarma    9* (19b 1x4)      Javed Ahmadi    2-0-4-0
B Karki    1* (3b)      Shir Shirzai    9-1-30-2

39.1

Shir Shirzai to B Karki, no run, drives to point

39.2

Shir Shirzai to B Karki, no run, play and a miss outside off-stump

39.3

Shir Shirzai to B Karki, no run, big bounce outside off, left alone

39.4

Shir Shirzai to B Karki, no run, late cut behind point

39.5

Shir Shirzai to B Karki, no run, drives in to the covers, can't beat the fielders

39.6

Shir Shirzai to B Karki, no run, straight bat on the middle of the ball to mid-off

Good maiden over for Afghanistan, Nepal struggling to find runs

End of over 40 (maiden) Nepal Under-19s 142/8
B Karki    1* (9b)      Shir Shirzai    10-2-30-2
RK Vishwakarma    9* (19b 1x4)      Javed Ahmadi    2-0-4-0

40.1

Sayed Shirzad to Vishwakarma, no run

40.2

Sayed Shirzad to Vishwakarma, no run, tries to go leg-side but can't make contact

40.3

Sayed Shirzad to Vishwakarma, no run, full and on the pads, big appeal but only the bowler was interested

40.4

Sayed Shirzad to Vishwakarma, no run, bat on ball in to the covers

40.5

Sayed Shirzad to Vishwakarma, 1 run, quick single to mid-off, who hits with the throw but the batsmen were safe

40.6

Sayed Shirzad to B Karki, 1 leg bye, off the pads to the keeper who fumbles and they scramble a single

End of over 41 (2 runs) Nepal Under-19s 144/8
B Karki    1* (10b)      Sayed Shirzad    8-0-28-1
RK Vishwakarma    10* (24b 1x4)      Shir Shirzai    10-2-30-2

41.1

Abdul Naseri to B Karki, no run

41.2

Abdul Naseri to B Karki, 1 wide, down the leg-side

41.2

Abdul Naseri to B Karki, no run, cut away to point

41.3

Abdul Naseri to B Karki, no run

41.4

Abdul Naseri to B Karki, no run

41.5

Abdul Naseri to B Karki, no run, swing and a miss outside off, the batsmen shaped in the end as if he meant to leave it but he actually wanted to hit it out the ground

41.6

Abdul Naseri to B Karki, no run, blocked back to the bowler

End of over 42 (1 run) Nepal Under-19s 145/8
B Karki    1* (16b)      Abdul Naseri    5-1-7-1
RK Vishwakarma    10* (24b 1x4)      Sayed Shirzad    8-0-28-1

42.1

Sayed Shirzad to Vishwakarma, OUT, good line and a little short, smacks him on the pads, big appeal with height being the only question and the umpire thought about it before raising the finger

RK Vishwakarma lbw b Sayed Shirzad 10 (26b 1x4 0x6) SR: 38.46

42.2

Sayed Shirzad to Karn, 1 run, flashing cut finds the edge to third man

42.3

Sayed Shirzad to B Karki, no run, shout for lbw turned down

42.4

Sayed Shirzad to B Karki, no run, blocked in to the leg-side

42.5

Sayed Shirzad to B Karki, no run

42.6

Sayed Shirzad to B Karki, 2 runs, nice drive between two fielders picks up a couple for the tail

End of over 43 (3 runs) Nepal Under-19s 148/9
B Karki    3* (20b)      Sayed Shirzad    9-0-31-2
A Karn    1* (1b)      Abdul Naseri    5-1-7-1

43.1

Abdul Naseri to Karn, 1 run, another big swing, the ball runs away to third man

43.2

Abdul Naseri to B Karki, no run, pulled to the leg-side, straight at a fielder

43.3

Abdul Naseri to B Karki, 1 wide, down the leg-side, missed the stumps by a whisker

43.3

Abdul Naseri to B Karki, FOUR, full toss hit hard through extra towards the longest boundary and the ball just beats the fielder

43.4

Abdul Naseri to B Karki, no run

43.5

Abdul Naseri to B Karki, no run

43.6

Abdul Naseri to B Karki, no run

Aftab Alam just bowled that last over, Naseri from this end.

End of over 44 (6 runs) Nepal Under-19s 154/9
B Karki    7* (25b 1x4)      Abdul Naseri    6-1-13-1
A Karn    2* (2b)      Sayed Shirzad    9-0-31-2

44.1

Abdul Naseri to Karn, no run, blocked to the covers

44.2

Abdul Naseri to Karn, no run, defends to the leg-side

44.3

Abdul Naseri to Karn, OUT, wow! Great catch the end the innings, Karn goes driving down the ground as Naseri takes a stunning one handed catch diving to his left, top grab

A Karn c & b Abdul Naseri 2 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

Great start from Nepal with open Khakurel top scoring on 54* but Afghanistan fought back well with the ball in the second part of the innings. The electronic scoreboard is partly broken here, so I will need to double check the scorecard. Both teams are heading off for lunch so do join us for the second innings shortly.

There's been some heated exchanges outside the clubhouse in a schoolboy football type pushing and shoving contest. Both Nepalese and Afghanistan supporters were clapping the teams off before something was said and a few people reacted. Some players got involved before some officials jumped in and sent both teams to their changing rooms. Don't know what that was all about.

Afghanistan will need 155 to win after the break.

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