Asian Cricket Council Twenty20 Cup, 2012/13 / Commentary

Asian Cricket Council Twenty20 Cup - Group A

Nepal v Malaysia

Nepal won by 19 runs

Crowd of around 5000 here at Tribhuvan now, noise levels building. Only one team they're shouting for! The umpires from Thailand and Kuwait take the field, game on! Sun disappears behind the grey and low clouds every now and then but I ahave been assured there'll be no rain. Nepal's openers Subash Khakurel and Pradeep Airee out in the middle

0.1

Nazril Rahman to Khakurel, no run, length ball outside off and left alone

0.2

Nazril Rahman to Khakurel, FOUR, pitched up, in the slot and hit over mid-on

0.3

Nazril Rahman to Khakurel, 1 run, back of a length, wide outside off, leant on towards cover

0.4

Nazril Rahman to Airee, no run, cramps the batsman for room, ambitious drive not timed

0.5

Nazril Rahman to Airee, OUT, length delivery, wide of off, driven hard, on the up, head not over the ball and cover point bags it. The initial roar of the crowd abruptly silenced

P Airee c Suharril Fetri b Nazril Rahman 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

0.6

Nazril Rahman to Khakurel, 1 wide

0.6

Nazril Rahman to Khakurel, no run, in the slot, driven hard along the ground to mid-on

End of over 1 (6 runs) Nepal 6/1
SP Khakurel    5* (4b 1x4)      Nazril Rahman    1-0-6-1
G Malla    0* (0b)     

1.1

Ullah Khan to Malla, 1 run, driven to mid-off, parries the ball on the dive

1.2

Ullah Khan to Khakurel, 1 wide, outside off

1.2

Ullah Khan to Khakurel, no run, swung round to backward square, good stop

1.3

Ullah Khan to Khakurel, 1 leg bye, length ball, on middle, played to mid-on

1.4

Ullah Khan to Malla, no run

1.5

Ullah Khan to Malla, 1 run

1.6

Ullah Khan to Khakurel, SIX, right in the driving zone, on middle stump and lifted over long-off. Subash playing more postively than in the previous to matches

End of over 2 (10 runs) Nepal 16/1
SP Khakurel    11* (7b 1x4 1x6)      H Ullah Khan    1-0-9-0
G Malla    2* (3b)      Nazril Rahman    1-0-6-1

2.1

Nazril Rahman to Malla, OUT, goes for a full-blooded drive on the front foot, down the wrong line and the stumps are in disarray

G Malla b Nazril Rahman 2 (6m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

2.2

Nazril Rahman to Khadka, 1 wide, outside off

2.2

Nazril Rahman to Khadka, FOUR, flicked off his legs to the vacant midwicket boundary

2.3

Nazril Rahman to Khadka, no run

2.4

Nazril Rahman to Khadka, 1 run, comes forward, waits on a length ball and taps it square on the off

2.5

Nazril Rahman to Khakurel, no run, length delivery in the corridor, played down to backward point

2.6

Nazril Rahman to Khakurel, no run, zips through off a length, left alone

Crowd just pouring in now, around 5000 here

End of over 3 (6 runs) Nepal 22/2
SP Khakurel    11* (9b 1x4 1x6)      Nazril Rahman    2-0-12-2
P Khadka    5* (3b 1x4)      H Ullah Khan    1-0-9-0

3.1

Ullah Khan to Khadka, no run, skids through off a length, Paras not timing the cover drive

3.2

Ullah Khan to Khadka, 1 run, worked round to square leg

3.3

Ullah Khan to Khakurel, no run, another good length delivery, played to mid-off.

3.4

Ullah Khan to Khakurel, FOUR, full and on leg and middle, swung round to the square leg rope

3.5

Ullah Khan to Khakurel, 2 wides, full and driven hard, goes high over cover, out of reach of two fielders running back

3.5

Ullah Khan to Khadka, 2 runs

3.6

Ullah Khan to Khadka, 1 wide, down leg

3.6

Ullah Khan to Khadka, SIX, steps down the wicket to slam a full-delivery over long-on

Sameer Niraula: "Sorry but I think the crowd is much bigger than 5k. The first match had 7500 tickets sold. And being a Nepali citizen, I can assure you lot more people should have watched it. The rumours going round says today's crowd is even bigger."

End of over 4 (16 runs) Nepal 38/2
P Khadka    14* (7b 1x4 1x6)      H Ullah Khan    2-0-25-0
SP Khakurel    15* (11b 2x4 1x6)      Nazril Rahman    2-0-12-2

4.1

Durrani to Khakurel, 3 runs, fast and flat and clipped down leg

4.2

Durrani to Khadka, 3 runs, same as before

4.3

Durrani to Khakurel, no run

4.4

Durrani to Khakurel, 1 run, quick single to mid-on inside the circle

Adhyatma Subedi: "TU ground is always special when Nepal plays...Crowd has always been 12th man in Nepalease team..."

4.5

Durrani to Khadka, no run

4.6

Durrani to Khadka, no run, slower, more flighted delivery, played to cover

Nepal going along well here at 9 an over

End of over 5 (7 runs) Nepal 45/2
P Khadka    17* (10b 1x4 1x6)      KH Durrani    1-0-7-0
SP Khakurel    19* (14b 2x4 1x6)      H Ullah Khan    2-0-25-0

Change of ends for Nazril, on from the Clubhouse End now

5.1

Nazril Rahman to Khakurel, 1 run

5.2

Nazril Rahman to Khadka, FOUR, waits on a length ball, just for a moment, to time the drive supremely to mid-off

5.3

Nazril Rahman to Khadka, no run, big hit attempted to a full-pitched delivery, lands just short of mid-on

5.4

Nazril Rahman to Khadka, FOUR, pitched up, flicked over square leg

5.5

Nazril Rahman to Khadka, no run, beaten outside off, having planted himself for a flat-bat slash

5.6

Nazril Rahman to Khadka, 1 run, driven hard, along the ground, mid-on Faiz diving to his left does well

End of over 6 (10 runs) Nepal 55/2
P Khadka    26* (15b 3x4 1x6)      Nazril Rahman    3-0-22-2
SP Khakurel    20* (15b 2x4 1x6)      KH Durrani    1-0-7-0

Nizam Yusof SLA to bowl from the Chovar End

6.1

Shahrulnizam Yusof to Khadka, 2 runs, flicked round to wide fine leg, good running for 2, beats the direct hit

6.2

Shahrulnizam Yusof to Khadka, no run

6.3

Shahrulnizam Yusof to Khadka, 1 leg bye

6.4

Shahrulnizam Yusof to Khakurel, no run

6.5

Shahrulnizam Yusof to Khakurel, no run

6.6

Shahrulnizam Yusof to Khakurel, 2 runs, clipped round, very good running

End of over 7 (5 runs) Nepal 60/2
SP Khakurel    22* (18b 2x4 1x6)      Shahrulnizam Yusof    1-0-4-0
P Khadka    28* (18b 3x4 1x6)      Nazril Rahman    3-0-22-2

Suhan Kumar rotating his bowlers, Nazril replaced by Hassan Ghulam RMF at the Clubhouse End. Sun is at its brightest too now,

7.1

Hassan Ghulam to Khadka, 1 run, pitched up, driven to mid-on

7.2

Hassan Ghulam to Khakurel, no run

7.3

Hassan Ghulam to Khakurel, 2 runs, length ball, driven square

7.4

Hassan Ghulam to Khakurel, no run

7.5

Hassan Ghulam to Khakurel, 1 run, pitched right up, driven straight, sweet timing

7.6

Hassan Ghulam to Khadka, no run, climbs off a length, Paras fishes, doesn't make contact

Good competitive match this

End of over 8 (4 runs) Nepal 64/2
P Khadka    29* (20b 3x4 1x6)      Hassan Ghulam    1-0-4-0
SP Khakurel    25* (22b 2x4 1x6)      Shahrulnizam Yusof    1-0-4-0

8.1

Shahrulnizam Yusof to Khakurel, OUT, good work by the 'keeper to dismiss his opposite number, Yusof foxing Subash completely in the flight

SP Khakurel st †Shafiq Sharif b Shahrulnizam Yusof 25 (38m 23b 2x4 1x6) SR: 108.69

8.2

Shahrulnizam Yusof to Bhandari, no run

8.3

Shahrulnizam Yusof to Bhandari, 1 run, softish hands past backward point

8.4

Shahrulnizam Yusof to Khadka, no run, driven hard but to mid-on

8.5

Shahrulnizam Yusof to Khadka, no run

8.6

Shahrulnizam Yusof to Khadka, no run, on one knee for the trademark crouching tiger Khadka drive, finds mid-off

End of over 9 (1 run) Nepal 65/3
P Khadka    29* (23b 3x4 1x6)      Shahrulnizam Yusof    2-0-5-1
B Bhandari    1* (2b)      Hassan Ghulam    1-0-4-0

9.1

Hassan Ghulam to Bhandari, no run, on off-stump, driven to mid-off

9.2

Hassan Ghulam to Bhandari, no run, same again, bowling well is the tall long-haired paceman

9.3

Hassan Ghulam to Bhandari, no run, full and into the pads

9.4

Hassan Ghulam to Bhandari, 1 run, pitched right up, on middle, driven to long-on

9.5

Hassan Ghulam to Khadka, FOUR, half-volley on leg, Paras doesn't miss out

9.6

Hassan Ghulam to Khadka, 1 run, on a length on off, drops the ball in front of him and races through to pinch the strike

Nepal on course for 160 the way they're going

End of over 10 (6 runs) Nepal 71/3
P Khadka    34* (25b 4x4 1x6)      Hassan Ghulam    2-0-10-0
B Bhandari    2* (6b)      Shahrulnizam Yusof    2-0-5-1

10.1

Durrani to Khadka, 2 runs, big heave, ball squirts high off the outer half of the bat

10.2

Durrani to Khadka, FOUR, Dil-scooped, the crowd love that one

10.3

Durrani to Khadka, 1 run

10.4

Durrani to Bhandari, no run

10.5

Durrani to Bhandari, 1 run

10.6

Durrani to Khadka, 1 run, glanced to fine leg inside the circle and he nicks the strike again

Possibly, just possibly 10,000 at the ground today, the match is a sell-out

End of over 11 (9 runs) Nepal 80/3
P Khadka    42* (29b 5x4 1x6)      KH Durrani    2-0-16-0
B Bhandari    3* (8b)      Hassan Ghulam    2-0-10-0

11.1

Shahrulnizam Yusof to Khadka, no run

11.2

Shahrulnizam Yusof to Khadka, FOUR, not short at all, played on width, paddled to fine leg

11.3

Shahrulnizam Yusof to Khadka, no run

Nepal's fielding holding up well

11.4

Shahrulnizam Yusof to Khadka, no run

11.5

Shahrulnizam Yusof to Khadka, FOUR, reaches 50, with a deft cut to third man, fielder chases all the way but is beaten

11.6

Shahrulnizam Yusof to Khadka, no run

End of over 12 (8 runs) Nepal 88/3
P Khadka    50* (35b 7x4 1x6)      Shahrulnizam Yusof    3-0-13-1
B Bhandari    3* (8b)      KH Durrani    2-0-16-0

12.1

Nik Arifin to Bhandari, FOUR, full toss, slammed back to the sightscreen

12.2

Nik Arifin to Bhandari, 1 run, driven to long-on

12.3

Nik Arifin to Khadka, SIX, Paras goes long, bisects long-on and midwicket

12.4

Nik Arifin to Khadka, no run

12.5

Nik Arifin to Khadka, 1 run

12.6

Nik Arifin to Bhandari, 1 run, driven to the man at midwicket

End of over 13 (13 runs) Nepal 101/3
B Bhandari    9* (11b 1x4)      Nik Arifin    1-0-13-0
P Khadka    57* (38b 7x4 2x6)      Shahrulnizam Yusof    3-0-13-1

13.1

Shahrulnizam Yusof to Bhandari, FOUR, pitched up and slammed one bounce over the long-on rope, fielder got a hand to it but bounced over him

13.2

Shahrulnizam Yusof to Bhandari, no run

13.3

Shahrulnizam Yusof to Bhandari, 1 run

13.4

Shahrulnizam Yusof to Khadka, 1 run, shimmies down to manufacture a full-toss and sends it into the sightscreen, ten feet up

13.5

Shahrulnizam Yusof to Bhandari, SIX

13.6

Shahrulnizam Yusof to Bhandari, OUT, big cross-batted heave, ball goes under the bat

B Bhandari b Shahrulnizam Yusof 20 (21m 16b 2x4 1x6) SR: 125.00

Decent cameo from Binod Bhandari, ran well too for the team. Yusof the best of the Malaysian bowlers so far, and we can expect some mayhem from now

End of over 14 (12 runs) Nepal 113/4
     Shahrulnizam Yusof    4-0-25-2
P Khadka    58* (39b 7x4 2x6)      Nik Arifin    1-0-13-0

14.1

Suharril Fetri to Khadka, FOUR, full-toss swatted to midwicket, ball bobbles out of the fielders hands and over the rope

14.2

Suharril Fetri to Khadka, no run

14.3

Suharril Fetri to Khadka, FOUR, full. Slammed into the sightscreen

14.4

Suharril Fetri to Khadka, no run

14.5

Suharril Fetri to Khadka, no run

14.6

Suharril Fetri to Khadka, 1 run, driven firmly, long-off gets down. Plenty of batspeed from Paras

End of over 15 (9 runs) Nepal 122/4
P Khadka    67* (45b 9x4 2x6)      Suharril Fetri    1-0-9-0
S Vesawkar    0* (0b)      Shahrulnizam Yusof    4-0-25-2

15.1

Durrani to Khadka, 1 run, driven hard to long-on

15.2

Durrani to Vesawkar, no run, Paras has to dive to make his ground

15.3

Durrani to Vesawkar, 1 run, cut to backward point, no chance of a second

15.4

Durrani to Khadka, 1 run, driven to mid-off

15.5

Durrani to Vesawkar, OUT, goes for the swat of all swats, down on one knee, off-stump knocked back

S Vesawkar b Durrani 1 (6m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Prithu Baskoota playing his first match of the tournament

15.6

Durrani to Baskota, 2 runs

End of over 16 (5 runs) Nepal 127/5
P Baskota    2* (1b)      KH Durrani    3-0-21-1
P Khadka    69* (47b 9x4 2x6)      Suharril Fetri    1-0-9-0

16.1

Suharril Fetri to Khadka, 1 run

16.2

Suharril Fetri to Baskota, 1 run

16.3

Suharril Fetri to Khadka, 1 wide, big appeal for a caught behind, in the end its a wide

16.3

Suharril Fetri to Khadka, FOUR, full and just hammered between mid-wicket and long-on

16.4

Suharril Fetri to Khadka, FOUR, full again and driven to the sightscreen, long on, long off: no chance

Anurag Acharya: "Captain Paras recently got engaged and this is the first match his fiancee is watching live in the ground. No wonder he's playing well!"

16.5

Suharril Fetri to Khadka, 1 run

16.6

Suharril Fetri to Baskota, 2 runs, good running

End of over 17 (14 runs) Nepal 141/5
P Baskota    5* (3b)      Suharril Fetri    2-0-23-0
P Khadka    79* (51b 11x4 2x6)      KH Durrani    3-0-21-1

17.1

Hassan Ghulam to Khadka, 2 runs, ball skews off the bat, Suhan Kumar at mid-off running back dives, ball just out of reach

17.2

Hassan Ghulam to Khadka, SIX, full, on the legs and deposited over midwicket

The crowd is going wild for their hero!

17.3

Hassan Ghulam to Khadka, OUT, flings the bat at this, ball climbs high, long-off takes a good catch

P Khadka c Ahmed Faiz b Hassan Ghulam 87 (64m 54b 11x4 3x6) SR: 161.11

Crowd on their feet in appreciation of a fine innings. sabin: "SeEms like every nepali playerS should be engageD"

17.4

Hassan Ghulam to Baskota, no run

17.5

Hassan Ghulam to Baskota, 1 leg bye

17.6

Hassan Ghulam to B Regmi, no run

End of over 18 (9 runs) Nepal 150/6
B Regmi    0* (1b)      Hassan Ghulam    3-0-18-1
P Baskota    5* (5b)      Suharril Fetri    2-0-23-0

18.1

Durrani to Baskota, 1 run

18.2

Durrani to B Regmi, 1 run

18.3

Durrani to Baskota, 1 run, ball right up to the bat, no room for these smaller batsmen to play big shots.

18.4

Durrani to B Regmi, 1 run

18.5

Durrani to Baskota, OUT, goes for a big one, Durrani varying his pace and trajectory well, top of middle knocked back

P Baskota b Durrani 7 (12m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

18.6

Durrani to Gauchan, 2 runs, played to square leg

End of over 19 (6 runs) Nepal 156/7
SP Gauchan    2* (1b)      KH Durrani    4-0-27-2
B Regmi    2* (3b)      Hassan Ghulam    3-0-18-1

19.1

Hassan Ghulam to B Regmi, OUT, Skittering run-up from the fast-bowler, looks awfully stiff, pitched up, and lofted towards extra cover who runs round to his left

B Regmi c Shahrulnizam Yusof b Hassan Ghulam 2 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Deepak from Finland: "They should have sent SP Gauchan in....if a man who is just enggaged can do this much....a Married man with a kid......"

19.2

Hassan Ghulam to Gauchan, 1 run

Suman: "I am also recently engageD. Should i c0me and bAt for them????"

19.3

Hassan Ghulam to Sawad, 1 leg bye

19.4

Hassan Ghulam to Gauchan, 2 runs, good running, diving into the crease for the second

19.5

Hassan Ghulam to Gauchan, 1 run, tip and run to mid-on

19.6

Hassan Ghulam to Sawad, 2 runs, pitched up again and driven hard to long-on, good running for the second

Match State: Innings Break Both teams will be satisfied going in, Malaysia kept plugging away and Paras for all his runs could not quite impose himself as much as he'd like. He'd have been happier with 180. Malaysia have chased down 171 against Singapore on this ground already so they're going to feel they're in with a strong chance. It remains an excellent batting track. And Nepal's bowlers will be hoping to strike early. Join us again after the resumption.

End of over 20 (7 runs) Nepal 163/8
C Sawad    2* (2b)      Hassan Ghulam    4-0-24-2
SP Gauchan    6* (4b)      KH Durrani    4-0-27-2
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