Asian Cricket Council Twenty20 Cup, Final: Nepal v Afghanistan at Kirtipur, Apr 3, 2013
Afghanistan won by 7 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)

Teams take the field, close to a full house already. 15000 are expected. Shapoor Zadran marking out his 35-yard run up from the Chovar End. Subash Khakurel marking his guard. Terrific atmosphere at this ACC Twenty20 Cup Final!

0.1

Shapoor Zadran to Khakurel, FOUR, short and down leg, glanced down

0.2

Shapoor Zadran to Khakurel, no run, fuller, jammed down to point

0.3

Shapoor Zadran to Khakurel, 1 run, back of a length, on off, played to backward point, quick single.

A roar from the crowd every time Shapoor comes in to bowl

0.4

Shapoor Zadran to Airee, 1 leg bye, short of a length, takes the thigh pad to fine leg

0.5

Shapoor Zadran to Khakurel, 1 run, length ball, on leg, tucked round the corner

0.6

Shapoor Zadran to Airee, no run, back of a length, on off, played down in front of him

End of over 1 (7 runs) Nepal 7/0

    • PS Airee 0 (2b)
    • SP Khakurel 6 (4b 1x4)
    • Shapoor Zadran 1-0-6-0
1.1

Gulbadin Naib to Khakurel, FOUR, pitched up, gentle loosener, in the slot and slammed over mid-off

1.2

Gulbadin Naib to Khakurel, no run, on a length, played to gully, quicker delivery

1.3

Gulbadin Naib to Khakurel, OUT, short, goes to pull, early on the stroke, takes the top-edge and goes high to third man, where Najib takes a good catch

SP Khakurel c Najibullah Zadran b Gulbadin Naib 10 (5m 7b 2x4 0x6) SR: 142.85

1.4

Gulbadin Naib to Airee, no run, full, driven to mid-off

1.5

Gulbadin Naib to Airee, 1 run, back of a length, turned to backward square

1.6

Gulbadin Naib to Malla, 1 run, full length, played to mid on

asoc: "Govt. of Nepal has pull down the power cut schedule during the final game. Great relief for the cricket fans who could not make up to the stadium!"

End of over 2 (6 runs) Nepal 13/1

    • G Malla 1 (1b)
    • PS Airee 1 (4b)
    • Gulbadin Naib 1-0-6-1
    • Shapoor Zadran 1-0-6-0
2.1

Shapoor Zadran to Malla, no run

2.2

Shapoor Zadran to Malla, FOUR, leg-stump, pitched up, driven sweetly with just a turn of the wrists, top shot

2.3

Shapoor Zadran to Malla, no run, defended back down the wicket

2.4

Shapoor Zadran to Malla, no run, full, homing in on off, defended back down the track

Crowd roused to chant "Nepal, Nepal"

2.5

Shapoor Zadran to Malla, no run, full, played to mid-off

2.6

Shapoor Zadran to Malla, no run, length ball, on off, comes forward, off the bat to point

Looks like a track with pace and bounce, certainly not the lower, slower deck of yesterday. So far.

End of over 3 (4 runs) Nepal 17/1

    • G Malla 5 (7b 1x4)
    • PS Airee 1 (4b)
    • Shapoor Zadran 2-0-10-0
    • Gulbadin Naib 1-0-6-1
3.1

Gulbadin Naib to Airee, OUT, climbs off a length, pops up off the face of the bat and point pouches

PS Airee c Fazal Niazai b Gulbadin Naib 1 (13m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

And Paras Khadka is in.

3.2

Gulbadin Naib to Khadka, 1 run, pitched up and driven to mid-on, quick single

vishal panthi: "no there is incorrect message to us that nepal govt has pull down the power cut schedule for final game...." That's a shame! Hope you find a way to follow the match.

3.3

Gulbadin Naib to Malla, no run

3.4

Gulbadin Naib to Malla, no run

3.5

Gulbadin Naib to Malla, FOUR, shorter, slower, waits on it and plays a low pull-sweep very well to deep mid-on. Stroke of a man who's seeing it well

3.6

Gulbadin Naib to Malla, 1 run, played to mid-on

End of over 4 (6 runs) Nepal 23/2

    • G Malla 10 (11b 2x4)
    • P Khadka 1 (1b)
    • Gulbadin Naib 2-0-12-2
    • Shapoor Zadran 2-0-10-0
4.1

Shapoor Zadran to Malla, no run, pitched up, on off, forward to drive, straight to mid-off

4.2

Shapoor Zadran to Malla, no run, full again, outside off, square driven to point

4.3

Shapoor Zadran to Malla, OUT, Shapoor's persistence and consistency pays off, holds that back a touch perhaps, driven straight to mid-off head high

G Malla c Samiullah Shenwari b Shapoor Zadran 10 (14m 14b 2x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

That's two the batsmen have mistimed, ball apparently stopping on the wicket. 120 looks a good score!

4.4

Shapoor Zadran to Bhandari, no run, pitched up, defended

4.5

Shapoor Zadran to Bhandari, no run, full again, Shapoor looking for that stump-splayer

4.6

Shapoor Zadran to Bhandari, 1 run, full, on leg, glanced round to fine leg

End of over 5 (1 run) Nepal 24/3

    • B Bhandari 1 (3b)
    • P Khadka 1 (1b)
    • Shapoor Zadran 3-0-11-1
    • Gulbadin Naib 2-0-12-2
5.1

Gulbadin Naib to Bhandari, no run, good length delivery, defended

5.2

Gulbadin Naib to Bhandari, no run, full, played to mid on

5.3

Gulbadin Naib to Bhandari, no run, back of a length, tries to turn it round, hint of a leading edge, drops safe in front of the bowler

5.4

Gulbadin Naib to Bhandari, 1 run, short, cut without huge effort

5.5

Gulbadin Naib to Khadka, no run, full-length, Paras looking for a big on-drive over mid-wicket, misses, ball into midriff

5.6

Gulbadin Naib to Khadka, no run, shuffles down as the bowler gathers, mistimes the drive, lands one bounce in front of mid-off. Looks a tricky wicket to bat on

End of over 6 (1 run) Nepal 25/3

    • P Khadka 1 (3b)
    • B Bhandari 2 (7b)
    • Gulbadin Naib 3-0-13-2
    • Shapoor Zadran 3-0-11-1

Aftab Alam's pace replaces Shapoor Zadran's pace at the Chovar End

6.1

Aftab Alam to Bhandari, no run, on a length, on off, defended to point

6.2

Aftab Alam to Bhandari, 1 run, length ball on leg, turned round to square

6.3

Aftab Alam to Khadka, 1 run, tries the bouncer on Paras, but its wide of off-stump, Paras chops it down to third man

6.4

Aftab Alam to Bhandari, no run, fuller, head over ball defense

6.5

Aftab Alam to Bhandari, 1 wide, short, climbs over the batsman's head

6.5

Aftab Alam to Bhandari, no run, pitched right up, driven back hard but straight to mid-off

6.6

Aftab Alam to Bhandari, no run, length delivery, on off, defended

Hostile over from Aftab Alam

End of over 7 (3 runs) Nepal 28/3

    • B Bhandari 3 (12b)
    • P Khadka 2 (4b)
    • Aftab Alam 1-0-3-0
    • Gulbadin Naib 3-0-13-2
7.1

Gulbadin Naib to Khadka, 1 run, forward to drive, to mid-off's right, throw comes in, hits the stumps but Paras is safe

7.2

Gulbadin Naib to Bhandari, no run, slower delivery, low full-toss in the end, dug out

7.3

Gulbadin Naib to Bhandari, no run, length ball, on off, beats the outside edge

7.4

Gulbadin Naib to Bhandari, 2 runs, length delivery driven on the up, ball flies three feet over and to the left of point

7.5

Gulbadin Naib to Bhandari, no run, cautious jab down to a length ball

7.6

Gulbadin Naib to Bhandari, FOUR, top stroke, leg-stump delivery driven to long-on. Nepal's first boundary in 24 balls

End of over 8 (7 runs) Nepal 35/3

    • B Bhandari 9 (17b 1x4)
    • P Khadka 3 (5b)
    • Gulbadin Naib 4-0-20-2
    • Aftab Alam 1-0-3-0

Left-arm spin now

8.1

Amir Hamza to Khadka, 1 run, pitched up, driven to cover, bowler licks his fingers

8.2

Amir Hamza to Bhandari, 1 run, driven to mid-off

8.3

Amir Hamza to Khadka, 1 run, tip and run to cover

8.4

Amir Hamza to Bhandari, no run, forward defense, bowler asks for lbw

8.5

Amir Hamza to Bhandari, 1 run, forward to drive to long-off

8.6

Amir Hamza to Khadka, no run, rocks back to cut, point is in the way

End of over 9 (4 runs) Nepal 39/3

    • P Khadka 5 (8b)
    • B Bhandari 11 (20b 1x4)
    • Amir Hamza 1-0-4-0
    • Gulbadin Naib 4-0-20-2
9.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Bhandari, no run, pitched up, defended

9.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Bhandari, 1 run, cover-driven

9.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Khadka, no run, goes to cut a ball that gets big on him

9.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Khadka, no run, doesn't quite connect with that cut shot either

9.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Khadka, 1 run, down on one knee for the trademark swat, along the ground, midwicket collects

9.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Bhandari, no run, played back to the bowler

Afghanistan racing through the overs, Nepal need boundaries, precious few of them so far this innings

End of over 10 (2 runs) Nepal 41/3

    • B Bhandari 12 (23b 1x4)
    • P Khadka 6 (11b)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 1-0-2-0
    • Amir Hamza 1-0-4-0
10.1

Amir Hamza to Khadka, SIX, sent soaring over mid-on, into the crowd!

10.2

Amir Hamza to Khadka, 1 run, turned round to fine leg

10.3

Amir Hamza to Bhandari, 1 run, clipped to square leg

10.4

Amir Hamza to Khadka, 1 run, short, chopped down to backward point, panthers through for a single

10.5

Amir Hamza to Bhandari, no run, tries to go big, pad not bat

10.6

Amir Hamza to Bhandari, no run, pitched up, spinning in, defended

6 boundaries out of 66 balls so far.

End of over 11 (9 runs) Nepal 50/3

    • B Bhandari 13 (26b 1x4)
    • P Khadka 14 (14b 1x6)
    • Amir Hamza 2-0-13-0
    • Samiullah Shenwari 1-0-2-0
11.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Khadka, FOUR, make that seven off 67! Driven to the long-on boundary

11.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Khadka, no run, tries a flick to leg, misses

11.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Khadka, 1 run, lofted over the infield, long-on gathers one-handed on the boundary

11.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Bhandari, 1 run, tapped to cover

11.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Khadka, 1 run, straight drive to long on, big arc of the bat

11.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Bhandari, SIX, slog-swept and with some power, over the head of midwicket

Nepal's most productive over so far

End of over 12 (13 runs) Nepal 63/3

    • B Bhandari 20 (28b 1x4 1x6)
    • P Khadka 20 (18b 1x4 1x6)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 2-0-15-0
    • Amir Hamza 2-0-13-0

Aftab back, Nepal have been less comfortable against pace

12.1

Aftab Alam to Khadka, no run, pitched up, defended

12.2

Aftab Alam to Khadka, 1 run, tucked down to backward point

12.3

Aftab Alam to Bhandari, no run, pitched up, driven to mid-off

12.4

Aftab Alam to Bhandari, no run, length ball, outside off, goes for a big one, misses

12.5

Aftab Alam to Bhandari, no run, similar delivery, less ambitious stroke, bowler appeals for the nick

12.6

Aftab Alam to Bhandari, 2 runs, pitched up, driven to long-off

End of over 13 (3 runs) Nepal 66/3

    • B Bhandari 22 (32b 1x4 1x6)
    • P Khadka 21 (20b 1x4 1x6)
    • Aftab Alam 2-0-6-0
    • Samiullah Shenwari 2-0-15-0

Nabi on from the Clubhouse End

13.1

Mohammad Nabi to Khadka, 1 run, length ball, turned round the corner

13.2

Mohammad Nabi to Bhandari, FOUR, pitched up, driven, in the air a while, long-off gives chase, beaten. Good stroke

13.3

Mohammad Nabi to Bhandari, 1 wide, wide down leg, turn evident

13.3

Mohammad Nabi to Bhandari, 5 wides, big turn again

13.3

Mohammad Nabi to Bhandari, 1 run, falls over his feet in sweeping, wayward throw from square leg allows a run

13.4

Mohammad Nabi to Khadka, no run, driven to mid-on

13.5

Mohammad Nabi to Khadka, 2 runs, in the slot, driven, fumble at long-on allows the second

13.6

Mohammad Nabi to Khadka, 1 run, full, flicked round the corner

End of over 14 (15 runs) Nepal 81/3

    • P Khadka 25 (24b 1x4 1x6)
    • B Bhandari 27 (34b 2x4 1x6)
    • Mohammad Nabi 1-0-15-0
    • Aftab Alam 2-0-6-0

Hamza Hotak back on from the Chovar End

14.1

Amir Hamza to Khadka, 1 run, pitched up, driven to long-off

14.2

Amir Hamza to Bhandari, 1 run, back of a length and cut to extra cover

14.3

Amir Hamza to Khadka, no run, driven to mid-off

Dust flying off the wicket, wjhenever the breeze picks up

14.4

Amir Hamza to Khadka, no run, beaten outside off

14.5

Amir Hamza to Khadka, 1 run, in the slot, driven to deep midwicket

14.6

Amir Hamza to Bhandari, no run, down on one knee to go long, no connection

End of over 15 (3 runs) Nepal 84/3

    • B Bhandari 28 (36b 2x4 1x6)
    • P Khadka 27 (28b 1x4 1x6)
    • Amir Hamza 3-0-16-0
    • Mohammad Nabi 1-0-15-0
15.1

Aftab Alam to Khadka, no run, beaten outside off, ball skidding through

15.2

Aftab Alam to Khadka, no run, tries to drive, ball finds pad

15.3

Aftab Alam to Khadka, FOUR, back of a length, flat-bat drive timed very well, beats long-off

15.4

Aftab Alam to Khadka, 1 run, short, leans back to pull in front of square

15.5

Aftab Alam to Bhandari, FOUR, full and scoop-flicked over fine leg, no fielder there

ganesh thapa: "Echo of the sound FOUR.......all arnd the stadium"

15.6

Aftab Alam to Bhandari, no run, looking for the yorker, appeal for lbw

End of over 16 (9 runs) Nepal 93/3

    • B Bhandari 32 (38b 3x4 1x6)
    • P Khadka 32 (32b 2x4 1x6)
    • Aftab Alam 3-0-15-0
    • Amir Hamza 3-0-16-0
16.1

Amir Hamza to Khadka, 1 run, pitched up, driven to long-off

Hamza goes round the wicket as a matter of course

16.2

Amir Hamza to Bhandari, OUT, pitched up, driven, a low skimmer, good take by long-off

B Bhandari c Aftab Alam b Amir Hamza 32 (47m 39b 3x4 1x6) SR: 82.05

16.3

Amir Hamza to Vesawkar, 1 run, driven to midwicket

16.4

Amir Hamza to Khadka, 1 run, low full-toss driven to long-off

An Afghan fielder has come down with cramp, receiving treatment

16.5

Amir Hamza to Vesawkar, 1 run, full, dinked round to fine leg inside the circle

16.6

Amir Hamza to Khadka, 1 run, full, driven hard to long off

End of a good spell by Hamza Hotak, Nepal will be looking to their spinners in anticipation

End of over 17 (5 runs) Nepal 98/4

    • P Khadka 35 (35b 2x4 1x6)
    • S Vesawkar 2 (2b)
    • Amir Hamza 4-0-21-1
    • Aftab Alam 3-0-15-0
17.1

Mohammad Nabi to Khadka, FOUR, full, and swatted beyond midwicket's reach

17.2

Mohammad Nabi to Khadka, SIX, lofted over and between two fielders placed for the leg-side tonk

17.3

Mohammad Nabi to Khadka, no run, misses with the reverse-sweep

17.4

Mohammad Nabi to Khadka, FOUR, driven straight, long-on no chance

17.5

Mohammad Nabi to Khadka, 1 run, top-edges the sweep, goes behind him, safe. Another fine 50 by Nepal's captain!

17.6

Mohammad Nabi to Vesawkar, 1 run, OUT, clipped to point, first one's taken quickly, Paras doesn't want the second but Sharad's already more than halfway down, Paras tries to get up to the bowler's end,is run out without getting anywhere near

P Khadka run out 50 (63m 40b 4x4 2x6) SR: 125.00

An otherwise good over for Nepal, Nabi taking some rare punishment

End of over 18 (16 runs) Nepal 114/4

    • S Vesawkar 3 (3b)
    • Mohammad Nabi 2-0-31-0
    • Amir Hamza 4-0-21-1

(Nepal) Pramod Pandey: "i wonder what the rank would have been of this venue for its beauty in the world..... for the warm reception it has been providing to the cricketing world and that too in associates" Pretty high up there, Pramod

18.1

Shapoor Zadran to Baskota, no run, pitched up, bowler fields

18.2

Shapoor Zadran to Baskota, 1 run, tip and run to cover

18.3

Shapoor Zadran to Vesawkar, 1 run, full, square driven

18.4

Shapoor Zadran to Baskota, 1 run

18.5

Shapoor Zadran to Vesawkar, no run, full, beats the angled push outside off

18.6

Shapoor Zadran to Vesawkar, 1 run, OUT, sliced to cover, throw comes in, Prithu sent back for his attempt at a second, out by five feet

P Baskota run out 2 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

End of over 19 (4 runs) Nepal 118/5

    • S Vesawkar 5 (6b)
    • Shapoor Zadran 4-0-15-1
    • Mohammad Nabi 2-0-31-0
19.1

Aftab Alam to Vesawkar, 2 runs, miscues the big legside hit, lands safe and beats the throw too, as Karim breaks the wicket

(Russia) Suraj: "Why delay in commenrty??!!!" Well, dear Suraj, sometimes wifi disappears. Sometimes power does, Sometimes other things happen. It's outdoor commentary in Nepal. Nevertheless it all gets put right as soon as humanly possible. Thank you for your interest and patience

19.2

Aftab Alam to Vesawkar, FOUR, driven, in the air, but wide of mid-off

19.3

Aftab Alam to Vesawkar, FOUR, pitched up, just stands tall and whacks it! Through midwicket

19.4

Aftab Alam to Vesawkar, FOUR, full and wide of off, chopped down past backward point

19.5

Aftab Alam to Vesawkar, 1 wide, short, outside off

19.5

Aftab Alam to Vesawkar, 1 run, full and absolutely hammered back past the bowler, long-off's in the way

19.6

Aftab Alam to B Regmi, 1 bye, sets off as soon as the ball beats the bat

Match State: Innings Break Two good overs for Nepal set them up for what will be a challenging score. The wicket's not easy to bat on, just stopping a little on a length and there's a fair amount of turn available. sailesh: "135 is not as low a score as it seems in the scorecard , especially with crowd of 15000 defending it" A fair point! But it's really XI against XI out there. We look forward to a thrilling conclusion to what has been an excellent tournament

End of over 20 (17 runs) Nepal 135/6

    • B Regmi 0 (1b)
    • S Vesawkar 20 (11b 3x4)
    • Aftab Alam 4-0-31-0
    • Shapoor Zadran 4-0-15-1
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