Asian Cricket Council Emerging Teams Cup, 2013 / Commentary

Asian Cricket Council Emerging Teams Cup - Group A

Afghanistan v Nepal

Afghanistan won by 3 runs (D/L method)

Good morning from sunny Singapore! The teams are just going through their final debriefs from the coaches, and about to take the field after posing for the official ACC photographer. Seamer-friendly conditions today, just a bit of moisture in the air early on. Nepal happier to have won the toss in order to put Afghanistan in.

0.1

Karn to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, Avinash Karn pitched up, outside off, driven to mid-off.

0.2

Karn to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, On leg-stump, worked to square leg

0.3

Karn to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, pitched up and defended

0.4

Karn to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, short, comes slow off the wicket, half cut, half tap and straight into the hands of Prithu Baskota at point who amazingly, DROPS it

0.5

Karn to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, driven hard, straight and true, good shot to the long-on boundary

0.6

Karn to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, on the stumps, defended

End of over 1 (4 runs) Afghanistan 4/0
Mohammad Shahzad    4* (6b 1x4)      A Karn    1-0-4-0
    

1.1

Sawad to Nawroz Mangal, no run, long run-up and generating some pace, defended

1.2

Sawad to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, tapped to cover to get off the mark

1.3

Sawad to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, length delivery, rapped on the pads but high and hint of an inside edge. Batsman beaten, moral victory for the bowler

1.4

Sawad to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

1.5

Sawad to Mohammad Shahzad, 2 runs, pitched up, goes aerial! Outer half of the bat, cover and mid-off run back to field, was in the air a long time

1.6

Sawad to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, fuller, keeps a touch low, strikes pad, going down leg

Nepal just need to let the ball do the work, Afghanistan a little streaky at this stage

End of over 2 (3 runs) Afghanistan 7/0
Mohammad Shahzad    6* (10b 1x4)      C Sawad    1-0-3-0
Nawroz Mangal    1* (2b)      A Karn    1-0-4-0

2.1

Karn to Nawroz Mangal, no run

2.2

Karn to Nawroz Mangal, no run, beaten outside off, applause for the bowler from his team-mates

2.3

Karn to Nawroz Mangal, no run, length delivery, across the batsman with the left-armer's angle, defended

2.4

Karn to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, pinches a run with a dab off his legs

2.5

Karn to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 leg bye, hint of swing, called through for a quick one

2.6

Karn to Nawroz Mangal, no run, firm drive to a ball pitched well up, bowler fields well in his follow-through

End of over 3 (2 runs) Afghanistan 9/0
Nawroz Mangal    2* (7b)      A Karn    2-1-5-0
Mohammad Shahzad    6* (11b 1x4)      C Sawad    1-0-3-0

3.1

Sawad to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, Flicked off his hips to the hands of square leg Anil Mandal, moving to his left and another uncharacteristic DROP by Nepal

3.2

Sawad to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, good pace from the lanky seamer from the Club End, making Shahzad hurry

3.3

Sawad to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 wide

3.3

Sawad to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, waits on a ball that keeps low from a length, times a crouching drive well, but cover Malla is there, diving to save runs

3.4

Sawad to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

3.5

Sawad to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, short and just hoisted over midwicket, first poor ball he's bowled

3.6

Sawad to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, pitched up and driven imperiously through long-off

Shahzad had lost his cricket gear in transit from Namibia - playing with borrowed everything, also looked like he was on borrowed time at the start of the innings, seems to be settling in now

End of over 4 (9 runs) Afghanistan 18/0
Mohammad Shahzad    14* (17b 3x4)      C Sawad    2-0-12-0
Nawroz Mangal    2* (7b)      A Karn    2-1-5-0

4.1

Karn to Nawroz Mangal, no run, defended on the back foot

4.2

Karn to Nawroz Mangal, no run, forward to defend

4.3

Karn to Nawroz Mangal, FOUR, pitched up, bit of width outside off, down on one knee to play the shot of the day so far, a square drive that races off the bat

4.4

Karn to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, pushed to mid-on

4.5

Karn to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

4.6

Karn to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, gets low to defend a ball that didn't rise off a length.

Slow wicket this

End of over 5 (5 runs) Afghanistan 23/0
Mohammad Shahzad    14* (19b 3x4)      A Karn    3-1-10-0
Nawroz Mangal    7* (11b 1x4)      C Sawad    2-0-12-0

5.1

Sawad to Nawroz Mangal, no run

5.2

Sawad to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, nudged round the corner

5.3

Sawad to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, length ball on middle, defended stoutly

5.4

Sawad to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, this is what makes him so infuriating to the bowlers, perfectly good ball on a length, on middle and off, Shahzad gets low and swivels an angled bat pull to mid-on

5.5

Sawad to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, and then he defends a delivery that was very similar to the previous one which he attacked!

5.6

Sawad to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

End of over 6 (5 runs) Afghanistan 28/0
Mohammad Shahzad    18* (23b 4x4)      C Sawad    3-0-17-0
Nawroz Mangal    8* (13b 1x4)      A Karn    3-1-10-0

6.1

Karn to Nawroz Mangal, no run

6.2

Karn to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, content to work the ball into the gaps is the veteran, content to let Shahzad fire at the other end

6.3

Karn to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

6.4

Karn to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, top stroke, lofted straight drive to the sightscreen, close to a six

6.5

Karn to Mohammad Shahzad, OUT, lazy lean back to give catching practise and Gyanendra doesn't ever drop them, waist high offering at cover pouched.

Mohammad Shahzad c Malla b Karn 22 (29m 26b 5x4 0x6) SR: 84.61

Binod Simkhada: "Its probably the biggest rivalry outside test nations. No wonder I am still awake at 2:40 am in London." That's why we are here too Binod! Enjoy your night and morning

6.6

Karn to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

End of over 7 (9 runs) Afghanistan 33/1
Samiullah Shenwari    0* (1b)      A Karn    4-1-11-1
Nawroz Mangal    9* (15b 1x4)      C Sawad    3-0-17-0

7.1

Sawad to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run

7.2

Sawad to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

7.3

Sawad to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run

7.4

Sawad to Nawroz Mangal, no run

7.5

Sawad to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run

7.6

Sawad to Samiullah Shenwari, 2 runs

End of over 8 (5 runs) Afghanistan 38/1
Samiullah Shenwari    3* (4b)      C Sawad    4-0-22-0
Nawroz Mangal    11* (18b 1x4)      A Karn    4-1-11-1

8.1

Karn to Nawroz Mangal, no run

8.2

Karn to Nawroz Mangal, no run

8.3

Karn to Nawroz Mangal, SIX, leg-stump half-volley, Nawroz decides to send it over the long-on boundary

8.4

Karn to Nawroz Mangal, no run

8.5

Karn to Nawroz Mangal, no run

8.6

Karn to Nawroz Mangal, no run, pitched up, driven fimly, the fielder at mid-on close in gets down well

End of over 9 (6 runs) Afghanistan 44/1
Nawroz Mangal    17* (24b 1x4 1x6)      A Karn    5-1-21-1
Samiullah Shenwari    3* (4b)      C Sawad    4-0-22-0

9.1

Sawad to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

9.2

Sawad to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

9.3

Sawad to Samiullah Shenwari, OUT, climbs off a length, Shenwari plays away from his body, cut shot attempted, nick to the 'keeper. Sawad gets some reward for a good spell

Samiullah Shenwari run out 33 (42m 64b 2x4 0x6) SR: 51.56

The Afghan experiment to bring Sami Shenwari up the order hasn't come off. He's better at being a late-innings hustler and bustler

9.4

Sawad to Karim Sadiq, no run

9.5

Sawad to Karim Sadiq, no run

9.6

Sawad to Karim Sadiq, no run, terrific effort from the bowler. Has gained a yard since the start of the season and looks a fine prospect.

Sagar from Germany: "Cricinfo has become like a new tv channel."

End of over 10 (wicket maiden) Afghanistan 44/2
Karim Sadiq    0* (3b)      C Sawad    5-1-22-1
Nawroz Mangal    17* (24b 1x4 1x6)      A Karn    5-1-21-1

Paras Khadka, nursing a troubled shoulder, from the Cathedral End now, in place of Avinash Karn

10.1

Khadka to Nawroz Mangal, no run, 2/3 the pace of his normal deliveries, defended

10.2

Khadka to Nawroz Mangal, no run

10.3

Khadka to Nawroz Mangal, no run

10.4

Khadka to Nawroz Mangal, no run, Paras getting progressively quicker and no, we don't know how quick he is exactly because we don't have a speed gun. And as any coach will tell you, it's not just pace, it's accuracy and movement that trouble batsmen most.

10.5

Khadka to Nawroz Mangal, no run

10.6

Khadka to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, turned to leg to prevent the maiden

End of over 11 (1 run) Afghanistan 45/2
Nawroz Mangal    18* (30b 1x4 1x6)      P Khadka    1-0-1-0
Karim Sadiq    0* (3b)      C Sawad    5-1-22-1

Chandra Sawad keeping going, good stamina from the young man

11.1

Sawad to Nawroz Mangal, no run, defended from a length

11.2

Sawad to Nawroz Mangal, no run

11.3

Sawad to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, tapped to point, amble a single

11.4

Sawad to Karim Sadiq, no run, tinny sound off the bat, takes the toe end of an attempted drive. Bowler fields

11.5

Sawad to Karim Sadiq, no run, trying to work the ball away to midwicket as a default stroke option, misses out again

11.6

Sawad to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, length ball, worked off leg to mid-on

End of over 12 (2 runs) Afghanistan 47/2
Karim Sadiq    1* (6b)      C Sawad    6-1-24-1
Nawroz Mangal    19* (33b 1x4 1x6)      P Khadka    1-0-1-0

12.1

Khadka to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

12.2

Khadka to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run

12.3

Khadka to Karim Sadiq, no run

12.4

Khadka to Karim Sadiq, no run

12.5

Khadka to Karim Sadiq, no run

12.6

Khadka to Karim Sadiq, no run

End of over 13 (2 runs) Afghanistan 49/2
Karim Sadiq    2* (11b)      P Khadka    2-0-3-0
Nawroz Mangal    20* (33b 1x4 1x6)      C Sawad    6-1-24-1

Basant Regmi's slow left arm from the Club End, after fine work with the new ball from Chandra Sawad

13.1

Regmi to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, Never boring with Karim. Goes for an almighty slog-sweep, slips while playing the stroke so ball doesn't go too far, down on his knees, back leg just misses the wicket and in the end, picks himself up for a single

13.2

Regmi to Karim Sadiq, no run

13.3

Regmi to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

13.4

Regmi to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run

13.5

Regmi to Karim Sadiq, no run

13.6

Regmi to Karim Sadiq, no run, goes back to cut, misses, bit of turn and bounce outside off

sandesh: "Afghanistan v Nepal rivalry is like india vs pakistan outside the test world."

End of over 14 (3 runs) Afghanistan 52/2
Karim Sadiq    3* (15b)      B Regmi    1-0-3-0
Nawroz Mangal    22* (35b 1x4 1x6)      P Khadka    2-0-3-0

14.1

Khadka to Nawroz Mangal, 2 runs, pitched up, bit of width, driven hard, cover gets a hand on it

14.2

Khadka to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, driven along the ground to long-on

14.3

Khadka to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, short, outside off, sits up for the pull to long-on

14.4

Khadka to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, back of a length and just timed off the back foot to mid-on

14.5

Khadka to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, pitched up and Karim just pushes it past the bowler

14.6

Khadka to Nawroz Mangal, no run, trampoline bounce to end the over, sails above the attempted cut

End of over 15 (6 runs) Afghanistan 58/2
Nawroz Mangal    26* (39b 1x4 1x6)      P Khadka    3-0-9-0
Karim Sadiq    5* (17b)      B Regmi    1-0-3-0

15.1

Regmi to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, Crazy Karim! Takes a suicide single to a misfield at mid-on, ball goes to the bowler Basant who shies and misses

15.2

Regmi to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, swept to fine leg

15.3

Regmi to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, Karim, Karim, never a dull moment, leading edge trisects the fielders on the off-side

15.4

Regmi to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, slashed hard, past slip

15.5

Regmi to Karim Sadiq, no run

15.6

Regmi to Karim Sadiq, OUT, overbalances and good work by Subash Khakurel

Karim Sadiq st †Khakurel b Regmi 7 (27m 21b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Grip and turn there for Basant, he and Shakti Gauchan licking their fingers as well as taking drinks

End of over 16 (4 runs) Afghanistan 62/3
     B Regmi    2-0-7-1
Nawroz Mangal    28* (41b 1x4 1x6)      P Khadka    3-0-9-0

Change all around here, Shakti Gauchan SLA comes on at the Club End in place of Paras Khadka and Mohibullah is the new bat

16.1

Gauchan to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, driven to long-off

16.2

Gauchan to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run, played back to the bowler

16.3

Gauchan to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run, pushed to cover

16.4

Gauchan to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run, driven on the front-foot to midwicket

16.5

Gauchan to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run, everything off the middle, but with no power so far

16.6

Gauchan to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run, pushed back to the bowler

Looks at this stage as if 220 will be a good score, wicket is slow and taking spin

End of over 17 (1 run) Afghanistan 63/3
Mohibullah Oryakhel    0* (5b)      SP Gauchan    1-0-1-0
Nawroz Mangal    29* (42b 1x4 1x6)      B Regmi    2-0-7-1

17.1

Regmi to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, Finger-tipped by Malla! Good effort to the Mangal drive, half a chance

17.2

Regmi to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run

17.3

Regmi to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run

17.4

Regmi to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run, a little shorter, and clipped to backward point

17.5

Regmi to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run, Basant just floated that one, Mohib had to wait for it. Checked his drive.

17.6

Regmi to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run

Three tight overs in a row by Nepal. The game is building!

End of over 18 (1 run) Afghanistan 64/3
Mohibullah Oryakhel    0* (10b)      B Regmi    3-0-8-1
Nawroz Mangal    30* (43b 1x4 1x6)      SP Gauchan    1-0-1-0

18.1

Gauchan to Nawroz Mangal, no run, played to cover

18.2

Gauchan to Nawroz Mangal, no run, shorter delivery, turned to short midwicket

18.3

Gauchan to Nawroz Mangal, no run, defended on the front-foot

18.4

Gauchan to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, flatter delivery, cut to point

18.5

Gauchan to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run, defended

18.6

Gauchan to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run, Mohib gets hold of an attempted cut but it goes straight to the fielder and the batsman slaps his thigh in frustration

End of over 19 (1 run) Afghanistan 65/3
Mohibullah Oryakhel    0* (12b)      SP Gauchan    2-0-2-0
Nawroz Mangal    31* (47b 1x4 1x6)      B Regmi    3-0-8-1

19.1

Regmi to Nawroz Mangal, no run, forward to defend, spin on the ball takes it to backward point

19.2

Regmi to Nawroz Mangal, OUT, big wicket, and "Mangal has lost his patience" says Sanjay Murari the scorer, beside me. Nawroz tries to go big, but doesn't get to the pitch and long-off takes an easy catch running in

Nawroz Mangal c Sawad b Regmi 31 (84m 49b 1x4 1x6) SR: 63.26

19.3

Regmi to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run

19.4

Regmi to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run, off the mark, it took 14 balls, with a drive to long-off

19.5

Regmi to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run

19.6

Regmi to Mohibullah Oryakhel, 1 run

There are plenty of fine batsmen in Associate cricket, Asghar Stanikzai is one of the best of them, a batsman of languid elegance.

End of over 20 (1 run) Afghanistan 66/4
Mohibullah Oryakhel    1* (16b)      B Regmi    4-0-9-2
Asghar Stanikzai    0* (0b)      SP Gauchan    2-0-2-0

20.1

Gauchan to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run

20.2

Gauchan to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run

20.3

Gauchan to Mohibullah Oryakhel, 1 run, short and pulled to midwicket

20.4

Gauchan to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, driven hard, bowler fields to his left

20.5

Gauchan to Asghar Stanikzai, no run

20.6

Gauchan to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, defends to cover on the front foot

End of over 21 (1 run) Afghanistan 67/4
Asghar Stanikzai    0* (3b)      SP Gauchan    3-0-3-0
Mohibullah Oryakhel    2* (19b)      B Regmi    4-0-9-2

Slip in place for Basant, two on the leg-side swat. A 5-4 field

21.1

Regmi to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run, outside off, left alone

21.2

Regmi to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run, driven to point

21.3

Regmi to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run, tapped to point

21.4

Regmi to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run, driven to mid-off

Mid-pitch instructions for Mohib from Asghar

21.5

Regmi to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run, floated up, on off, played down with soft hands, slip and point gather

21.6

Regmi to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run

Ajaya: "Give Mohib a single at the end of every over" Maiden by Basant - doing a good job for his team, sliders and side-spinners with the occasional one that really turns and grips

End of over 22 (maiden) Afghanistan 67/4
Mohibullah Oryakhel    2* (25b)      B Regmi    5-1-9-2
Asghar Stanikzai    0* (3b)      SP Gauchan    3-0-3-0

22.1

Gauchan to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, driven to square leg

Injury to the fielder on the leg-side, a break in play while he receives treatment. The medic joins the physio and it looks like a knee problem for Chandra Sawad. He's being helped off and is in quite some pain.

22.2

Gauchan to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run

22.3

Gauchan to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run

Run-rate slipping to barely over 3 an over

22.4

Gauchan to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run, short and wide but cut straight to cover point

22.5

Gauchan to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run

22.6

Gauchan to Mohibullah Oryakhel, 1 run, driven to wide long-off

End of over 23 (2 runs) Afghanistan 69/4
Mohibullah Oryakhel    3* (30b)      SP Gauchan    4-0-5-0
Asghar Stanikzai    1* (4b)      B Regmi    5-1-9-2

23.1

Regmi to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run, cut to point

23.2

Regmi to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run, turn beats the outside edge!

23.3

Regmi to Mohibullah Oryakhel, no run, watchfully forward in defense

23.4

Regmi to Mohibullah Oryakhel, OUT, patience goes. Big slash drive and the outside edge is pouched chest high by Paras at slip

Mohibullah Oryakhel c Khadka b Regmi 3 (29m 34b 0x4 0x6) SR: 8.82

23.5

Regmi to Mohammad Nabi, 2 runs, turn and bounce and the cut shot goes off the edge but safe

23.6

Regmi to Mohammad Nabi, no run, forward to scotch the spin

Much rests on Nabi, his duel with the spinners will be a fascinating one

End of over 24 (2 runs) Afghanistan 71/5
Mohammad Nabi    2* (2b)      B Regmi    6-1-11-3
Asghar Stanikzai    1* (4b)      SP Gauchan    4-0-5-0

24.1

Gauchan to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, quick single to leg. We are in for some class cricket: two fine bats against two fine spinners on a wicket that is gripping

24.2

Gauchan to Mohammad Nabi, no run

24.3

Gauchan to Mohammad Nabi, no run, defended to leg

24.4

Gauchan to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, forward to play a walking push to mid-on

24.5

Gauchan to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, pushed firmly to cover

24.6

Gauchan to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, played back down the wicket

End of over 25 (2 runs) Afghanistan 73/5
Asghar Stanikzai    2* (7b)      SP Gauchan    5-0-7-0
Mohammad Nabi    3* (5b)      B Regmi    6-1-11-3

25.1

Regmi to Mohammad Nabi, no run, defended

25.2

Regmi to Mohammad Nabi, no run, scoots through, under the attempted cut

Binod Simkhada: "Every single second of being awake at night is worth it for a match like this. I am loving it."

25.3

Regmi to Mohammad Nabi, no run, struck firmly and Malla dives to his right to save the run. A big save in this tight situation

25.4

Regmi to Mohammad Nabi, no run

25.5

Regmi to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, short and Nabi leans back to hammer a flat-batted drive through cover. Afghanistan's first boundary since the 9th over

25.6

Regmi to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, Slammed straight, on the front foot to long-off. Like the London buses, none for ages and then two in a row

End of over 26 (8 runs) Afghanistan 81/5
Mohammad Nabi    11* (11b 2x4)      B Regmi    7-1-19-3
Asghar Stanikzai    2* (7b)      SP Gauchan    5-0-7-0

26.1

Gauchan to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, clipped to leg

26.2

Gauchan to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run

26.3

Gauchan to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, quick single to cover

26.4

Gauchan to Mohammad Nabi, no run

26.5

Gauchan to Mohammad Nabi, no run, defended down the wicket

26.6

Gauchan to Mohammad Nabi, no run, turned to leg, looking for a single, sent back

End of over 27 (3 runs) Afghanistan 84/5
Mohammad Nabi    12* (15b 2x4)      SP Gauchan    6-0-10-0
Asghar Stanikzai    4* (9b)      B Regmi    7-1-19-3

27.1

Regmi to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, tossed up, temptingly, batsman resists

27.2

Regmi to Asghar Stanikzai, no run

27.3

Regmi to Asghar Stanikzai, no run

27.4

Regmi to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, switch hit, top-edges the sweep, goes over the heads of slip and 'keeper

27.5

Regmi to Mohammad Nabi, no run

27.6

Regmi to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, short-arm jabbed to midwicket, stroke of some power

End of over 28 (5 runs) Afghanistan 89/5
Mohammad Nabi    16* (17b 3x4)      B Regmi    8-1-24-3
Asghar Stanikzai    5* (13b)      SP Gauchan    6-0-10-0

28.1

Gauchan to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, Asghar has to scurry

28.2

Gauchan to Mohammad Nabi, no run

28.3

Gauchan to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, driven into the off-side gap. Nabi looking authoritative against the spin up to now

28.4

Gauchan to Asghar Stanikzai, no run

28.5

Gauchan to Asghar Stanikzai, FOUR, not the most graceful of sweepers is Asghar! Loses his balance but gets enough bat on ball to send it rapidly away to backward square

28.6

Gauchan to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 29 (6 runs) Afghanistan 95/5
Asghar Stanikzai    10* (17b 1x4)      SP Gauchan    7-0-16-0
Mohammad Nabi    17* (19b 3x4)      B Regmi    8-1-24-3

29.1

Sagar Pun to Mohammad Nabi, OUT, Nabi goes! Just tried to intimidate the new bowler first up but edges the attempted drive and the 'keeper collects with delight

Mohammad Nabi c †Khakurel b Sagar Pun 17 (20m 20b 3x4 0x6) SR: 85.00

Dawlat Zadran has pretensions to all-rounder status

29.2

Sagar Pun to Dawlat Zadran, no run, left alone outside off, ball spinning in

29.3

Sagar Pun to Dawlat Zadran, no run, defended

29.4

Sagar Pun to Dawlat Zadran, no run, big drive attempted over cover, gets a thick outside edge and backward point gathers

29.5

Sagar Pun to Dawlat Zadran, no run, full outside off, tries a cover drive, beaten

29.6

Sagar Pun to Dawlat Zadran, no run, pushed back to the bowler

Sagar Pun not a front-line spinner but he's done the trick for his team. Timely change by his captain as Nabi seemed to have the measure of Basant Regmi

End of over 30 (wicket maiden) Afghanistan 95/6
Dawlat Zadran    0* (5b)      Sagar Pun    1-1-0-1
Asghar Stanikzai    10* (17b 1x4)      SP Gauchan    7-0-16-0

30.1

Gauchan to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, soft hands and quick run

30.2

Gauchan to Dawlat Zadran, no run, forward in defense

30.3

Gauchan to Dawlat Zadran, no run

30.4

Gauchan to Dawlat Zadran, no run, played off his legs to short midwicket

30.5

Gauchan to Dawlat Zadran, no run, defended back to the bowler

30.6

Gauchan to Dawlat Zadran, no run

End of over 31 (1 run) Afghanistan 96/6
Dawlat Zadran    0* (10b)      SP Gauchan    8-0-17-0
Asghar Stanikzai    11* (18b 1x4)      Sagar Pun    1-1-0-1

Still no Batting Powerplay taken

31.1

Sagar Pun to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, tossed right up, defended

31.2

Sagar Pun to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, good fielding by the bowler to save a run

31.3

Sagar Pun to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, defended

Sagar has one man on cow-corner and another on the square leg boundary

31.4

Sagar Pun to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, played to mid-on

31.5

Sagar Pun to Dawlat Zadran, 2 runs, leans back to drive, cover runs back

31.6

Sagar Pun to Dawlat Zadran, no run, defended

End of over 32 (3 runs) Afghanistan 99/6
Dawlat Zadran    2* (12b)      Sagar Pun    2-1-3-1
Asghar Stanikzai    12* (22b 1x4)      SP Gauchan    8-0-17-0

Sharad Vesawkar another off-spinner on. not a regular bowler but conditions are in his favour

32.1

Vesawkar to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, driven to long-on

32.2

Vesawkar to Dawlat Zadran, no run, played back to the bowler

32.3

Vesawkar to Dawlat Zadran, 1 run, short and wide, played a little awkwardly to long-off

32.4

Vesawkar to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, pushed to the bowler's left

32.5

Vesawkar to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, played back to the bowler

32.6

Vesawkar to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, short and wide, thick outside edge to short third man

End of over 33 (2 runs) Afghanistan 101/6
Asghar Stanikzai    13* (26b 1x4)      S Vesawkar    1-0-2-0
Dawlat Zadran    3* (14b)      Sagar Pun    2-1-3-1

33.1

Sagar Pun to Dawlat Zadran, no run, defended

33.2

Sagar Pun to Dawlat Zadran, 1 run, thick inside edge from an attempted drive

33.3

Sagar Pun to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, driven to mid-on

33.4

Sagar Pun to Dawlat Zadran, 1 run, in the air for a while, deep midwicket fields

33.5

Sagar Pun to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, driven along the ground to long-on

33.6

Sagar Pun to Dawlat Zadran, no run, comes forward to drive, beaten outside off

End of over 34 (4 runs) Afghanistan 105/6
Dawlat Zadran    5* (18b)      Sagar Pun    3-1-7-1
Asghar Stanikzai    15* (28b 1x4)      S Vesawkar    1-0-2-0

200 will be a good score on this wicket but it looks like we're in for a low-scoring thriller. Already about 50 Nepal fabs are making themselves known to us at the historic and picturesque Singapore Cricket Club

34.1

Vesawkar to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, played to mid-off

34.2

Vesawkar to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, defended

34.3

Vesawkar to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, skews off the top-edge as a cut stroke of sort is attempted, just evades the off-side fielder

34.4

Vesawkar to Dawlat Zadran, no run

34.5

Vesawkar to Dawlat Zadran, no run

34.6

Vesawkar to Dawlat Zadran, no run

End of over 35 (1 run) Afghanistan 106/6
Dawlat Zadran    5* (21b)      S Vesawkar    2-0-3-0
Asghar Stanikzai    16* (31b 1x4)      Sagar Pun    3-1-7-1

35.1

Sagar Pun to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, driven along the ground to long-on

35.2

Sagar Pun to Dawlat Zadran, 1 run, genuine bat-pad but no one's there

35.3

Sagar Pun to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, blocked back

35.4

Sagar Pun to Asghar Stanikzai, no run

35.5

Sagar Pun to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, pitched right up, Asghar sees it earlier and shimmies down but can't manufacture any timing on the drive

35.6

Sagar Pun to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, driven to wide mid-off to pinch the strike

Anil Katwal: "It's a Typical Nepal vs Afghan Game. Tight and thrilling like Indo-Pak."

End of over 36 (3 runs) Afghanistan 109/6
Asghar Stanikzai    18* (36b 1x4)      Sagar Pun    4-1-10-1
Dawlat Zadran    6* (22b)      S Vesawkar    2-0-3-0

36.1

Vesawkar to Asghar Stanikzai, no run

36.2

Vesawkar to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, tip-and-run to leg, had to hurry to beat the underaem throw

36.3

Vesawkar to Dawlat Zadran, 1 run

36.4

Vesawkar to Asghar Stanikzai, no run

36.5

Vesawkar to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 wide

36.5

Vesawkar to Asghar Stanikzai, 2 runs, defended back to the bowler. Nepal racing through the overs while Afghanistan are regrouping

Rishav Sharma: "Afghan vs Nepal. The Asian El Classico. Rivals forever."

36.6

Vesawkar to Asghar Stanikzai, no run

Sudarsan Pathak: "Looking at the match scenario I just feel like flying to Singapore right away and wave the national flag in support of the players. Go Nepal Go" And as an added incentive Sudarshan, admission is free to all the matches

End of over 37 (5 runs) Afghanistan 114/6
Asghar Stanikzai    21* (41b 1x4)      S Vesawkar    3-0-8-0
Dawlat Zadran    7* (23b)      Sagar Pun    4-1-10-1

37.1

Regmi to Dawlat Zadran, no run

37.2

Regmi to Dawlat Zadran, FOUR, Basant just drops short once in a while and even a lower middle-order batsman isn't going to miss out, cut hard in front of square

37.3

Regmi to Dawlat Zadran, no run

37.4

Regmi to Dawlat Zadran, OUT, through the gate, middle and leg knocked back

Dawlat Zadran b Regmi 11 (32m 27b 1x4 0x6) SR: 40.74

And Gulbadin Naib is in. He always seems to come in a couple of places too low in the order!

37.5

Regmi to Gulbadin Naib, no run, defended

37.6

Regmi to Gulbadin Naib, no run

End of over 38 (4 runs) Afghanistan 118/7
Gulbadin Naib    0* (2b)      B Regmi    9-1-28-4
Asghar Stanikzai    21* (41b 1x4)      S Vesawkar    3-0-8-0

38.1

Vesawkar to Asghar Stanikzai, no run

38.2

Vesawkar to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run

38.3

Vesawkar to Gulbadin Naib, no run

38.4

Vesawkar to Gulbadin Naib, no run

38.5

Vesawkar to Gulbadin Naib, no run

38.6

Vesawkar to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run

End of over 39 (2 runs) Afghanistan 120/7
Gulbadin Naib    1* (6b)      S Vesawkar    4-0-10-0
Asghar Stanikzai    22* (43b 1x4)      B Regmi    9-1-28-4

39.1

Sagar Pun to Gulbadin Naib, no run, played to midwicket for no run off the back foot

39.2

Sagar Pun to Gulbadin Naib, no run, ditto

39.3

Sagar Pun to Gulbadin Naib, no run, defended

39.4

Sagar Pun to Gulbadin Naib, no run, played forcefully to mid-on, no run possible

39.5

Sagar Pun to Gulbadin Naib, no run

39.6

Sagar Pun to Gulbadin Naib, FOUR, Sagar puts in an effort ball, faster and flatter, you could hear his grunt from the boundary, and the thump of Asghar's bat too, hammered to long-on for a two-bounce boundary

Powerplay completed

End of over 40 (4 runs) Afghanistan 124/7
Gulbadin Naib    5* (12b 1x4)      Sagar Pun    5-1-14-1
Asghar Stanikzai    22* (43b 1x4)      S Vesawkar    4-0-10-0

The math is easy from now on - ten overs to go to set a challenging score. Either way, whatever happens its going to be close. This is a bowler's wicket today

40.1

Vesawkar to Asghar Stanikzai, no run

40.2

Vesawkar to Asghar Stanikzai, no run

40.3

Vesawkar to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run

40.4

Vesawkar to Gulbadin Naib, no run

40.5

Vesawkar to Gulbadin Naib, no run

40.6

Vesawkar to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, drops short, played to cover. Sharad has been doing a pretty consistent job for his team nevertheless

End of over 41 (2 runs) Afghanistan 126/7
Gulbadin Naib    6* (15b 1x4)      S Vesawkar    5-0-12-0
Asghar Stanikzai    23* (46b 1x4)      Sagar Pun    5-1-14-1

41.1

Sagar Pun to Gulbadin Naib, no run, timing it well, but finding the fielder

41.2

Sagar Pun to Gulbadin Naib, no run, turned off his legs to midwicket

41.3

Sagar Pun to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, driven hard, long-on runs round

41.4

Sagar Pun to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, good stroke, driven off the front foot. Prthu down to his right to field well and takes a bit of a knock in doing so

41.5

Sagar Pun to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, under-edged sweep goes fine

41.6

Sagar Pun to Gulbadin Naib, no run, pitched up, driven to cover, Asghar keeping his powder dry

End of over 42 (2 runs) Afghanistan 128/7
Gulbadin Naib    7* (19b 1x4)      Sagar Pun    6-1-16-1
Asghar Stanikzai    24* (48b 1x4)      S Vesawkar    5-0-12-0

42.1

Vesawkar to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, defended

42.2

Vesawkar to Asghar Stanikzai, 2 runs, short and hammered hard to midwicket, good throw comes in from the boundary

42.3

Vesawkar to Asghar Stanikzai, no run

42.4

Vesawkar to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, unusually, Asghar stays on knees while playing a sweep

42.5

Vesawkar to Gulbadin Naib, no run

42.6

Vesawkar to Gulbadin Naib, 2 runs, has been trying a late cut for a while, finally gets bat on ball

End of over 43 (5 runs) Afghanistan 133/7
Gulbadin Naib    9* (21b 1x4)      S Vesawkar    6-0-17-0
Asghar Stanikzai    27* (52b 1x4)      Sagar Pun    6-1-16-1

43.1

Sagar Pun to Asghar Stanikzai, no run

43.2

Sagar Pun to Asghar Stanikzai, FOUR, comes down the track to absolutely flay a drive, hit with such power that it goes through the body of long-off who had almost everything behind the ball. First boundary in 20 deliveries

43.3

Sagar Pun to Asghar Stanikzai, no run

round the wicket now

43.4

Sagar Pun to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 wide

43.4

Sagar Pun to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, cuts it late

43.5

Sagar Pun to Gulbadin Naib, 2 runs, overbalances on the sweep again, fetching a ball from outside off, hurries back for the second

43.6

Sagar Pun to Gulbadin Naib, no run, beaten outside off by a, slow, high, length delivery, groans in anguish does the batsman

End of over 44 (8 runs) Afghanistan 141/7
Gulbadin Naib    11* (23b 1x4)      Sagar Pun    7-1-24-1
Asghar Stanikzai    32* (56b 2x4)      S Vesawkar    6-0-17-0

Shakti Gauchan back on

44.1

Gauchan to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, left alone outside off

44.2

Gauchan to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, walks down the wicket to defend

44.3

Gauchan to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, drives, doesn't beat the field

44.4

Gauchan to Asghar Stanikzai, no run

44.5

Gauchan to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, gives him the charge, fired in flatter, ends up trying to cut a wide half-volley

44.6

Gauchan to Asghar Stanikzai, no run

180's going to be a good score now. And will even take some getting

End of over 45 (maiden) Afghanistan 141/7
Asghar Stanikzai    32* (62b 2x4)      SP Gauchan    9-1-17-0
Gulbadin Naib    11* (23b 1x4)      Sagar Pun    7-1-24-1

45.1

Sagar Pun to Gulbadin Naib, FOUR, Driven hard and through the legs of Basant Regmi at long-on

45.2

Sagar Pun to Gulbadin Naib, no run, driven straight to cover

45.3

Sagar Pun to Gulbadin Naib, no run, tossed up. Temptation declined

45.4

Sagar Pun to Gulbadin Naib, no run, bowler fields the drive

45.5

Sagar Pun to Gulbadin Naib, 2 byes

45.6

Sagar Pun to Gulbadin Naib, no run, gives a ball outside off everything. leans back in doing so, only air is moved

Khushal Safi: "Afghanistan and Nepal have always played pretty good cricket with each other. Both teams have got plenty of fan support. As an Afghan I hope Nepal gets ODI status, so that there would more matches between these two."

End of over 46 (6 runs) Afghanistan 147/7
Gulbadin Naib    15* (29b 2x4)      Sagar Pun    8-1-28-1
Asghar Stanikzai    32* (62b 2x4)      SP Gauchan    9-1-17-0

46.1

Gauchan to Asghar Stanikzai, no run

46.2

Gauchan to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, cut hard and Sagar Pun at point does very well to save a boundary one-handed, no one was behind him

46.3

Gauchan to Gulbadin Naib, no run

46.4

Gauchan to Gulbadin Naib, OUT, Gyanendra - what a fielder! Threw to the bowler from midwicket, Gulbadin felt there was a run, ,Asghar the non-striker, tuning back, has to go

Asghar Stanikzai c †Khakurel b Sawad 3 (12m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

46.5

Gauchan to Gulbadin Naib, no run

46.6

Gauchan to Gulbadin Naib, no run

End of over 47 (1 run) Afghanistan 148/8
Gulbadin Naib    15* (33b 2x4)      SP Gauchan    10-1-18-0
Hamid Hassan    0* (0b)      Sagar Pun    8-1-28-1

Sagar Pun being kept on, Nepal missing 4 overs from the injured Chandra Sawad, who hurt his knee while fielding

47.1

Sagar Pun to Hamid Hassan, 1 run, cut to backward point

47.2

Sagar Pun to Gulbadin Naib, no run

47.3

Sagar Pun to Gulbadin Naib, FOUR, top stroke, effortless drive that literally lands two inches in front of the rope at long-on

47.4

Sagar Pun to Gulbadin Naib, no run, tries to sweep, on one knee, misses

47.5

Sagar Pun to Gulbadin Naib, SIX, Cows it five yards over the midwicket boundary, just the second six of the innings

47.6

Sagar Pun to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, pulled in front of square

End of over 48 (12 runs) Afghanistan 160/8
Gulbadin Naib    26* (38b 3x4 1x6)      Sagar Pun    9-1-40-1
Hamid Hassan    1* (1b)      SP Gauchan    10-1-18-0

Basant Regmi changes ends, Cathedral End now

48.1

Regmi to Gulbadin Naib, no run, drops short, Gulbadin can't beat the field with the back-foot drive

48.2

Regmi to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, cut to point, Hamid hurries through

48.3

Regmi to Hamid Hassan, no run, full-length, played back to the bowler

48.4

Regmi to Hamid Hassan, no run, if he'd hit the ball, it would have gone over the Cathedral, only air molecules disturbed that time

48.5

Regmi to Hamid Hassan, 2 runs, picks his spot to loft over the infield

48.6

Regmi to Hamid Hassan, OUT, Basant picks up his fifth with his last delivery of the day, the attempted drive hanging in the air a long time before mid-on running back gathered.

Hamid Hassan c Gauchan b Regmi 3 (11m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

beenod: "Must thank Khushal Safi for his nice words. In Nepal also Afg Vs Nepal match always is a crowd puller & we people are really appreciative of what Afg has achieved in int'l arena in quick time!"

End of over 49 (3 runs) Afghanistan 163/9
     B Regmi    10-1-31-5
Gulbadin Naib    27* (40b 3x4 1x6)      Sagar Pun    9-1-40-1

49.1

Karn to Gulbadin Naib, no run, through Gulbadin! Fast delivery outside off

49.2

Karn to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, driven hard to long-off, looking for two but no chance

49.3

Karn to Hamza Hotak, 1 run, desperate to give the strike to Gulbadin, risks a run-out

49.4

Karn to Gulbadin Naib, 2 runs, wide, outside off, skews high off the bat to wide third-man

49.5

Karn to Gulbadin Naib, 1 leg bye

49.6

Karn to Hamza Hotak, 1 run, gloves it to point to end the innings.

Match State: Innings Break It's been a tough battle for the batsmen, put in on a bit of a proverbial sticky wicket, the ball wasn't coming on the bat at all making timing extremely difficult. Chandra Sawad and Avinash Karn bowled exceptionally well for Nepal early on, troubling all the batsmen but it was the spinners who had the best of it, bowling 35 overs for just 106 runs. Afghanistan will be disappointed with their 169 but they have the bowlers to defend it and all that we can say at this stage is that we expect it to be a very close affair. Thanks for being with us so far, join us again in 45 minutes for the Nepal innings.

End of over 50 (6 runs) Afghanistan 169/9
Hamza Hotak    2* (2b)      A Karn    6-0-26-1
Gulbadin Naib    30* (44b 3x4 1x6)      B Regmi    10-1-31-5
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