ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier Group B November 15, 2013

Nepal, Netherlands start with wins

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Netherlands 92 for 3 (Borren 38*) beat Afghanistan 90 (Bukhari 2-7) by seven wickets
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Afghanistan, the favourites to win Group B at the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, suffered a comprehensive defeat to their closest rivals, Netherlands, who romped home with seven wickets and 43 balls to spare. Having won the toss and decided to bat, only two Afghanistan players - Mohammad Shahzad and Najibullah Zadran - made it into double figures in a meagre total of 90. None of the Netherlands bowlers conceded more than 5.50 runs an over, with Mudassar Bukhari, Paul van Meekeren, Pieter Seelaar and Ahsan Malik all claiming two wickets. Captain Peter Borren then thrashed 38 from 15 balls after two wickets for Mohammad Nabi had briefly checked the run chase.

PNG 177 for 6 (Pala 46, Jones 44) beat Kenya 176 for 5 (Obuya 53*) by four wickets
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Geraint Jones' experience helped guide Papua New Guinea to a high-scoring four-wicket victory against troubled Kenya as they chased down 177 with 14 balls to spare. Jones hit 44 off 32 balls, but it was Kila Pala who top-scored with 46 off 30 deliveries as PNG, whose warm-up victory against Ireland now looks less of a fluke, always kept themselves ahead of the rate. Steve Tikolo, drafted back in for this tournament in a desperate measure by Kenya, opened the bowling and conceded 28 off two overs as the PNG openers cut loose during the Powerplay. Although they both fell inside the first six overs, PNG did not let the momentum go to waste. Tikolo had earlier produced his own hard-hitting display with a rapid 38 and Collins Obuya's unbeaten 53 set up what appeared a commanding total, but Kenya's bowling proved well below what was required.

Nepal 80 for 5 (Khadka 48) beat Denmark 79 (Pun 3-12, Regmi 2-8) by five wickets
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Nepal began their campaign with a huge victory over Denmark, but they will be concerned that they lost five wickets in the chase of a low target, and had to depend on their captain Paras Khadka. Nepal's bowlers shot out Denmark for 79 in 19.4 overs, with Sagar Pun taking 3 for 12 and Basant Regmi 2 for 8. Only three Denmark batsmen made it into double figures. Nepal's chase got off to a horrific start though, with two wickets falling before they had scored. Khadka then dominated a 67-run partnership for the third wicket by scoring 48 off 34 balls. After he was dismissed, Nepal lost two more wickets with the score on 68, before they achieved the target in 13.1 overs.

Bermuda 149 for 7 (Stovell 29, Haq 2-23) beat Scotland 131 (Coetzer 37, Robinson 3-8, Tucker 3-22) by 18 runs
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A collection of nugget-sized scores from Bermuda's batsmen allowed them to post 149, after which Janeiro Tucker and Jacobi Robinson took three wickets each to sink Scotland. Bermuda lost wickets regularly after choosing to bat, and only three batsmen made it past 20. Opener Dion Stovell top scored with 29, and Lionel Cann contributed 27. Scotland were comfortably placed in their chase, with three of their top four batsmen getting starts and passing 25, but the rest of their batting line-up fell away tamely. From 109 for 3 in the 15th over, Scotland were eventually dismissed for 131 in 19.5 overs, with Tucker and Robinson doing all the damage.

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  • on November 18, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    Nepal will win this match i love Nepal cricket

  • on November 17, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    i love my Afghanistan cricket team ,its clear for all we will be qualify for world cup t20 because we are the winner

  • on November 16, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Well played teal Nepal. We all are proud of you guys but opener batsman need to be more practical and need to play better form. JAY NEPAL and JAY NEPALI CRICKET

  • BadalSunilKumar on November 16, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    Lose or Win we love nepal and nepali cricket........ we love our captain....... we love our team... we are peoud that we are nepali.... hope this time we ll be in world t20

  • on November 16, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    That i said yesterday, Look Nepali batsmen chase 182 against Kenya......

  • on November 16, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Congrats lads job done, Nepal now is not only a bowling team it bats as well.. no one can stop us from world cup.

  • naresh306985 on November 16, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    u r right mr.Ganesh adhikari , even me from NEPAL........ cheering for my country... and i m sure that time our NEPALI TEAM will not b make us unhappy ..... they r playing well together as a team work and working so hard to b proud of our NATION..... come on ..... NEPAL come on lets make a dream come true ....

    "JAY NEPAL"

  • on November 16, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Best of luck NEPAL... Win win win is all we need.. And we know that the result will be in our favour...

  • on November 16, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Not sure why anyone would be surprised by PNG. Weren't they considered one of the better teams coming into the tournament? I don't see Kenya doing well in this tournament, as they have not performed well since the last World Cup. It's good to see all of the support for Nepal! Hoping against hope for some USA upsets, but I'll be surprised if the pre-tournament favorites don't make it through.

  • madhugaire on November 16, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Its definitely good to hear that Nepal won the match, but the way of winning is not worth praising. if you lose five wickets , two of whom are duck, for such a paktry score , then what will be the case when we are required to chase around 150 . As always Paras has been the credit taker this time too, other players really need to put their best foot forwrd, depending solely on him every now and then iis what frustates supporter...., good luck Nepal for todays game

  • on November 18, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    Nepal will win this match i love Nepal cricket

  • on November 17, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    i love my Afghanistan cricket team ,its clear for all we will be qualify for world cup t20 because we are the winner

  • on November 16, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Well played teal Nepal. We all are proud of you guys but opener batsman need to be more practical and need to play better form. JAY NEPAL and JAY NEPALI CRICKET

  • BadalSunilKumar on November 16, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    Lose or Win we love nepal and nepali cricket........ we love our captain....... we love our team... we are peoud that we are nepali.... hope this time we ll be in world t20

  • on November 16, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    That i said yesterday, Look Nepali batsmen chase 182 against Kenya......

  • on November 16, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Congrats lads job done, Nepal now is not only a bowling team it bats as well.. no one can stop us from world cup.

  • naresh306985 on November 16, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    u r right mr.Ganesh adhikari , even me from NEPAL........ cheering for my country... and i m sure that time our NEPALI TEAM will not b make us unhappy ..... they r playing well together as a team work and working so hard to b proud of our NATION..... come on ..... NEPAL come on lets make a dream come true ....

    "JAY NEPAL"

  • on November 16, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Best of luck NEPAL... Win win win is all we need.. And we know that the result will be in our favour...

  • on November 16, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Not sure why anyone would be surprised by PNG. Weren't they considered one of the better teams coming into the tournament? I don't see Kenya doing well in this tournament, as they have not performed well since the last World Cup. It's good to see all of the support for Nepal! Hoping against hope for some USA upsets, but I'll be surprised if the pre-tournament favorites don't make it through.

  • madhugaire on November 16, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Its definitely good to hear that Nepal won the match, but the way of winning is not worth praising. if you lose five wickets , two of whom are duck, for such a paktry score , then what will be the case when we are required to chase around 150 . As always Paras has been the credit taker this time too, other players really need to put their best foot forwrd, depending solely on him every now and then iis what frustates supporter...., good luck Nepal for todays game

  • Netramani on November 16, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Everyone has its bad day, i m sure that the batting will come up on today's match. Kenya is the most experience team in this tournament but we have defeated them before. Be confidence, have faith, don't just rely on paras, we have some very good batsmen in our brigrade. This time why i feel like we get to see nepal in T20 Worldcup in Bangladesh. COM'ON NEPAL.....prove the world that we are not just good........WE R VERY GOOD.

  • madhugaire on November 16, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    Its definitely good to hear that Nepal won the match, but the way of winning is not worth praising. if you lose five wickets , two of whom are duck, for such a paktry score , then what will be the case when we are required to chase around 150+. As always Paras has been the credit taker this time too, other players really need to put their best foot forwrd, depending solely on him every now and then iis what frustates supporter...., good luck Nepal for todays game

  • beenita on November 16, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    I think if our opening batsman is able to play 6 overs with run rate of 6 per over then we shouldn't have any problem...now we r depending on paras khadka only...come on pradip nd show ur class to world..we want our team at t20 world cup...jay nepal..jay nepali cricket...

  • on November 16, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    great start for the tournament. but win margin is low side although win is win.

  • on November 16, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    Other players should be responsible on their position, not only Paras Khadka...all the bst for Nepali Team..All the bst ..

  • on November 16, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    Batting has always been concern for Nepal. Hope you guys (nepali team) would produce better innings in coming matches. Best of luck guys.

  • on November 15, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    Most of the comments in this post are from Nepalese! !!!!! This shows that how much cricket is popular in Nepal & how important for Nepalese cricket.

  • on November 15, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    Batting dude....batting!!!!...focus on it....just can't rely only on Paras Khadka....all the best for future games.

  • on November 15, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Nepal:Going through difficulties also giving hopes to shine all through challenges ! Captain Paras khadka is always a cheerful name for we all Nepalese :)

  • on November 15, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Nepal have depended a lot on Paras Khadka as far as batting is concerned. We need a few more Khadkas. W have tough teams ahead of us.

  • on November 15, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Guys! be positive . It's a wonderful victory . You tend to lose wickets in t20 no matter how small is the target. Our hero Paras is undoubtedly one of the best batsmen and players of this tournament . I'm sure we will be playing t20 World Cup.

  • on November 15, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Though Nepal lost 2 early wickets and as a whole 5 wickets to achieve an easy target of 80 runs,, may be our batsmen went to over confidence mode.. good thing is that Nepal won the match before 41 balls to be spared in spite of taking pressure and playing dot balls so it is good sign all the way,, I m happy with the performance of our players.. and for tomorrows game vs Kenya we should be more careful. All The Best Team Nepal

  • on November 15, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    glad that we still have a paras khadka who does the job more often than not but chasing a modest target we were 5 wickets down, competition is going to be more tougher as the tournament progresses n still it is a qualifier n the main event is going to be a stiff task if we get there..so guys lift ur game atleast for the sake of we fans..go guys play as if there is no tomorrow.. gud luck

  • fr600 on November 15, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    I remember people bragging too much about AFG. Development of cricket takes time. Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, and UAE for example are much more experienced than AFG.

  • on November 15, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Nepal play gud bt ithnk they have improve their batting lines im hpy with todays match.bst of luck Nepal cricket team in future......

  • on November 15, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    ...still a lot to do...come on guyz we can do it...batting sud be improved a lot...and how can i forget PARAS KHADKA....he has always been the king....other batsman must support him #missionworldcup #jay_nepal

  • on November 15, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    paras khadka is a very responsible cricket.. can play any format of this game... he should target english county,ipl and other international tournaments .....

  • on November 15, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Nepalese bat's man really need to work hard as the tournament isn't that easy. And please don't solely depend on Paras. Paras is superstar in Associate world there is no doubt about it but.....there are days when even Sachin fails

  • on November 15, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    come on Nepal u can get it

  • on November 15, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    good luck for rest matches,,

  • Rohit... on November 15, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Best of Luck to all my Nepali Friends.... Sincerely wishing that you qualify for the WC.

  • on November 15, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Hey Nepalese batsman wake up ! Two batsman fall in 0 points, you guys need to improve in batting. stronger teams are ahead pls. play with more confident and feel relax during play, do not depend only on Paras, if he was out like others you were going to beat even for low target. Play well guys, nothing is impossible... God Luck

  • on November 15, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    just hoping batsmen to click on this occassion...which z rare for Nepal....wishing nepal 2b in wc..

  • BK07 on November 15, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Just a sentence, It happens bcz they tried to achieve target as far as possible ........

  • on November 15, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    go on Nepal We nepali fans are always with you

  • BK07 on November 15, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Just a sentence, It happens bcz they tried to achieve target as far as possible ........

  • on November 15, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    guys be positive ..The boys were trying to win the match fast so the runrate could be high..jay nepal

  • kailashimali on November 15, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    Really a great job by Nepali youg playes however need to improvement in batting for comming games.

  • Shakti_PC on November 15, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    I guess Nepalese players felt some pressure as they are now involving in the big tournament. Nepalese team management should consider and share some tips so that they can play freely in the upcoming games.

  • kuikel2 on November 15, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    a win is win but the way we win not so convincing may be batsmen were in hurry to boost runrate. And poor match coverage from cricinfo, disappointed.

  • Anantas11 on November 15, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    Good win to begin with but..team is Over depend on the Paras... Other boys like Gyanentra, Pradeep needs to take more responsibilities...... Gud luck!!

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  • Anantas11 on November 15, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    Good win to begin with but..team is Over depend on the Paras... Other boys like Gyanentra, Pradeep needs to take more responsibilities...... Gud luck!!

  • kuikel2 on November 15, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    a win is win but the way we win not so convincing may be batsmen were in hurry to boost runrate. And poor match coverage from cricinfo, disappointed.

  • Shakti_PC on November 15, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    I guess Nepalese players felt some pressure as they are now involving in the big tournament. Nepalese team management should consider and share some tips so that they can play freely in the upcoming games.

  • kailashimali on November 15, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    Really a great job by Nepali youg playes however need to improvement in batting for comming games.

  • on November 15, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    guys be positive ..The boys were trying to win the match fast so the runrate could be high..jay nepal

  • BK07 on November 15, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Just a sentence, It happens bcz they tried to achieve target as far as possible ........

  • on November 15, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    go on Nepal We nepali fans are always with you

  • BK07 on November 15, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Just a sentence, It happens bcz they tried to achieve target as far as possible ........

  • on November 15, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    just hoping batsmen to click on this occassion...which z rare for Nepal....wishing nepal 2b in wc..

  • on November 15, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Hey Nepalese batsman wake up ! Two batsman fall in 0 points, you guys need to improve in batting. stronger teams are ahead pls. play with more confident and feel relax during play, do not depend only on Paras, if he was out like others you were going to beat even for low target. Play well guys, nothing is impossible... God Luck