Afghanistan v Nepal, World T20, Group A, Chittagong March 20, 2014

Spirited Nepal trip up Afghanistan

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Nepal 141 for 5 (Khakurel 56, Vesawkar 37) beat Afghanistan 132 for 8 (Stanikzai 49, Mukhiya 3-18) by nine runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Nepal have long had an army of fans back home but at this World T20 they have been on a recruitment drive. In their maiden global tournament, they have played with skill and passion, confirming their status as one of the most exciting teams in world cricket's second tier. Even when you consider Ireland's potential progress from Group B, Nepal's performance has been one of the most powerful endorsements of the ICC's decision to expand the competition.

They set another marker at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, beating Afghanistan for the first time in T20s. A 50-over win in the ACC Trophy ten years ago had been their only previous success against a side that has been one of the strongest Associates over the last five years. Afghanistan had come into the tournament hoping to upset a top-level side or two but they will depart knowing that the competition around them has increased.

As ever, inspiration came from Paras Khadka, Nepal's captain. Despite a failure with the bat, he claimed two towering catches, the second diving flat out to remove the dangerous Samiullah Shenwari in the penultimate over, with 27 required. Asghar Stanikzai kept the game alive by hitting fours from the first, second and fourth ball of the final over but, with 10 still needed, he holed out to long-on and Nepal could breathe.

The close nature of the game also means Bangladesh are all but assured of a place in round two; not only would they have to lose to bottom-placed Hong Kong, their run rate would need to drop by a huge 1.753 in order for Nepal to leap over them.

Afghanistan were in trouble by the fifth over, when Jitendra Mukhiya took wickets with consecutive balls to leave them 20 for 3 in pursuit of another Nepal total that was useful rather than intimidating. Karim Sadiq had already been bowled by Sompal Kami and, after Mohammad Shahzad had been caught slogging at third man, the other frontline batsman, Najibullah Zadran, chipped Mukhiya's next ball at chest height to mid-on.

Shafiqullah, who finished the match against Hong Kong in barbarous fashion on Tuesday, took three consecutive fours off Basant Regmi but the spinner had his revenge in the 15th over, leaving Afghanistan 83 for 6.

Nepal's other left-arm tweaker, Shakti Gauchan, claimed two wickets in an over for the second time in the tournament. First, Nawroz Mangal's huge top edge flew into a space between short fine-leg and deep backward square. Khadka sprinted from the ring towards the boundary to take a fine catch over his shoulder. Gauchan's gloriously uninhibited celebration was on display again moments later as he claimed Mohammad Nabi lbw, although the decision looked a little hard on the batsman.

Nepal batted first in all of their three matches and each innings has been delicately crafted with a few obvious flaws. Their batsmen are neat and tidy but lack the power to regularly clear the boundary - or maybe they are just used to the ball flying further in the thin mountain air.

Subash Khakurel, who made the first half-century by a Nepal player at the tournament, absorbed 23 dot balls during his innings but managed to increase the tempo after trading in nudges and dabs early on. His half-century came up off 48 balls with a slice through backward point and included one resourceful scoop for six but he fell trying to go aerial in the penultimate over, bowled by Shapoor Zadran.

That ended a stand worth 76 with Sharad Vesawkar, who struck some meaty bottom-handed strokes, the best of which was a flat crump down the ground that gave long-off no chance. Shapoor then had Vesawkar caught behind top-edging a pull and Nepal again became bogged down at the end. The final two overs of each of their three games have totaled 43 for 8.

Khakurel and Sagar Pun have shown themselves to be nimble runners without quite being able to force enough shots through the infield and once again the batteries on their opening partnership didn't last the Powerplay. Khakurel had survived chipping the ball between mid-off and extra cover, when Nabi inexplicably failed to dive for the chance, but Afghanistan's captain didn't have to exert himself in the following over, when Pun picked him out with an airy drive.

Khakurel crunched consecutive fours off Shapoor Zadran, the second a precise punch straight down the ground, and Gyanendra Malla briefly threatened to play the sort of explosive innings that can decide a game. His first ball was a rapier cover-drive for four and, with Afghanistan stacking the off-side field, he then went over Nabi's head, clearing the fingertips and beating long-off running to his left. A cross-batted pull over mid-on was followed by a delicious ping beyond the rope to the same part of the ground.

Malla's urgency got the better of him when he top-edged a switch hit to short third man. In Nepal's first two games, Khadka had shown poise and good technique to repair early damage but on this occasion, he played an uncharacteristically loose shot, trying to whip an off-stump delivery through midwicket. Mirwais Ashraf, who looks like a pro wrestler, showed some subtle variations to pick up 1 for 14 and he punched the air exuberantly at removing Nepal's talisman - though he was later outdone by Mukhiya's piston fist pump at getting two in two.

As Stanikzai drove Afghanistan close, laying into Kami's final over, a tightly packed corner of the stadium held themselves in suspense. Then came the cheers.

Alan Gardner is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Meety on March 21, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    Great win by Nepal. Really hope this makes the ICC sit up & take notice. == == == Whilst the win was great for Nepal - it does not prove they are btter than Afghanistan. Afghanistan have a far better current crop of players & have real genuine talent coming thru the U19s. Any comparison between the 2 sides based on ONE 20/20 match is rather dumb. I do think that the ICC deserves some kudos for the pathways program & whilst I believe this WC structure (associates battling for places in the main draw) should be in the 50 over WC, this is a good start. I am confident that this could be the start of genuine growth of the game!

  • on March 24, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    Afghanistan will win next time ISNAH ALLAH 1 game can not make the end to our cricket team INSH Allah they will make a come back and a strong come back

  • Ammo666 on March 24, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    AFG lost to Nepal even though AFG fought well against a team of their category but Nepal is definitely much better than this Afg in the field! BD the real minnow has showed the difference between them against the great AFG in that match & that is by a huge margin & a big UPSET!! & this story says they can beat BD anytime anywhere at least after 10 years again;D...!! AFG thought beating once a test nation team BD they have won the World Cup & became world beaters with their greatest players in the world...

  • soundtracks on March 22, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    Time for afghanistan to change 6-7 player out, out with the oldies. bring in guys from U-19- with good pysics and technics. bring also a batting coach.

  • on March 22, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    Take it easy guys it's just a game Afghans are still have a lot to come for three 2015 world cup soon to face the world top teams and they will win it In sha Allah. It shows that the Afghan cricket team have strong effect on all teams and that is why ICC gave right to Afghans to play in the next coming games. You can log in to see the match fixtures in cricinfo.com so plz plz don't get upset it's just a game.

  • on March 21, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Shame! If Afgan team was extraordinary than Nepal, why did it lost the game. Nepal is that team who has no money to buy even a kit apiece. They have defeated afgani with gundruk( cheap diet)powered hands. Well done Nepal.

  • DiwashShrestha on March 21, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    @EdrisEr I think u r being too much of an ultra-nationalist ... come on it's just one game that ur team lost(still more to lose) . u should particularly learn to control your fury boy, also neither is ur team as good as Ireland and other test playing nations... & what do you have to comment on HK winning against BD and AFG lsing by 9 wickets,huh?? ... Don't be such a crybaby, learn from your mistakes fella and.

    &, FYI we don't play crickets in STREET for us to be called Street Cricketers and we've already defeated Namibia and Bermuda in Division3 , Also Nepal is in Division 2 right now(just a few tournaments before getting ODI status).....

    The point is respect the opponent , love ur team and face the defeat Better luck next time for both AFG and Nepal and Cheers for Nepal(for its maiden win against AFG)!! Jai Nepal!!!

  • on March 21, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    @Waheed Shirzay i thank you from my whole heart for your comment. It is not that we don't know how to play cricket because when we started playing cricket you guys were still the kids sneezing and muddy. As far as the crying goes, it is like the hare and tortoise story, you were fast and asleep and we are working out ignoring others things. Don't mistake sweat for crying our friend. Don't go through the history because if you go there please go through the Kenya too. Remember same thing may happen to you guys. As you guys are new to cricket and just went through the results only, let me teach you guys that cricket is never played just for the results, it is how you win the hearts. I don't think Afghanistan cricket will be respected and adored after this T20 WC since all world knew how you people behave to other countries. Cricket is gentle man game and i don't think this suits for the cricket supporters in your country. I don't mean to disrespect you just behave. WE LOVE CRICKET !!!!

  • on March 21, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    nepal rocks.. what matters is how u perform at the time when required.. rest is history.. so guys lets celeberate for the spirit of the game

  • on March 21, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    Nepal have always been great cricketing nation and we just proved it in front of the world. Today's win against Afghan is just demonstration of talents we have. We almost defeated Ireland in recent encounter and everyone knows Ireland is thousand times better than Afghanistan. We will soon play with full members as our cricketing structure is improving day by day. We are happy that we won two matches in the World Cup and like as skipper Paras said, 'Real journey begins from here'.

  • Meety on March 21, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    Great win by Nepal. Really hope this makes the ICC sit up & take notice. == == == Whilst the win was great for Nepal - it does not prove they are btter than Afghanistan. Afghanistan have a far better current crop of players & have real genuine talent coming thru the U19s. Any comparison between the 2 sides based on ONE 20/20 match is rather dumb. I do think that the ICC deserves some kudos for the pathways program & whilst I believe this WC structure (associates battling for places in the main draw) should be in the 50 over WC, this is a good start. I am confident that this could be the start of genuine growth of the game!

  • on March 24, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    Afghanistan will win next time ISNAH ALLAH 1 game can not make the end to our cricket team INSH Allah they will make a come back and a strong come back

  • Ammo666 on March 24, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    AFG lost to Nepal even though AFG fought well against a team of their category but Nepal is definitely much better than this Afg in the field! BD the real minnow has showed the difference between them against the great AFG in that match & that is by a huge margin & a big UPSET!! & this story says they can beat BD anytime anywhere at least after 10 years again;D...!! AFG thought beating once a test nation team BD they have won the World Cup & became world beaters with their greatest players in the world...

  • soundtracks on March 22, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    Time for afghanistan to change 6-7 player out, out with the oldies. bring in guys from U-19- with good pysics and technics. bring also a batting coach.

  • on March 22, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    Take it easy guys it's just a game Afghans are still have a lot to come for three 2015 world cup soon to face the world top teams and they will win it In sha Allah. It shows that the Afghan cricket team have strong effect on all teams and that is why ICC gave right to Afghans to play in the next coming games. You can log in to see the match fixtures in cricinfo.com so plz plz don't get upset it's just a game.

  • on March 21, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Shame! If Afgan team was extraordinary than Nepal, why did it lost the game. Nepal is that team who has no money to buy even a kit apiece. They have defeated afgani with gundruk( cheap diet)powered hands. Well done Nepal.

  • DiwashShrestha on March 21, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    @EdrisEr I think u r being too much of an ultra-nationalist ... come on it's just one game that ur team lost(still more to lose) . u should particularly learn to control your fury boy, also neither is ur team as good as Ireland and other test playing nations... & what do you have to comment on HK winning against BD and AFG lsing by 9 wickets,huh?? ... Don't be such a crybaby, learn from your mistakes fella and.

    &, FYI we don't play crickets in STREET for us to be called Street Cricketers and we've already defeated Namibia and Bermuda in Division3 , Also Nepal is in Division 2 right now(just a few tournaments before getting ODI status).....

    The point is respect the opponent , love ur team and face the defeat Better luck next time for both AFG and Nepal and Cheers for Nepal(for its maiden win against AFG)!! Jai Nepal!!!

  • on March 21, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    @Waheed Shirzay i thank you from my whole heart for your comment. It is not that we don't know how to play cricket because when we started playing cricket you guys were still the kids sneezing and muddy. As far as the crying goes, it is like the hare and tortoise story, you were fast and asleep and we are working out ignoring others things. Don't mistake sweat for crying our friend. Don't go through the history because if you go there please go through the Kenya too. Remember same thing may happen to you guys. As you guys are new to cricket and just went through the results only, let me teach you guys that cricket is never played just for the results, it is how you win the hearts. I don't think Afghanistan cricket will be respected and adored after this T20 WC since all world knew how you people behave to other countries. Cricket is gentle man game and i don't think this suits for the cricket supporters in your country. I don't mean to disrespect you just behave. WE LOVE CRICKET !!!!

  • on March 21, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    nepal rocks.. what matters is how u perform at the time when required.. rest is history.. so guys lets celeberate for the spirit of the game

  • on March 21, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    Nepal have always been great cricketing nation and we just proved it in front of the world. Today's win against Afghan is just demonstration of talents we have. We almost defeated Ireland in recent encounter and everyone knows Ireland is thousand times better than Afghanistan. We will soon play with full members as our cricketing structure is improving day by day. We are happy that we won two matches in the World Cup and like as skipper Paras said, 'Real journey begins from here'.

  • on March 21, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    Awesome victory by nepal over afg. you afgani friends still beleives that afganstan is a comparitively better team. Yes it is, but we have to accept the fact. ur comments above gives the smell of derailness. afganstan is a good team. No doubt, it was comparatevely better then nepal. but we must beleive the fact- nepal grew better then it....... and it is a good omen for next world cup victory campign.... so, respect competators and be respected.

  • on March 21, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    It was just one match and nothing more It happens in cricket and other sports We defeated BD does it mean the should quit cricket no they are a top quality side With quality player but win and loss is part of the game Ireland defeated England does it mean England is a weak side no they are top side Bd defeated Australia does it mean Australia is weak team ?? Bd defeated SL and India in Asia cup 2012 So Nepalese fans don't get carried away I know it was not the best tournament for Afghanistan but they are the best associate along with Ireland Just wait and watch the rise of Afghanistan Cricket and with ness History

  • Samar_Singh on March 21, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    @Edris Er: So you accept that your team is weaker than a street cricketer.. Arrogance at its height. Cricket is not just big talk and muscle, there is something called proper technique and temperament too. Turn on cricket dictionary. Yes we are beginner in cricket and not claim that we are equal or better to SA, Aus or India like you say.First beat Ireland. Just improve your cricketing knowledge.

    Dear Afghan supporter learn what is sportsmen spirit and accept that you guys were totally outplayed in this game/tournament. Do not be so arrogant. Better luck next time.Congrats Team Nepal for some good display.

  • on March 21, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Nepal played 4 times with AFG. AFG won 3 and Nepal 1. How an earth 3 is less than 1 to make them better than AFG. We congratulate them for yesterdays win but really these Nepalese are having big mouths. This is our fist ever lose otherwise before that they were crying to win at least one game from us and we did to even care about them because even winning yesterday's game would not took us through. We came with a plan to win it with big margin and that cost us the game. Simple is that. Btw we are competing with Ireland, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh not Nepal and Hong Kong

  • maninaction on March 21, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    @Edris Er :Brother you made me laugh. You get defeat by the hands of street cricketers and so what have you become?? Haha. Learn to respect your competitors and they will respect you. Learn to accept defeat. I think you arrogant Afghans will never learn. Go and show your frustrations to your players and coach, not over here. Good luck for the future. -Nepali cricket fan

  • magar26 on March 21, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    we Nepali supporter really loved our boys performance at this global event. definately we will back next time with more talent and excitemant......as better team

  • on March 21, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    Afg is as South Africa even India and Australia don't want to face them no one in the tests and some great quality players But they don't have luck in WCT20'S Nepal are just street cricketers they don't have talent even Namibia and Bermuda are by far better than them They don't have cricket future they should say good bye sooner than later

  • Lance_Mhrzn on March 21, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    @AyanHazrat .... AFG didn't lose the game the way u had explained, their run rate was below par dude ... not even close to ours(Nepal's). And if u're talking about records and football then Nepal is FAR BETTER team than AFG in football too, and that Nepal has lost just once against AFG's football side just as Nepal's cricket side has won AFG once( and its only the beggining) so don't brag about u're football team in a cricket site ....... and what?? u didn't know Nepal had a U19 team .. pretty funny. When did u start watching cricket,dude?? .. yesterday :P :D

  • on March 21, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Actually cricket can be decided in a single ball so don't be over confidence Afghanistan I am pity sure now onwards nepal will dominate Afghanistan every times. Now Nepalese government had shown interest on cricket. Nepal will compete with top 8 nations Afghanistan is no thing for Nepal.

  • Abhishek58 on March 21, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    Had greatest moment of life cheering in Nepalese fours, sixes and wickets...... Thank you Nepalese players..........

  • on March 21, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    don't under estimate the power of common people you afgani people. you lost ur game due to ur overconfidence.u lost us infront of few people bt we lost u infront of millions of people.

  • Udendra on March 21, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    AFG has been very disappointing in this tournament. They have to first triumph over other associates before looking for ICC promotions.

  • anver777 on March 21, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    Defending a score of 141 against a stronger team like Afghan is great !!!! Nepal is improving in every outing, i wish they will create few more surprises in future matches & show the world that they're competitive enough for big matches !!!!

  • on March 21, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    Neply dont be happy with ur win by chance

  • on March 21, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    hi afgan fans ..... dnt think so super power yourself.....our next competition with india and other test playing nations ....not the team like u ................

  • on March 21, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    waiting for u afghans player to come again in Nepal!!!!real drama begins

  • on March 21, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    Afghanistan was trying to win the game with high run rate that is why they lost the game, they had 2 choices either don't care about advancing to the next stage and play sensibly and win the game or to take a risk and go for it which they did that and failed. Afghanistan is much better team then Nepal. Look at Afghanistan perfect record before this game against Nepal then start talking about Nepal being better. Afghanistan also beat Nepal 2 times in soccer (football) it is proven that despite the war in the country and lack of infrastructure Afghanistan has done exceptionally well because Afghans are naturally best in sport. Mark my word in 10 years if peace hold in Afghanistan, Afghanistan will be on the top. Afghanistan U19 beat Australia in WC 50 over game and they also beat Sri-lanka twice by huge margin, I dont even know if Nepal has U19 team. So please first know about cricket then come here and claim that Nepal is a better team then Afghanistan.

  • BijayNepal on March 21, 2014, 2:41 GMT

    Nepal is progressing in cricket and thanks to all concern people who love nepal. Nepali team we all love you.

  • MonkeyShot on March 21, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    Afghanistan needs to focus on picking up singles, rotating the strike and building partnerships. Shahzad selfishly kept the strike while attempting big shots which doomed Afghan hopes for a promising start and Nabi's wrong dismissal didn't help either. Stanikzai was probably the only mature one who played responsibly. This is not the Afghanistan that took down Bangladesh in Asia Cup.

    Meanwhile, Nepal was very impressive all-around. Their fielding, batting and bowling were first-class. I remember Nepal and Bangladesh started out at the same time and while Bangladesh went on to get ODI and Test status, Nepal went off the radar. However, the radar silence has served Nepal well. They have managed to build an excellent fighting unit, perhaps the most promising of all associate members. I would love to see more cricket for them.

  • on March 21, 2014, 2:19 GMT

    congrats nepal for the historic win..you have not won the match but millions of hearts. thank you guys

  • on March 21, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    congrats nepal team

  • on March 21, 2014, 1:27 GMT

    Great Nepal, great Nepali. We won the game, won the heart of all cricket lovers in the world and we pulled the global attention especially organization such ICC.

  • on March 20, 2014, 23:30 GMT

    arrogance vs smartness , the reason behind Nepal success.

  • on March 20, 2014, 23:27 GMT

    So big crowd to support two associate countries.Bangladesh really worth place to play cricket.Love and thank you all Bangladeshi audience for such a huge support to Nepali team till the end.

  • BanglaTigerss on March 20, 2014, 23:19 GMT

    Good job Nepal, but please stop dreaming. No chance for you to get ahead of Bangladesh. The only reason the Tigers lost to HK today is because the players were trying to win by big margin to teach ICC a lesson. Otherwise, Bangladesh is too strong for the associate teams. We win games with a six even if we only need a single. That's the strength of the tiger.

  • on March 20, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    I already knew, Afghans were overconfident since beginning first they said the have 11 all rounder so they can easily beat a test playing side Bangladesh instead they got trashed and still refused to believe that they sick, and said they should be given the test status, and now got trashed by Nepal.

  • sanjay.shrestha on March 20, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    Every body watch and be careful Gorkha have entered in the world circket, we are not good in chopping heads ,when it comes for pride of Nepal we are best for evry job.

  • 2.14istherunrate on March 20, 2014, 22:01 GMT

    When other games may fail to interest this game was really the match of the decade, a delight to behold. A really cracking matchup which caught my imagination in a novel way. I hope Nepal v Afghanistan will become a regular feature on TV. Sweet!!

  • on March 20, 2014, 21:39 GMT

    Although we are let down by crap ICC's two tier policy! We are 100% home grown cricketing nation and played not less interesting and quality games than so called "test" and "super 10" nations. ICC shouldn't behave like this if they think cricket is global game. Learn from FIFA, once someone qualify, rank doesn't matter. Only 16 nations play FIFA world cup but they do not care about ranking! That's why every small nation has chance in football and that is always global game. Our boys played really quality game and entertained us more than test playing nations. HEY WORLD WE ARE COMING!

  • on March 20, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    Congratulation team Nepal. One of the most exciting team of world cricket's second tier. Keep your legacy on. From Nz.

  • Ammo666 on March 20, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    Congrats Nepal! there you go....it was predictable that poor AFG is gonna lose to Nepal & they have a better future ahead than AFG...for AFG that win against a test nation side BD in a 50 over match was just a miracle..if it was T20 then still it could be considered because even big teams loses to associates but in a 50 over proper match it was totally unexpected.

  • Albert_cambell on March 20, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    We had 8 asian teams taking part in this years T20 world cup. But how come these teams are not included for the Asia cup. It may not be a bad Idea to set a qualifying round between Nepal, Afghan, Honk kong, UAE, BD and promote the winner to take part in the main tournament with big boys like SL, IND, PAK.

  • soundtracks on March 20, 2014, 21:13 GMT

    actually, iam some how happy that afg did not win this game, cause even if they did they wud not go to next level according to my calculations. But hope this tour would give them some deep thinking in managment level. And i hope they be compeletly different side in couple of years. first of all they have to get rid of all players who has no future, such as Mangel, Sediq, zardan(batsman), the only person who look like propper batsman is stanikzai. and Nabi, is also a good hitter. so complete new sit of batsmen need before WC.2015. right now i dont see propper batsman and mark my words same result will be in 2015 if same players playing again.

  • on March 20, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    It is funny to see Bangladeshi fans supporting Nepal Against AFghanistan hahahah go and cry on your loss.... shame on your so called test nation... what a joke!!! Tigers!!!!

  • on March 20, 2014, 20:36 GMT

    !!!!FOR ALL THOSE ARROGANT AFGAN FANS!!! Guys first of all you need to learn what sports is. After being top associate nation you act as if you are the number one team in the world :D I watched post match conference and have been following Afgans comments online and social media. Why don't they even admit that they lost match. This is fact. Are you guys going to the court. With such attitude, you will go now where my friends. I loved the match, it was thrilling, that is what I want to see as cricket fan. Come on guys, Nepal had better chance of making to the second round then Afgan if on run rate basis. And every team has plan...

  • on March 20, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    It was just an off day for Afghanistan Don't even compare Afghanistan to Nepal Afghanistan is by far better team Nepal can enjoy a run like Scotland or USA enjoyed once So don't be much happy In case if AFG they should target the top 8 test nations!!

  • on March 20, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    Welldone Nepal! Who is going to beat India first? Afghanistan or Nepal))

  • on March 20, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    Happy to see Nepal emerging as a serious competitor at level 2. With more application and time may be they will start challenging the big 8 sooner than later. Good luck to Nepal and Hong Kong!

  • on March 20, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    This is getting exciting really. All predictions are failing by miles as all teams are giving their 100%. I personally thought that Afghan team was the better one but… Well done Nepalese team. Can't agree more that a team full of Afridi like impatient characters can never be consistent. Pathans... pl hold or horses. U can score 450 + in a one day match n get out cheaply for under 50 runs in the v next match. Thrilling... isn't it?

  • Temuzin on March 20, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    Absolutely happy for Nepal. They will be forced to if they continue playing like that. Afghanistan are a good team may be best among associates but Nepal has proved today that they can win against many strong sides. Keep going Nepal.

  • on March 20, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    We have been playing cricket by all our efforts. I remember ,we even did not have a good cricket pitch,we used to tighten the pitch with wood log,nothing we had other than the enthusiasm and spirited heart for loving cricket, but the real talent is coming from these infertile lands of Nepal.The discipline and spirited team efforts are praiseworthy though batting has to be improve a lot to compete in the arena of cricket world. I felt so good to see Nepali team beating Afghanistan and competing in such global tournament of cricket.

  • Sagar_Sharma on March 20, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    As a fan of both Nepal and Afghanistan - this was a very heart breaking match for me. I have friends from Bangladesh, Nepal, Ireland and Afghanistan and every time these teams play, I am glued to the TV set :)

    In fact I have known families of some of the youngsters playing for these team and even own a bat autographed by Ireland's Kevin O'Brien.

    I do not like to watch cash rich teams like India, Aus, Eng anymore :) ... associate level teams are making cricket much more exciting... just by their sheer enthusiasm and spirit!!!

    I really enjoy watching following players a lot!!!

    Bangladesh: Shakib, Anamul, Tamim Nepal: Khadka, Malla, Gauchan, Regmi, Vasewaker Afghanistan: Shapoor, Dawlat, Stanikzai, Shenwari, Nabi Ireland: O'Brien brothers, Stirling, Dockrell, Poterfield Netherlands: Seelaar, Swart, van der Gugten, Tendo(wish he was playing) Zimbabwe: Sibanda, Waller, Panyangara, Taylor (his family has done a lot for Zimbabwe's youth and sports)

  • F.Hashimi on March 20, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    Nepal does not have same footing in cricket as Afghanistan or Ireland. The reason they won today because Afghanistan wanted to finish the match in 15 overs as they always have done against Nepal, but well played Nepal for denying the Afghans an easy win. Afghanistan needs to bring young talent from their under 19 world cup team as they have beaten likes of Australia and Sri Lanka. I believe Nawroz Mangel and Karim Sadiq should retire from T20. Afghanistan has a bright future in cricket. Cheers to our Afghan team!!!!

  • imad_lala on March 20, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    Pakistan team have only one shahid afridi who play game with no responsibility not fear to get out or gets runs.the problem is afghanistan team has almost many of them like afridi who plays with irresponsbility that is why they failing many times and successful less time.this is the main problem to be noted.

  • on March 20, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    Congrats Nepal... We ve shown them what we are and what we can do.. so dont underestimate other...

  • imad_lala on March 20, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    Pakistan team have only one shahid afridi who play game with no responsibility not fear to get out or gets runs.the problem is afghanistan team has almost many of them like afridi who plays with irresponsbility that is why they failing many times and successful less time.this is the main problem to be noted.

  • on March 20, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    Afghan is Much Much Better then Neplia, Today Afghan were looking to win in 15 overs..Thats the reason Afghan batsmen collips ,And watch Banglasesh Who also look to big score but lost to chinies,Nepal is always Under the Afghan shadow,Nepal is just good for t20.not more

  • on March 20, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    Bad luck again Afghanistan, Need some changes now

  • on March 20, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    We love our team Nepal and respect all other teams. But some of the pundits are making harse comments over Nepalese cricket specially Afghans, please mind it.

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 20, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    Nepal are BETTER than Afghanistan in every department. I hope the ICC give Nepal more opportunities to compete against test teams. India should invite Nepali players to play in Ranji cricket. Afghanistan are also a good team who need more exposure at this level. God bless both teams and well done !

  • Cruzan on March 20, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    Good game to watch , after Affhans, the Nepalis are a surprise to watch. Well done Nepali baba

  • nalinrr on March 20, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    There was one guy telling yesterday that Afghanistan will play the next year's final against Ind. Can I see that fa? Reges or someone pls. He also told that Afg is the best team in Asia. Here ur team has lost to Nepal. One advice mate. Learn the game first and then comment. You must know what u r saying. And never underestimate anyone. Ur Afg team is still a baby in the cricket world. First at least become a child to fight with men.

  • RuwanFer on March 20, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    Congrats Nepal for a fantastic win. I would like to see them play in a 50 overs match. Some of their batsmen got solid techniques.

  • on March 20, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    ICC Should give opportunity to play to all the countries not only the top 10 countries. I don't like this things of cricket, always that top 10 countries So boring. This times Nepali team played nice cricket beyond their level..... Well done Nepali cricket team. I like It...

  • fr600 on March 20, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    Not surprised I am, at all.

  • on March 20, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Is there any role of supporters? come on the floor to discuss on this.?!

  • on March 20, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    NEPAL ....... but at this World T20 they have been on a recruitment drive -Alan Gardner Thank you Alan!

    If If If Nepal had WON the toss in previous matches

  • on March 20, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    Super 10 games will feel boring after seeing top class entertaining games in these qualifying rounds. ICC should get rid our having associate members and make all of them play each other every year in qualifying games. like FOOTBALL. the cricket will be so famous. and surely alot of upsets and big wins will be witnessed

  • on March 20, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    yesterday i saw some afghan ppl saying..sorry but no chance for nepal...can i see the same sentences please???or u guys knew who we r....so speak after u deliver...we didnt loose to bangladesh like u afghani did..we fought till the end...not like u guys..thanks..

  • on March 20, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    I love Nepal,best ylear ,parsh,thanku ,,all the best

  • on March 20, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    Great great great! You deserved more than this guys. Congrats and keep the good work up. From Pakistan

  • Equal_right2play_cricket on March 20, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Top Associates r getting huge exposure (lots of tournament, longer version match, technical & technological support) than d period '90 to 2k. & ICC r getting its outcome. Once Netherland, Kenya, UAE, Scotland were at top. But BD got the test status as BD has some level of consistency playing with their own player & keeping all criticism outside though they have few lost against associate. Now Ireland, Afganistan, Nepal r in top. Some may keep its level & new power may come. My friend nothing is stable-mighty Westindies, Austrilia! Plz concentrate on urself rather than criticizing other.

  • on March 20, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Afghans definitely are a far better ODI team, I am sure of that, in any case both Nepal and afghans were not going to qualify due to bangladesh.

  • on March 20, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    That was the history witnessed not only by nepalese but by whole world. .. #RESPECT #GORKHALI

  • on March 20, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    My Pride My Rhino

  • on March 20, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    It's a incredible feeling! ! A game to unite variety of people!!

  • on March 20, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Super congrats..you must be proud of you...how did you do that? Awesome, may you beat us soon enough.

  • on March 20, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    Thanks for all who supports "Nepal"and Nepali Players. Congrats parsh and your team.

  • on March 20, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    Its a pride to win over one of the best non-test cricket playing nations. Let there be no enmity over the class because we know they are a great team and we have a lot to improve upon. I just hope to see Nepal rise in future. And its very nice to see the support from all over the world.

  • rewan.cric on March 20, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    @ F.Hashimi i think you were sleeping while afghanis were out very quickly!!! don't be too much inclined and have the fair analysis on the game played by Nepal. Both played well, Nepal did extra!!!!

  • Sadip on March 20, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Congratulation to the Whole Nation.... Nepal Nepal Nepal Nepal..... Feeling Proud..... Bravo Napal... Well Played Guys...!!!!!

  • WorldWideCricket on March 20, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    @Waheed Shirzay: Brother, keep your hatred towards Bangladesh outside the sport. Your hatred towards Bangladesh wont make NEPAL stronger than Bangladesh. Everything has a limit. If they were better than Bangladesh, they would beat BD, but that did not happen. Haters are ordinary.

  • Missnepal on March 20, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    @F.Hashimi First you guys said BD won because it was bad luck for Aghans. And now you say Npl won beacuse Afghans wanted to score fast. Good Reasoning Afghans. How about I reason afghans could make 132 just because Nepali bowlers didn't bowl well at the end. For god's sake they played better against BD than Afghans. This was Nepal's well deserved victory. Congrats guys. First WorldCup and already drawing world's attention towards yourself.

  • on March 20, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    Well done Nepal. The legend of the great Gurkhas live on. England & ICC need to nurture this exciting new team, with funds & facilities. Nepali players can also be taken in Ranji & IPL.

  • on March 20, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    Congratulations !!!! Really proud of our team.. Truely derserved victory....

  • on March 20, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    i love nepal and nepali cricket and the way they play in this tournament.

  • on March 20, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    Chill out Bangalis chill out, I can see how that Asian Cup lose affected u all and made you call us arrogant. Come on guys this is a game and one have to win. We overjoyed with our Asian Cup performance and had poor players selection too nothing else. In only four years we won a lot of hearts and play a lot better than the situation we have in our country. One Win from Nepal does not make them better than us compared to three games we won against them. Well played by them an I am still proud of my team. I want to see Bangladesh n super 10 that how many games they will manage to win. They are yet to win a game from test nation in 2014 so don't show your hate to us despite your not a super team yourself.

  • on March 20, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Congratulations Nepal! Overconfidence doomed Afghanistan. Not to be arrogant, not at least while you are still trying to cement your position in the sport. Kabir Khan and Nabi have work to do there to make their boys humble. I hope both teams keep improving.

  • on March 20, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    well what is it this all these Afghans fans are saying that Afgans shouldnt have taken Neoal lightly..Nepal and Afghans are of the same standard when it comes to T20..you guys are just to over confident about your standards..yes Afghanistan is a very fast improving team but SO IS NEPAL..you guys are lucky that you are getting good support from PCB..if we were to get any kind of support from ICC, the day wont be that far that Nepal will be playing Asia cup and also the test matches...its a gentlemen's game and we showed our gentlemenship..

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Congratulations Nepal. LOL Afghanistan

  • Equal_right2play_cricket on March 20, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Top Associates r getting huge exposure (lots of tournament, longer version match, technical & technological support) than d period '90 to 2k. & ICC r getting its outcome. Once Netherland, Kenya, UAE, Scotland were at top. But BD got the test status as BD has some level of consistency playing with their own player & keeping all criticism outside though they have few lost against associate. Now Ireland, Afganistan, Nepal r in top. Some may keep its level & new power may come. My friend nothing is stable-mighty Westindies, Austrilia! Plz concentrate on urself rather than criticizing other.

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    Well played Nepal..You deserved this win

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Well Gorkhalis are the real comeback kings!

  • Oracle_Magus on March 20, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    It was a well fought battle. Both teams did not give up till the very end. Stanikzai has played the game of his life, but it proved to be a little short to take Afghans over the finish line. It's great to see the newbies putting on such a great show. BD has proved to be a little too strong for the associates this time, but we can expect a lot more from these boys in the near future. Cheers!

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    Well done Nepal! U have shown afgans their way home!

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    I think this bodes well for cricket. Nepal has joined Afghanistan as upcoming team to watch. Well done!

  • F.Hashimi on March 20, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    Afghanistan really missed Hamid Hassan the main strike bowler. For Karim Sadiq and Nawroz Mangal its about time to leave the team and give chance to youngster. Shafiqullah is great find and needs to be polished a bit more. The only reason Nepal won today was that Afghanistan wanted to score faster and I really love their spirits. Congratulations to BD for making it to the next round, but unfortunately the honey moon for them going to be a really short one!!! oh well played Nepal and its about time to win a match against Afghanistan to make it 4-1 in favor of Afghanistan.

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    Well done, Nepal! But the ACC and the BCCI should actively help the CAN in order to improve infrastructure and coaching facilities for cricket in NP. Otherwise Nepal cannot hope to break out of Associate status.

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    Congrats to Nepal and criticism to Afgan batsman. Do not underestimate any team.

  • TowfiqueToronto on March 20, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    A very Congratulations to Nepal for victory over Afghanistan. I think nepal has good future of cricket. Afganistan was a bit over confident this time after making upset with BD in Asia cup which make them cost. Afganistan is a good team as well. from a BD fan.

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    it is time for Karim Sidiq and Nawroz Mangle to say goodbye and allow some young players to replace him. Shahidi, Nasir Jamal, Ghani, Osman are the promising players please ACB give them a chance.

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    Younus khan and rashid latif said that Afganistan is better than Bangladesh. Is there anyone who want to come over to my home and share some laughs!!! well done Nepal from a BD fan.

  • Pawan_Raj_Phuyal on March 20, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    Nepal really DESERVES this win being such a spirited side all the time. Its now the time to provide more superior chances to grow more in the bright cricketing world. They are never less than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe at all. HOPE Nepal rocks soon to the big stages.

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    One thing to mention here is that this is the first win for Nepal against Afghanistan and all the Nepalis know that also for Bangladeshi fans I have to say this that despite that Bangladesh is a full member and played more than 20 year we played against them in their backyard and beat them there in Asia Cup 2014 so Afghanistan vs Bangladesh is 1-1 also we will have an other game coming up soon in Australia then we will talk who is better because Australia is a different countries where there is no Bangladeshi or Afghan pitch also one more thing if Bangladesh come to Afghanistan and play there I am sure that they will go wash out with out wining even a game remember my word one day we will see you in Afghanistan.

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    congrats to nepal

    from sri lanka.

  • Man_I_am_a_cricket_fan on March 20, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    Well done Nepali Cricket team...You made us proud back home.. We support Hong Kong in the final game against Bangladesh and expect them to win by a great margin... Afganistan is a quality team but Nepal is better than them as it can be proved from today's game and the game of both teams against the test playing nation Bangladesh and also against Hong Kong...Nepal played better than Afganistan in all big games in this World Cup and are a really good team having potentiality to rise in near future

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    We were hungry for this and are we happy now?? Yes, we are ecstatic. The Himalayan team captained by the coolest mind and formed by the strongest teamwork deserved 1000% of the victory. We thank our team for all the happiness they have brought to our country, the joys they brought will be cherished in our heart forever........ We have a long way to go though ...but we will reach there soon .I am sure of it.

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    There is always a rise in each team then they fall and most of the time they fall hard. However, i don't think Afghanistan would go to that road because they have a very good u19 players who learned cricket with technique. Currently most of the players playing cricket in afg team learned cricket unprofessional with tennis ball that is why you can clearly see the tendency for them to hit every ball out of the park. Good play by Nepal but remember that anything could happens in t20Is. Afghanistan is a much better team then Nepal and that is a fact, same way as BD is way better then Afghanistan. So Nepalis dont go over ur heads not at lest for now.

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    you guys played really well despite the limited resource. hats off to u guys. u guys make us to feel proud #jay nepal

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    @keep praying lol ur payer will never end will it?lol @farooq. asia cup has ended up dude,come on wake up,afganistan is overrated by emotions. nothing else. and their true color has been exposed today.lost against debutant nepal.lol.now keep jumping reminding the victory against bd.meanwhile let nepal progress

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    My Team.My Nepal My Pride.......

    No Words To Describe My Country.

    Salute All Player Nepal

    #Jaya_Nepal.

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Excellent bowling by Mukhiya...so many yorkers! superb fielding by our players, saved many fours.. and great catches...good batting by subash and sarad...A blend of all these adds to our victory..Though we might not be into the top 10 but we are very excited and happy for nepalese cricket team..

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Well done Nepal. You are a better side than Afghan. They are overrated. ICC should help you to build your cricket infrastructure. I don't understand why still Afghans comparing them with Bangladesh/Zimbabwe. Farooq..u better check stats. Bdesh has beaten Ireland in warm up match over 40 runs. Now you guys realize you need quality player not 10 all rounder like Nabi said. hahahaha.

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Nepalese are progressing. Cheers ! Gurkhas are superb !

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    So amazed by spirited Nepal. Love from Bangladesh.

  • Muntaka on March 20, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    My new favourite player is Shakti gauchan.Loved the way of his celebration..Also surprised to see lot of nepalese people coming here to support their nation.Love from Bangladesh

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Well done Nepal for providing a reality check to afgans! You always find Bangladeshi's support on your side!

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    A big margin win by Hong Kong against BD can pave the way for Nepal to go through to the next stage.

    Fingers crossed.

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    Nepal has a great immediate potential at least at T20. We need few pinchhitters and a settled opening pair. Few years we will be there in all levels. In other hand, Afghans are imploding to their own premature success. Nepalese are confident, Afghans are arrogant

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    jobs all done by team NEPAL and now hoping for some MIRACLE tonight...common HK...all the best..

  • durber99 on March 20, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    Where is those supporters from Afghanistan who talk more rather than respect to some one. Afghan told they'll beat Bangladesh but what we saw? Afghan don't know how to play proper cricket. They all out by 72 against BD!! Big shame. Nepal is far more better team than Afghanistan. Afghan cricketers don't know how to play but they started to fight with Tamim & Shakib!! You'll get respect if you give respect to others.

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    BD fans really nice, They know every body wants their team progress so did I for HK won against BD !! Not by any reason but feel myself bad to text such words.. Long live BD, play well against Hongkong too !!

  • hasan_eee on March 20, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    As a neighbour country we love u Nepal.i told befour Nepal's clasical cricket will lead them to success and my pediction was right. From BANGLADESH.

  • Ramu444 on March 20, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    Afghanistan needs someone like Misbah to bat cool and calm and bat all the overs.man,really impressed by Nepal.it is time that India should help these guys.well done Nepal.and for afghanistan Arrogance and confrontational behaviour is not going to win you matches.stay on the ground and reach for the sky.

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Never commented on anything ever but as a cricket fan it was so heartening to see these two teams playing such a level of cricket. Especially impressed with Neplies brand of cricket, it was such a joy to watch. Reallying hoping for these two teams to improve quickly , be reconginized, play cricket at highest level and more colour to the cricket world. Wish you all the best.

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Nepal have defeated Afghanisthan !!! and it isn't a biggest shock at all!! Both the teams are of same level.. We have beaten them in previous tournament also. Afghanisthan are playing more international matches than Nepal doesn't make them superior than Nepal. Nepal also deserves to Play more international matches. #JAI #NEPAL

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    Thanks all friends from Bangladesh who were support our national team.. Best of luck for them to play good cricket in second round.

  • xmantra23 on March 20, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    welll played nepal cricket team. arrogant afghani deserve that lost. cricket is not a game of sloggers. you need technique and temperament to play well. i hope the afghanis learn this lesson. just having bowlers that can bowl fast with no thinking and batsman that try to slog every ball out of the park doesn't make a good cricket team. its a shame that nepal don't have much chance to go to the next round. ICC really did unfair to the associate team who played so hard to get here and now they are shown the exit door after putting up such spirited performance. I hope this doesn't happen in the future worldcups and they are given equal opportunity to perform.

  • smukhles on March 20, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    @Maz Shakya, Not happening brother!

  • BARFI on March 20, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    Afghanistan almost done it. Afghan failed to execute their shots at the right moment. Afghanistan is better than Nepal and we will see it in near future. I am a Bangladeshi but I think Afghan team and as well as Nepalese team will be other biggest threat to Work Cricket in terms of creating upsets.

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    Afghanistan are still a quality team alongside Ireland to match Bangladesh and Zimbabwe but they need to appoint a new coach and get rid of old players like Sadiq and Mangal. Congrats to Nepal but I am proud of Shafiqullah and Stanikzai for taking the game to the wire. We are returning home at least with a good deserved ODI win against Bangladesh. We have talent and will only get stronger inshallah. Love You Afghanistan

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    In short format everything can happen, Hong Kong beat Zimbabwe, Ireland beat Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, Netherlands beat Pakistan and so on...

    Afghanistan's defeat in the short format by Nepal is not a surprise for me.

    real hero is the one who upsets the test nation in a 50 over match. which is yet only shown by the two Giant nations Afghanistan and Ireland.

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    I cheered for Nepal the whole match. Bangladesh should help Nepal improve their cricket. Lets bring Paras, Shakti and the man of the match to BPL. Well done, Nepal! You played a superb cricket!

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    Great win for Nepal!, congrats Nepal, thanks for bringing those afgans back to earth. when Bangladesh was associates i used to support Australian Cricket team, but after our test status its only been about Bangladesh for me. never got the encouragement to support or care for any other team. Nepal just became my 2nd Team!, from now i'll support you guys whenever you are playing after my country!

    You guys have home grown players and your players are build from Nepal, unlike Ireland who plays in the England domestic cricket and Afgans who play in the Pakistan Domestic cricket. You guys have big future!..jaya Nepal!

  • on March 20, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    clinical performance by Nepal.... is afghan the best associates?? as said by their captian....time to evaluate.

  • sm_tigers on March 20, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    Nice to see a new Malinga ; Respect to Nepal from Bangladesh

  • on March 20, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    now what excuse nabi is gonna make?we lost against bd because of turning pitch and nepal because of too much sporting pitch?i told nepal is far better than highly overrated Afghanistan.nabi should admit that. lol arrogance lol

  • bouncer709 on March 20, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    This is what we feared about Afghanistan team, they were talking of beating Nepal by big margin to make to next round, and lost the match. Poor thinking, Their opener shehzad deserve no chance to open, in last match he scored 68 but after 4 dropped catches. Only Samiullah Shinwari and Asghar Stanikzai seems to have some good batting mind, others have no Idea. any way good reality check for Afghanistan team. So try to Talk less and play more.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on March 20, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Congrats to Nepal for this historic victory over stronger AFG. No doubt Nepal will b the best finding of this WT20. I even didn't expect any victory by Nepal but they won 2! Their fielding per4mance was splendid in all 3 games. Their bowling is good. Probably batting isn't up to the mark. But still they showed their class to play at this level. Afghans have no reason to b frustrated. They have World Cup 15 ahead. So they should better regroup for that. They already had a successful Asia Cup. Btw, both AFG and NEP r little beat unlucky as they had to face host BD- the strongest team of round 1. They have 15 years of experience of playing in ICC top tournaments. Only ZIM ahead of them with respect to years of experience. BD have almost reached the standard of WI & NZ at home. So winning against them is tough for inexperienced teams to win against them in BD. It would b interesting if Zim, Afg, Nep, UAE would've been in the same group.

  • smukhles on March 20, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Afghanistan's UNDESERVED arrogance at their level of Cricket has been punished well by Nepal today in a good way. Nepal played today with the support of Bangladeshi crowd all the way, a very good upcoming team in Asian Cricket. Good Job Nepal!

  • HorsburghA6 on March 20, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Ccongrats Nepal. Its a good win. But finally the luck of Afghanistan felt short. I never seen such a lucky team in cricket history; which carries them for years. This team is exceptionally poor in terms of spirit of the game. It doesn't deserve in top league or any world stage. This Pakistan B team does every chaos and fall short of their daydream!

  • on March 20, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    excellent game...well done Nepal...now, can someone pls explain what N. Budayir is doing in the side...not bat.not bowl.....so???

  • Ayaan10411 on March 20, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    Congrats Nepal!!! Delighted to see the performance!!! I am Indian fan and I feel Nepal is way better than Afgans .............

  • on March 20, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    Very impressive performance and as a Ban fan i knew that Nepal is much Better than Afgan. So congrates Nepal...

  • on March 20, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    Now, I pray Bangladesh to lose. So, Nepal qualify for 2nd round. Sorry Bangla fans.

  • on March 20, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    well done nepal

  • lightOj on March 20, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    Nepal, what can I say(!) marvelous,awesome performance! Real spiritual cricket showed by them.First major tournament and BOOM.

  • on March 20, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    Oops! Sorry to Afghan supporters...................

  • WorldWideCricket on March 20, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    Congratulation Team Nepal. You are true champion. It was wonderful beating over hyped Afghanistan. Thank you Nepal to show Afghanistan where they belong. You guys brought them to the ground. Nepal should be next TEST playing nation from Asia, not Afghanistan.

  • on March 20, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    Well done Nepal for beating us for the first time but deservedly. Nepal looked like a team in every area. Bowling, batting and fielding have been magnificent. I hope Hong Kong beat Bangladesh and Nepal go through as they are looking better than Bangkadesh

  • Schumann on March 20, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    Congrats Team Rhinos !! Bright future ahead of you .

  • on March 20, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    Loving the game..really good cricket by Nepal..from bd

  • Schumann on March 20, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    24 runs from 6 balls is certainly possible but not by mindless sloggers !

  • Schumann on March 20, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Jitendra surely knows where to bowl at death ... sublime !!!

  • heartyCricketer on March 20, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Nepal has showed a spriited performance today. No matter what ever be the outcome of this match hats off to nepal's performance in the field. even some good catches were taken and captain leads by example...

  • on March 20, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Nepal n only Nepal, afganis are struggling to hit the bowl...well played Paras n tram BRAVO

  • Schumann on March 20, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    Go Nepal go !! teach them some cricketing lesson ! U are wayyy too better than Afg ! love from BD.

  • on March 20, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    good luck Nepalese Boys :)

  • heartyCricketer on March 20, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    Nepal has shown true spirit here... amazing game by them.. afghans are struggling to chase 141 against a disciplined nepal's bowling performance... interesting to see quality catches taken... truly spirited performance from nepal irrespective of whatever may be the result of this match...

  • on March 20, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    Nepal will win for sure

  • on March 20, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Afghanistan will win...they look good

  • on March 20, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    I pray Nepal win this game and Bangladesh lose the other game. Want to see some dramatic change in 2nd round. Cheers!!!

  • on March 20, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    someone had mentioned they Afghanistan have 11Afridi. well u do need badly how to bat well with cool head. just because u beat one time n u became good team! learn how to hold on to ur position while bstting n stop talking trash. nepal way better team than Afghanistan.

  • on March 20, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    someone had mentioned that they got 11Afridi well u do and they need more batting practice. winning one game does not make u better team. the bigger ur, the harder u fall. nepal batted much better against Bangladesh n they batted well today again.

  • on March 20, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    I pray Bangladesh lose and Nepal go to 2nd round, want to see some dramatic change in main round. Cheers !!!

  • Ibrahim_Bhuyea on March 20, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    If they (Nepal) win this match, they will have 4 points and a good NRR. Then, Bangladesh may face a must win game against Hong-kong.

  • jb633 on March 20, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    Afghan have been truly woeful in this tournament. They actually can't bat. The distance between Ireland and the rest of the associate sides is massive. Afghan beat BD in the Asia cup but have been going backwards ever since. Really, dissappointing to see the way they try and chase down a score. I hope they prove me wrong but I can't see it at this stage

  • on March 20, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    Go on Nepal. Love from Bangladesh.

  • on March 20, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    Nepal deserves to win this match. Afghanistan need to through out mangal, karim sadiq and Shehzad, they are all useless. Well played Nepal.

  • on March 20, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    Great job by Nepal..

  • on March 20, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    Good to see Nepal teaching Afghanistan a lesson. I hope the AFG captain & coach learns their lesson, not to be arrogant winning 1 once in a lifetime upset match against Bangladesh and making arrogant comments publicly while getting thrashed by far superior teams. Body size and strength don't win cricket matches, skill and brains do. Well done Nepal...from Bangladesh..

  • on March 20, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    great performance nepa.proud of u guys....well played

  • on March 20, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    As an afghan well played nipal.

  • on March 20, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    Some one jump here to explain about there citizenship ! Poor poor poor get over your head. Your whole comment was right on point but bit of fuss idk what can i say !!

  • on March 20, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    Nepal is playing good cricket with limited resources even they don't have a single stadium in their country. at this level what they achieved by their own efforts regardless of Nepalese government is doing nothing for cricket so far. Hats off for Nepal cricket Team we are proud of you. JAY NEPAL #WORLDT20

  • rewan.cric on March 20, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    @enlightenedone well said! Last 2-3 overs have been worst for last 2 matches, need to maintain the same momentum. Bhandari has been notorious playing bat in air now!!! Nepalese Team need to think on this.

    Again, can see improvement in this game, good luck for bowling!!!

  • on March 20, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    well played boys....another good looking batting performance....now gotta restrict them below 140.......

  • on March 20, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    As an Afghan I pay tribute to Nepalis, good batting. Lets see how you bowl

  • enlightenedone on March 20, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    iam a nepali fan. but lets take of our rose tinted glasses and look at our performances from an oblective point of view. obviously iam very proud of our boys but lets be honest there is a lot of things we need to work on. first and foremost we need to drop sagar pun as opener. seriously this guy always scores a pretty looking 12 and gets out. and hes not learning from his mistakes in all 3 matches he was dismissed driving on the up!!only averages 13 with a high score of 22. i could honestly do better. but iam an aussie citizen so i cant play for my own country. next is the finishers role at 6 binod bhandari is another flop. what was he doing in the last over vs bangladesh instead of giving the strike to veswakar who was the set man he tries of all things the paddle sweep first ball! thats a complete lack of intelligence on his behalf. he ate up 4 dot balls too.

  • enlightenedone on March 20, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    iam a nepali fan. but lets take of our rose tinted glasses and look at our performances from an oblective point of view. obviously iam very proud of our boys but lets be honest there is a lot of things we need to work on. first and foremost we need to drop sagar pun as opener. seriously this guy always scores a pretty looking 12 and gets out. and hes not learning from his mistakes in all 3 matches he was dismissed driving on the up!!only averages 13 with a high score of 22. i could honestly do better. but iam an aussie citizen so i cant play for my own country. next is the finishers role at 6 binod bhandari is another flop. what was he doing in the last over vs bangladesh instead of giving the strike to veswakar who was the set man he tries of all things the paddle sweep first ball! thats a complete lack of intelligence on his behalf. he ate up 4 dot balls too.

  • on March 20, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    As an Afghan I pay tribute to Nepalis, good batting. Lets see how you bowl

  • on March 20, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    well played boys....another good looking batting performance....now gotta restrict them below 140.......

  • rewan.cric on March 20, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    @enlightenedone well said! Last 2-3 overs have been worst for last 2 matches, need to maintain the same momentum. Bhandari has been notorious playing bat in air now!!! Nepalese Team need to think on this.

    Again, can see improvement in this game, good luck for bowling!!!

  • on March 20, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    Nepal is playing good cricket with limited resources even they don't have a single stadium in their country. at this level what they achieved by their own efforts regardless of Nepalese government is doing nothing for cricket so far. Hats off for Nepal cricket Team we are proud of you. JAY NEPAL #WORLDT20

  • on March 20, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    Some one jump here to explain about there citizenship ! Poor poor poor get over your head. Your whole comment was right on point but bit of fuss idk what can i say !!

  • on March 20, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    As an afghan well played nipal.

  • on March 20, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    great performance nepa.proud of u guys....well played

  • on March 20, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    Good to see Nepal teaching Afghanistan a lesson. I hope the AFG captain & coach learns their lesson, not to be arrogant winning 1 once in a lifetime upset match against Bangladesh and making arrogant comments publicly while getting thrashed by far superior teams. Body size and strength don't win cricket matches, skill and brains do. Well done Nepal...from Bangladesh..

  • on March 20, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    Great job by Nepal..