World T20 - 2nd match, First Round Group A

Hong Kong v Nepal

Nepal won by 80 runs

The Nepal openers are already in the middle and so are the Hong Kong players. One slip in place

7.25 pm The teams are in the centre for the national anthems. Although there isn't much crowd, but you can already see islands of Nepalese supporters

7.15 pm "Sorry missed the first game just here now any comments regarding idiotic tournament format?" True Gav, huge issues with the format here that only allows one team from either of these groups. For most young teams, it's a huge opportunity, but it's a shame that for most of them, this is just an extension of an associate tournament as they are actually not going to get a chance to rub shoulders with the big boys.

"Wondering whom should I support for during during this game. Normally in this kind of games most of us tend to support the underdogs, but 2 teams making their international debuts. Better to be on the fence I guess for a change!" That's one of the big objectives of these teams' entry to the tournament Uwaisul - to give them a world audience..

Already comments pouring in from Nepal, but Hong Kong are not without their supporters. Here is Raunaq: "Go HK go! All of young cricketers wish our seniors the very best- we are all very proud and confident about our team's chances".

Rajan : "It's nothing like less than a festival back home here in Nepal. Projectors flashing in every street, every corners of the country facilitating the supporters to watch this match live almost everyone is seen wearing national cricket team jersey. "

"Historical moment for Nepalese cricket. the game has reached new heights in the Himalayan country and participation in the world cup will definitely multiply the number of players and spectators by many folds," Kiran, judging by the passionate responses we receive from Nepal, Cricinfo might also have to soon think of a country edition.

7.00 pm Hong Kong have won the toss and they have decided to bowl. Paras Khadka, the Nepal captain, is not bothered about losing the toss as he thinks the pitch would remain the same throughout the evening.

Anil Olee: "Such a proud moment for me and all the Nepalese today. All these years since 1997, i have been supporting SA but there is no better feeling than to cheer for the motherland! Hope the Nepalese Cricket Team does its best to make!"

6.45 pm Interesting start to the tournament in Mirpur where Bangladesh brushed aside the pre-tournament expected giant killers Afghanistan with utter ease. It could be argued that Afghanistan brought it on themselves with their unfettered shotmaking. That all is over now. It's now Nepal v Hong Kong, a match that may lack big names, but won't lack in fervent support from their supporters. We are still some time away from the start of the game, so there is enough time to lap up the preview. An interesting piece of trivia from it says Hong Kong pace bowlers Haseeb Amjad and Tanwir Afzal both represented Pakistan at U-19 level. Fascinating.

Meanwhile, Arya Yuyutsu, our man with the camera, caught up with Paras Khadka to talk about what this tournament means for the nation. Here is the link, it's also linked linked to the match cards, which are roughly north-east from here..

"Our first appearance in such a big event, our dream has come true. Go on, enjoy the cricket with some fight and discipline," says Criceverest

0.1

Tanwir Afzal to Khakurel, 3 runs, the first ball is sent through midwicket with a neat-looking push. It was a full delivery and on the pads

Pun on strike.

0.2

Tanwir Afzal to Sagar Pun, no run, he corrects his length and bowls this one of off, the batsman comes forward and defends

0.3

Tanwir Afzal to Sagar Pun, 1 run, this one comes in after pitching, but Pun, who was on the back foot, dabs it to the leg side for a quick single

"Actually I don't mind the tournament format. Associates should be eased in as there would be more one sided games if they play big teams directly. Not good for television and major revenues comes from tv so makes sense," Saurabh Paul: "Actually I don't mind the tournament format. Associates should be eased in as there would be more one sided games if they play big teams directly. Not good for television and major revenues comes from tv so makes sense." Saurabh, yes, but this is probably the best chance to give two more teams some exposure. T20, I believe, is the best vehicle for that. How do you ease a team to play with the rest otherwise? They have to play, no?

0.4

Tanwir Afzal to Khakurel, no run, well bowled! This one jags away from a length and squares up Khakurel. He is beaten

0.5

Tanwir Afzal to Khakurel, FOUR, wonderful shot! He plants his front foot out and uses a lot of bottom hand to punch this fuller delivery straight past mid-on. Very stylish shot

0.6

Tanwir Afzal to Khakurel, no run, he comes on the front foot and defends the length delivery towards leg side

End of over 1 (8 runs) Nepal 8/0 (RR: 8.00)
SP Khakurel    7* (4b 1x4)      Tanwir Afzal    1-0-8-0
Sagar Pun    1* (2b)     

In the past, we have had lots of fun on comms making puns on players names. However, what do you do with Sagar Pun? Meanwhile, Haseeb Amjad comes in to bowl

1.1

Haseeb Amjad to Sagar Pun, no run, good bounce for Haseeb! This one climbs from a length, but Pun does well to drop it down the pitch

1.2

Haseeb Amjad to Sagar Pun, 1 run, this one is fuller and Pun chooses to stay back to it, opens the face very late to run it to third man for a single

1.3

Haseeb Amjad to Khakurel, no run, oh that is hammered down the ground! It was full and wide and instead of choosing to go towards cover, Khakurel blasts it straight down the ground, but mid-off makes a good diving save

1.4

Haseeb Amjad to Khakurel, no run, more bounce from length this time, the batsman defends it to point

1.5

Haseeb Amjad to Khakurel, no run, well, he has seen enough! It was a length ball, swinging away, but Khakurel throws his bat like he wants to send it to the city, but makes no connection

1.6

Haseeb Amjad to Khakurel, FOUR, that bottom hand is on show again as Khakurel whips the length ball from middle stump to powerfully drive it through midwicket. Second boundary for Nepal

End of over 2 (5 runs) Nepal 13/0 (RR: 6.50)
SP Khakurel    11* (8b 2x4)      Haseeb Amjad    1-0-5-0
Sagar Pun    2* (4b)      Tanwir Afzal    1-0-8-0

The slip fielder has been removed

2.1

Tanwir Afzal to Sagar Pun, no run, what a ball that one! Takes off from a length and flies past the outside edge. Why don't they have that slip fielder?

2.2

Tanwir Afzal to Sagar Pun, 1 run, there you go! this one takes the edge and flies through second slip area, to third man

2.3

Tanwir Afzal to Khakurel, 1 run, he dabs the back of length delivery to midwicket for a quick single

2.4

Tanwir Afzal to Sagar Pun, 1 run, stays in the crease and works the back of length delivery towards square leg for another single. Good bounce on this pitch

2.5

Tanwir Afzal to Khakurel, FOUR, short this time and at 123 kph, that is not going to trouble anyone. The batsman comes forward, then leans backward to pull it away to the square leg boundary

2.6

Tanwir Afzal to Khakurel, no run, slower delivery on off stump, the batsman pushes it back to the bowler

End of over 3 (7 runs) Nepal 20/0 (RR: 6.66)
SP Khakurel    16* (11b 3x4)      Tanwir Afzal    2-0-15-0
Sagar Pun    4* (7b)      Haseeb Amjad    1-0-5-0

First change, Najeeb Amar to bowl some left-arm spin

3.1

Najeeb Amar to Sagar Pun, FOUR, and he is greeted with a dance down the pitch, the batsman smashes it over the umpire's head for a boundary

3.2

Najeeb Amar to Sagar Pun, 1 run, he stays in the crease and runs it down to short third man for a single

3.3

Najeeb Amar to Khakurel, 1 run, full and on the pads, Khakurel punches it firmly to wide long on for another single

3.4

Najeeb Amar to Sagar Pun, FOUR, they are not holding themselves back! This time it's Pun, choosing a lovely inside out drive over the infield. His first boundary

beck: "Can't say I agree with the easing in comment? Nepal plays countries like HK and UAE frequently. They have qualified for WC so probably now they should get a chance to run with the bigger dogs."

3.5

Najeeb Amar to Sagar Pun, no run, he comes forward and defends this one back down the pitch

3.6

Najeeb Amar to Sagar Pun, no run, charges out of the crease, but the bowler fires this one quicker on the blockhole. Pun digs it out towards cover

Hashim: "Whats the point of the associates if they have a big qualifying tournament to learn they have to requalify for the super 10s... Just set up a large tournament of like 16 teams and everyone's happy"

End of over 4 (10 runs) Nepal 30/0 (RR: 7.50)
Sagar Pun    13* (12b 2x4)      Najeeb Amar    1-0-10-0
SP Khakurel    17* (12b 3x4)      Tanwir Afzal    2-0-15-0

4.1

Haseeb Amjad to Khakurel, FOUR, Another one blasted to the leg side! Haseeb bowls a short one outside off, but he doesn't have much pace and the batsman uses a tennis forehand to whack it to the deep midwicket boundary

4.2

Haseeb Amjad to Khakurel, no run, he does beat the batsman this time! It was a similar delivery, but Khakurel goes for a loose poke and is beaten by the slight away movement

4.3

Haseeb Amjad to Khakurel, 1 wide, he pushes this one down the leg side and it's called a wide

Pranav Kamalaka: "With other associate teams, their batting doesn't quite convince me however their bowling looks good (teams like Afghanistan). But so far the shots played by the Nepalese batsmen look so sophisticated and assured, it's great to see..."

4.3

Haseeb Amjad to Khakurel, 1 run, good tight delivery on off stump, the batsman blocks it to the leg side for a quick single

4.4

Haseeb Amjad to Sagar Pun, OUT, Whatta catch! Sagar Pun perishes playing an aerial punch, but this one was hit hard, very hard and the fielder at cover does well to dive to his right and pouch the catch with both hands. First blow for Hong Kong

Sagar Pun c Waqas Barkat b Haseeb Amjad 13 (19m 13b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Gyanendra Malla is the new batsman

4.5

Haseeb Amjad to Malla, no run, he stays in the crease and punches the length delivery to cover

A slip in place for the new batsman

4.6

Haseeb Amjad to Malla, no run, he keeps it tight around off stump and Malla isn't in any hurry, defends this to the off side

End of over 5 (6 runs) Nepal 36/1 (RR: 7.20)
G Malla    0* (2b)      Haseeb Amjad    2-0-11-1
SP Khakurel    22* (15b 4x4)      Najeeb Amar    1-0-10-0

Another bowling change, it's Nadeem Ahmed

5.1

Nadeem Ahmed to Khakurel, OUT, he strikes first ball! Well, Khakurel has thrown it away. It's a full delivery, slightly flatter, and Khakurel looks to chip it over the mid-on fielder but is not able to get under it. He ends up lobbing it for the fielder at mid-on. Both openers have not departed after what looked like a very good start

SP Khakurel c Aizaz Khan b Nadeem Ahmed 22 (23m 16b 4x4 0x6) SR: 137.50

The captain has some job ahead of him. Here is Paras Khadka, whose best score is against Hong Kong

5.2

Nadeem Ahmed to Khadka, no run, pushed through on the stumps, the batsman defends it to the leg side

5.3

Nadeem Ahmed to Khadka, 1 wide, this one is fired a bit quicker, but it's down the leg side. A good take by the keeper prevents extras

5.3

Nadeem Ahmed to Khadka, FOUR, the captain is going to open with a boundary too! this one was tossed up outside off, but Khadka uses a slog sweep to lift it over wide mid-on

5.4

Nadeem Ahmed to Khadka, no run, stays in the crease and defends the length delivery down the pitch

5.5

Nadeem Ahmed to Khadka, 3 runs, the line is slightly leg sidish, which invites the sweep, but Khadka only manages to get a top edge that runs down fine on the leg side

Abhinav: "All the praises the Nepalese openers were receiving proved to be a curse on them as both have perished in quick succession"

5.6

Nadeem Ahmed to Malla, no run, full and flat on off, the batsman defends it to the leg side

Reza M. Galib: "Looks like 36 is a ominous score... !!! Afgans lost 3 wickets on 36 today... And now Nepal... 5 wickets on 36 ... !!! ... "

End of over 6 (8 runs) Nepal 44/2 (RR: 7.33)
G Malla    0* (3b)      Nadeem Ahmed    1-0-8-1
P Khadka    7* (4b 1x4)      Haseeb Amjad    2-0-11-1

Irfan Ahmed is the new bowler, who is known for his pace..He has got a slip in place for him. Long run up too

6.1

Irfan Ahmed to Khadka, 1 run, starts off with a length delivery just outside off, the batsman drops it to the off side and calls for a quick single

6.2

Irfan Ahmed to Malla, no run, bowls it just back of length and extracts good bounce from the pitch, it's defended to the off side

6.3

Irfan Ahmed to Malla, no run, he stays on the back foot to punch the 137 kph back of length delivery to point

6.4

Irfan Ahmed to Malla, 1 run, he has to hop on his toes as the bounce gets big on him, but smartly whips it towards square leg for a single

6.5

Irfan Ahmed to Khadka, no run, looks to pull the short ball from outside off, but it comes in a tough quicker on to the batsman, who is not able to get any timing on his shot

6.6

Irfan Ahmed to Khadka, 1 wide, he has been bowling outside off, but changes line this time. It ends up being a wide down the leg side

Nuf: "The problem with giving chance to all Associates is then it would lengthen the tournament. ICC should come up with a format where the Associates get to play 1 or 2 big teams. Probably choose 4 teams out of first round and then in 2nd round instead of all 4 playing all other teams in the group, one team could play half of their group, which would be 2 big teams."

6.6

Irfan Ahmed to Khadka, 1 run, he pulls this one to fine leg to keep the strike, but again, the bowler was veering towards the leg side

End of over 7 (4 runs) Nepal 48/2 (RR: 6.85)
P Khadka    9* (7b 1x4)      Irfan Ahmed    1-0-4-0
G Malla    1* (6b)      Nadeem Ahmed    1-0-8-1

Another change in bowling. Aizaz Khan is the new bowler

7.1

Aizaz Khan to Khadka, 1 wide, starts off with a short delivery down the leg side, the batsman attempts a pull and misses, but it's down the leg side anyway

7.1

Aizaz Khan to Khadka, 1 run, this time he corrects the line to just outside off. Khadka stays in the crease and punches it down to long off to bring up the team's 50

Christopher: "As a neutral Englishman, I am definitely backing Nepal in this match. They appear to have 11 Nepalis in their team, unlike some Associates (and England!) who have lots of ex-pats in their side. And it's silly to have this preliminary tournament, the World T20 should be a 16-team tournament like the 2007 World Cup - after all any side with a few decent spin bowlers in it can beat England! "

7.2

Aizaz Khan to Malla, 1 run, nicely played! He controls the bounce of this back of length delivery and steers it past point for a single

7.3

Aizaz Khan to Khadka, no run, good ball this time! He bowled this one from wide of the crease and the batsman can only punch it down the pitch

7.4

Aizaz Khan to Khadka, no run, short and wide outside off, Khadka surely loves to pull as he tries to drag the ball towards midwicket, but can't beat the fielder in the infield

7.5

Aizaz Khan to Khadka, no run, he waits on the back foot and punches the rising delivery straight to cover

7.6

Aizaz Khan to Khadka, no run, good tight stuff from Aizaz, who keeps firing it on off stump line. The batsman punches it to mid off

gaurav: "@nuf: if the icc is thinking to expand cricket then they should opt for a format like the fifa world cup, this format will just not be of benefit to the associates"

End of over 8 (3 runs) Nepal 51/2 (RR: 6.37)
P Khadka    10* (12b 1x4)      Aizaz Khan    1-0-3-0
G Malla    2* (7b)      Irfan Ahmed    1-0-4-0

8.1

Irfan Ahmed to Malla, no run, cracker of a delivery! It was quick at 140 kph, pitches around off, then swings away late to beat the defensive push

8.2

Irfan Ahmed to Malla, 1 run, some hesitation as Malla calls for a single to point and that could have been trouble has the throw from the fielder hit the stumps

8.3

Irfan Ahmed to Khadka, no run, he doesn't move his feet but drives the length delivery on the up, straight to point though

Charlie Smith: "Re: Christopher: Although many of the HK players Middle-Eastern or English in descent, most were born and/or spent most of their lives there. Many of them speak Cantonese. I agree their cricketing heritage comes from elsewhere, but they are most certainly '11 Hong Kongers'."

8.4

Irfan Ahmed to Khadka, no run, this is full and heading down the leg side, but Khadka was probably not expecting it and misses out on his flick, get hit on the pads

8.5

Irfan Ahmed to Khadka, 1 wide, this time it's further down the leg side

8.5

Irfan Ahmed to Khadka, 1 wide, this one is down the leg side too, Nepal wouldn't mind these extras

darren cook: "I think the qualifying group is an excellent idea, the 50 WC format has suffered from being far too long because of having too many teams in but this way the lesser teams get to play and if good enough progress to the main comp."

8.5

Irfan Ahmed to Khadka, 2 runs, this one is caressed through the covers, but there is protection in the deep! The bowler rolled his fingers trying to bowl it slower, but it was full and wide outside off

8.6

Irfan Ahmed to Khadka, no run, that's better from Irfan! Fast, short of length, seaming away. It beats the bat. Why bowl here and there, up and down, when you can do that with pace

End of over 9 (5 runs) Nepal 56/2 (RR: 6.22)
P Khadka    12* (16b 1x4)      Irfan Ahmed    2-0-9-0
G Malla    3* (9b)      Aizaz Khan    1-0-3-0

9.1

Aizaz Khan to Malla, no run, he walks right across to the off side to flick it fine, but makes no connection. It bounces over the leg stump

9.2

Aizaz Khan to Malla, 1 run, short delivery, the batsman pulls it in the air but doesn' t really get the timing he wants. That's good for him because there was a fielder in the deep and the ball reaches him after a bounce

9.3

Aizaz Khan to Khadka, 1 run, Khadka is very lucky here! He goes for his favourite pull, but the ball comes in too quickly into him. He gets a leading edge that just lobs behind the bowler

9.4

Aizaz Khan to Malla, 1 run, they all seem to be good with these low-grip shots! The fuller delivery is punched down the ground to long on by Malla with a lot of bottom hand

9.5

Aizaz Khan to Khadka, 1 run, he stays on the back foot and punches the back of length delivery to long off

9.6

Aizaz Khan to Malla, no run, he hops on his toes and flicks the back of length delivery, but is not able to beat the man at short fine leg

Don: "@Christopher - What wrong with having expats playing for a country not of their birth. Surely its about having the best players in your country representing your country rather than based on the race of the players. Most of them moved to different countries as children, and to tell them they can't follow their dreams and play cricket because they were not born in that country is thinly veiled xenophobia at best."

End of over 10 (4 runs) Nepal 60/2 (RR: 6.00)
G Malla    5* (13b)      Aizaz Khan    2-0-7-0
P Khadka    14* (18b 1x4)      Irfan Ahmed    2-0-9-0

Halfway there and it has been a mixed start for both teams..Najeeb Amar comes back to bowl his left-arm spin

10.1

Najeeb Amar to Khadka, 2 runs, pushed through to the off stump line, but the batsman goes back and punches it to wide long on for a well-run second

10.2

Najeeb Amar to Khadka, 1 leg bye, loud appeal for lbw as the batsman goes down on his knee to play the sweep, the umpire probably reckoned this one would have bounces over

10.3

Najeeb Amar to Malla, 1 run, he waits in the crease and wrists this one to midwicket for a quick single

10.4

Najeeb Amar to Khadka, FOUR, what an attractive shot that is! Khadka comes down the pitch, reaches the pitch of the delivery and plays a beautiful inside out drive over extra cover

10.5

Najeeb Amar to Khadka, 2 runs, Oh no! Najeeb did everything right but he doesn't have a wicket! He saw the batsman come down the pitch, slowed down the pace and foxed the batsman with it. Khadka went over the top anyway, but he didn't time that at all. It went straight to long on where the fielder dropped the sitter of sitters.

10.6

Najeeb Amar to Khadka, no run, he waits in the crease and defends this length delivery to off

End of over 11 (10 runs) Nepal 70/2 (RR: 6.36)
P Khadka    22* (23b 2x4)      Najeeb Amar    2-0-19-0
G Malla    6* (14b)      Aizaz Khan    2-0-7-0

11.1

Nadeem Ahmed to Malla, no run, he attempts a sweep from one bowled full and wide outside off, misses it as it passes under his bat

11.2

Nadeem Ahmed to Malla, 1 run, this one is outside off too, but not as full as the last one. The batsman chooses the sweep anyway and plays it to deep midwicket

11.3

Nadeem Ahmed to Khadka, 2 runs, nice wristy push from Khadka this time, they pick up a good two runs to deep midwicket

11.4

Nadeem Ahmed to Khadka, 1 run, he skips down the track and whacks the length delivery to deep midwicket for a single, didn't get any elevation in that shot

11.5

Nadeem Ahmed to Malla, 1 run, tossed up and full, the batsman makes room and drives it to long off for a single

11.6

Nadeem Ahmed to Khadka, 1 run, he uses his feet again, but the bowler bowls it flat. Khadka doesn't swing across the line, he punches it down to long on with a straight bat

End of over 12 (6 runs) Nepal 76/2 (RR: 6.33)
P Khadka    26* (26b 2x4)      Nadeem Ahmed    2-0-14-1
G Malla    8* (17b)      Najeeb Amar    2-0-19-0

Richard: "Xenophobia? Get real. I have no problem with players who represent the country they have lived most of their life my problem is with people who play just because their great grandparents were from there. Ben Cooper, for example, is playing for Netherlands even though he was born and raised in Australia with his brother Tom. He might never have even been to the Netherlands!"

12.1

Aizaz Khan to Khadka, 1 run, he starts off with a length delivery on off, the batsman comes forward and drives it to long off for a single

12.2

Aizaz Khan to Malla, FOUR, he shuffles across and thumps the fuller length delivery over midwicket with a cross-batted swipe. Good shot, as the ball was coming in with the angle

12.3

Aizaz Khan to Malla, 1 wide, he shuffles to the off side again, but the bowler pushes it down the leg side, too far down

12.3

Aizaz Khan to Malla, no run, here comes the scoop! the batsman goes all the way to the off side to try and ramp it over the keeper's head, but he makes no connection as the ball bounces a touch extra

12.4

Aizaz Khan to Malla, no run, he goes full this time, the batsman can only dig it out towards cover

kishan: "Regarding the format of the game: Initially ICC proposed 16 nations world cup, but I think it was BCCI which didn't wanted to lengthen the tournament as they have IPL coming after this. Having said that It would have been much fairer if they would have allowed two teams from each group to enter the main tournament."

12.5

Aizaz Khan to Malla, 1 run, tries to mow it over towards long on, but he gets it on the splice of the bat and ends up chipping it over the bowler's head for a single

12.6

Aizaz Khan to Khadka, FOUR, that has been clobbered! Full and outside off, but it doesn't matter as it's in Khadka hitting arc. He whacks it over midwicket to the cow corner where the fielder makes a valiant attempt, but lets it slip through to the boundary

End of over 13 (11 runs) Nepal 87/2 (RR: 6.69)
P Khadka    31* (28b 3x4)      Aizaz Khan    3-0-18-0
G Malla    13* (21b 1x4)      Nadeem Ahmed    2-0-14-1

13.1

Nadeem Ahmed to Malla, no run, oye hoye! A reverse sweep now, but it's too full and slides under the bat

13.2

Nadeem Ahmed to Malla, 1 run, he makes a lot of room to carve it over the off side, but the bowler smartly slows it down. The batsman is made to wait, but he only edges it to short third man for a single

13.3

Nadeem Ahmed to Khadka, 1 run, full and on the stumps, Khadka flicks it to deep midwicket for a single

13.4

Nadeem Ahmed to Malla, 1 run, he walks across to the offside and sweeps a full delivery from outside off to deep midwicket for a single

13.5

Nadeem Ahmed to Khadka, FOUR, he beats the man at long off with a powerful drive down the ground! He comes down the pitch, lifts it with a straight bat for yet another boundary

13.6

Nadeem Ahmed to Khadka, no run, now Khadka attempts a reverse paddle, but misses as it's wider than he anticipated

End of over 14 (7 runs) Nepal 94/2 (RR: 6.71)
P Khadka    36* (31b 4x4)      Nadeem Ahmed    3-0-21-1
G Malla    15* (24b 1x4)      Aizaz Khan    3-0-18-0

14.1

Irfan Ahmed to Malla, 1 wide, he starts the new over with a wide outside off, it's too far away and the batsman misses even as he tries to stretch and reach it

14.1

Irfan Ahmed to Malla, no run, he waits on the back foot and punches the length ball to cover

Lloyd: "@Richard: So, you would also object to Clarie Grimmett having played for Australia? Funny how things can look different when viewed from the other side.."

14.2

Irfan Ahmed to Malla, 2 runs, he stays in the crease and punches the back of length delivery to wide of long off and they come back for a second

14.3

Irfan Ahmed to Malla, FOUR, interesting! Very interesting! The batsman waits in the crease and some how summons enough energy to whack the length delivery over mid-off, didn't look like he was in control but that travelled far enough

14.4

Irfan Ahmed to Malla, 2 runs, now he goes for a heave to the leg side and gets a thick outside edge to third man, where a misfield allows for a second

14.5

Irfan Ahmed to Malla, FOUR, no doubt about this one though! It was short and Malla murders it with a muscular pull to the midwicket boundary

14.6

Irfan Ahmed to Malla, 1 run, he bowls a good yorker outside off and the batsman can only take a single to long off

Prabhat: "Nepal is playing all sorts of modern day's shots and are already showing they are good cricket team playing good cricket with same quality as other strong teams plays...I am feeling same "feel good " factor watching Nepal playing that I feel watching Australia,Srilanka and India playing.These guys deserve some attention and exposure."

End of over 15 (14 runs) Nepal 108/2 (RR: 7.20)
G Malla    28* (30b 3x4)      Irfan Ahmed    3-0-23-0
P Khadka    36* (31b 4x4)      Nadeem Ahmed    3-0-21-1

Last five overs, how far can these two push this

15.1

Haseeb Amjad to Malla, 1 run, he looks for a pull, but gets a top edge that lands safely behind the bowler

Shanker: "It's good see HK and Nepal getting an opportunity to play at this level. The quality of cricket also seems to be good enough. The question is - how do we sustain and ensure that these countries raise their levels in the next decade and become the Sri Lankas (or at least Bangladeshs) of world cricket - and do not become Kenyas and Netherlands"

15.2

Haseeb Amjad to Khadka, no run, what a good yorker that one! The batsman was moving to the leg side to make room, but he couldn't do anything about it, digs it out back towards the bowler

15.3

Haseeb Amjad to Khadka, 2 runs, another short ball, another powerful pull! This one floats in the air before landing safely at cow corner. They pick up a couple

15.4

Haseeb Amjad to Khadka, 1 run, length delivery on the stumps and Khadka whacks it across the line to deep midwicket for a single

This is the highest third-wicket stand for Nepal now

15.5

Haseeb Amjad to Malla, 1 run, fuller delivery on off stump, the batsman drives it firmly past the bowler, who does well to get out of the way

15.6

Haseeb Amjad to Khadka, 1 leg bye, a good slower delivery this time, the batsman was looking to pull it down fine on the leg side, but gets hit on the pads. They take extras for leg bye

End of over 16 (6 runs) Nepal 114/2 (RR: 7.12)
P Khadka    39* (35b 4x4)      Haseeb Amjad    3-0-16-1
G Malla    30* (32b 3x4)      Irfan Ahmed    3-0-23-0

16.1

Najeeb Amar to Khadka, 2 runs, another drop! Khadka is the beneficiary again. The batsman was beaten by the flight and slowness as he looked to power it down the ground. The fielder from extra cover ran backwards, but couldn't hold on to a catch. It should have been long off's catch ideally

16.2

Najeeb Amar to Khadka, OUT, no, his luck runs out this time! Again, Khadka looks to launch it out of the ground and makes a much better connection compared to the last ball, but can only hit it to long on. A good innings comes to an end

P Khadka c Nizakat Khan b Najeeb Amar 41 (47m 37b 4x4 0x6) SR: 110.81

16.3

Najeeb Amar to Malla, 2 runs, this time in three balls, the ball is up in the air as the batsman gets a thick top edge, but it falls safely at midwicket again. The bowler ran all the way, but couldn't get there in time

16.4

Najeeb Amar to Malla, FOUR, now he walks across to off and plays a powerful sweep shot that has enough legs to beat the deep backward square leg fielder

16.5

Najeeb Amar to Malla, 1 run, another powerful agricultural mow across the line, but it heads straight to the deep midwicket fielder

16.6

Najeeb Amar to Bhandari, 1 run, he waits for this one and dabs it to square leg for a single to keep the strike

Som: "The good thing for Nepal is they have wickets in hand to accelerate. 160 from here should be a good score."

End of over 17 (10 runs) Nepal 124/3 (RR: 7.29)
B Bhandari    1* (1b)      Najeeb Amar    3-0-29-1
G Malla    37* (35b 4x4)      Haseeb Amjad    3-0-16-1

17.1

Nadeem Ahmed to Bhandari, OUT, they are on the fast lane and not slowing down! This one was full and the batsman threw his bat at it anyway, but only manages to hit it high, not long. It sails up in the night sky, and the fielder running in from long on manages to hold on to a smart catch

B Bhandari c Waqas Barkat b Nadeem Ahmed 1 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

17.2

Nadeem Ahmed to Malla, 1 run, too full this time, the batsman goes down on his knee and sweeps it firmly to deep backward square leg

17.3

Nadeem Ahmed to Vesawkar, no run, slower this time from the bowler, the batsman is not able to get it away

17.4

Nadeem Ahmed to Vesawkar, 2 runs, this is a low full toss and it's driven straight down the ground for a comfortable couple

17.5

Nadeem Ahmed to Vesawkar, 2 runs, A misfield followed by a brilliant piece of work by the long off fielder! It was driven all along the ground, straight to extra cover, who allowed it to pass through, but the fielder in the deep dived across to prevent a certain boundary

17.6

Nadeem Ahmed to Vesawkar, no run, goes for a reverse sweep, but hit straight to the short third man fielder

Uwaisul Karnain: "It was a wonderful batting display from Khadka and Malla as they batted with lot of maturity. Now can Nepal finish it in style?"

End of over 18 (5 runs) Nepal 129/4 (RR: 7.16)
S Vesawkar    4* (4b)      Nadeem Ahmed    4-0-26-2
G Malla    38* (36b 4x4)      Najeeb Amar    3-0-29-1

Irfan starts off the 19th

18.1

Irfan Ahmed to Malla, 1 run, it's a good yorker on the middle stump that the batsman manages to squeeze out towards cover for a single

18.2

Irfan Ahmed to Vesawkar, 1 run, another good delivery and the batsman hits it straight to cover, but takes off for a single anyway. Had that hit, he would have been out by a mile

18.3

Irfan Ahmed to Malla, 1 run, slower delivery wide outside off, makes the batsman wait and he can only push it as far as cover

18.4

Irfan Ahmed to Vesawkar, no run, full and pacy outside off, the batsman went for a full-blooded heave, but plays down the wrong line

18.5

Irfan Ahmed to Vesawkar, FOUR, another heave to a full delivery and it gets him a boundary! He was looking to hit it down the ground, but ends up slicing it over point and the ball trickles to the rope

18.6

Irfan Ahmed to Vesawkar, FOUR, much better this time from the batsman! It's a similar delivery and ends up as a boundary in the same area, but the intent was to hit it to that side this time, hence the improved timing

End of over 19 (11 runs) Nepal 140/4 (RR: 7.36)
S Vesawkar    13* (8b 2x4)      Irfan Ahmed    4-0-34-0
G Malla    40* (38b 4x4)      Nadeem Ahmed    4-0-26-2

One more over to go. Can Nepal push it closer to 160?

19.1

Haseeb Amjad to Malla, SIX, whoa! That's the first six of the innings! It was an attempted yorker that ended up being a low full toss, but that was some shot to pick that up with a powerful bottom hand and send it over cow corner

19.2

Haseeb Amjad to Malla, 2 runs, goes for a pull, but doesn't get his timing right. The ball falls short of long on and they come back for a second

19.3

Haseeb Amjad to Malla, OUT, another short ball, another pull, but this one ends the wonderful innings as Malla top edges it for the bowler to run a few paces and take a simple catch. Malla misses his half century by a couple of runs but he has given the innings some useful impetus

G Malla c & b Haseeb Amjad 48 (64m 41b 4x4 1x6) SR: 117.07

19.4

Haseeb Amjad to Vesawkar, 1 run, OUT, another wicket as Nepal look for extra runs! The batsman punches the wide delivery to deep cover and looks for a second, but that was always going to be tight as it went straight to the fielder. Vesawkar was comfortably short of the crease

S Vesawkar run out 14 (10m 9b 2x4 0x6) SR: 155.55

19.5

Haseeb Amjad to Budayair, OUT, make it three in three! The batsman goes for something too cute by going across the stumps to sweep a yorker, but looses his off stump. Hong Kong are doing well to limit the damage in this over

NB Budayair b Haseeb Amjad 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

19.6

Haseeb Amjad to Gauchan, OUT, well, four wickets in four deliveries! Another run out. The bowler finishes with an excellent yorker that the batsman digs out back towards him. It was the last ball so Nepal looked for a single anyway, but no way the bowler was going to miss hitting the stumps from a close range..

SP Gauchan run out 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

The last over started in the same vein as much of the innings, but Hong Kong would be elated with those last four wickets that probably has just about given them the boost they need before the chase. A solid effort from the Nepal batsmen though. Paras Khadka and Gyanendra Malla's partnership of 80 in 67 balls was the bedrock of the innings. Can Hong Kong respond in the same manner? Back in a bit for the chase

End of over 20 (9 runs) Nepal 149/8
     Haseeb Amjad    4-0-25-3
B Regmi    0* (0b)      Irfan Ahmed    4-0-34-0
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Mar 16, 2014

Jitendra Mukhiya celebrates the final Hong Kong wicket, Hong Kong v Nepal, World T20, Qualifying Group A, Chittagong, March 16, 2014

Jitendra Mukhiya celebrates the final Hong Kong wicket

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Shakti Gauchan finished with 3 for 9, Hong Kong v Nepal, World T20, Qualifying Group A, Chittagong, March 16, 2014

Shakti Gauchan finished with 3 for 9

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