World T20 - 9th match, First Round Group A

Afghanistan v Nepal

Nepal won by 9 runs

Subash Khakurel and Sagar Pun walk to the crease. The Afghan fielders have already taken their positions. Shapoor Zadran will kick off the proceedings..Khakurel, the right-hander, on strike. Aleem Dar signals play

Meanwhile, Martin Crowe and Daryll Cullinan will be previewing the World T20 live on Match Point at 1000 GMT (30 minutes from now). Do tune in then. The video will show up on the right-hand side, three o'clock from here ..

Ten minutes away from the start, the teams are readying themselves for the national anthems for one last time in the tournament (well, unless Hong Kong pull off a monumental upset). Not many people in the stands though, but I see there are a few Afghan flags and a smattering of Nepalese supporters.

2.30 pm Afghanistan have won the toss and they will bowl. Nepal are fielding an unchanged side for the match, while Afghanistan have made a number of changes. Hotak, Alam (he didn't play the last match), Gulbadin, Tarakai have been left out of the 15-member squad. For people who like to know everything, yes, there is rain in the air (tells me a local), although there isn't a cloud in the sky at the moment..

Mohammad Nabi's reasoning for bowling first is that he thinks it's the best way of putting pressure on Nepal. Paras Khadka says he doesn't mind batting first under bright conditions.

Ike: "Anyone else love Nepal board's initials? CAN! Awesome. Yes you CAN Nepal! 2-1 won't be a bad debut! Go CAN! GO! "

"You forgot to mention two countries where cricket is actually popular but they are not a test team. The likes of Netherlands and Canada will never be test teams simply because so few people in the countries cares about cricket. But Nepal and especially Afghanistan have realistic prospects of being test teams just because of how popular cricket is in those countries. One borders Pakistan, the other borders India. They are in the melting pot of cricket's stronghold." That's true Adrian.

Rajan : "Nonetheless, we hope we have definitely left a footmark in this world cup. Instead of hoping financial support from other cricketing board, if only Nepal government take this game seriously. This team and its passionate fans has lot to offer to this game in near future. We hope a win here will add value. Our cricketers should always need to take some positives and learn...no vengeance in mind with the rivals. "

2.45 pm Two upcoming cricketing nations, two teams that excite, two teams that vindicate the game's expansionists, two teams that come from predominantly mountainous terrains, two teams that are similar but different, two teams that have a budding rivalry. The chances to progress to the next round may almost be over for Afghanistan and Nepal but for the two new teams that are capturing the imagination of fans the world over, it's one last chance to dazzle. Afghanistan have had an upper hand in the contests between the two, but the way Nepal competed with the bat against Bangladesh and demolished Hong Kong with the ball, there is more to them. Here's our preview of the game.

Yam Thapa: "Great Opportunity for Nepal to take a revenge with their traditional rivals Afghanistan. I would love to see Nepal beat Afghans with a big margin and wish Hong Kong for the First Victory to finish their World Cup tour"

Mark: "Both sides need a huge win and to hope that Bangladesh have a (very unlikely) brainstorm against Hong Kong. Things look better for Nepal who have a good, positive NRR, although well behind Bangladesh's. Afghanistan start with a NRR almost 4 behind Bangladesh - they need a double miracle. Bat first. Put up a huge score and hope to bowl out the opposition very cheaply. It's the tactic that both side have to employ. And a prayer or two for a miracle would not go amiss here."


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0.1

Shapoor Zadran to Khakurel, no run, he gets this one to jag back into the right hander and smacks the pads..only that this was swinging down the leg side.

One slip in place

0.2

Shapoor Zadran to Khakurel, 1 run, this one is angled across the right hander, who sticks his bat out and guides this down to third man

0.3

Shapoor Zadran to Sagar Pun, no run, gets some inwards swing after pitching on off stump line, the batsman covers the line, comes forward and defends it to off

0.4

Shapoor Zadran to Sagar Pun, 1 run, he stands tall and slashes this shortish delivery over point, but he doesn't get much timing on this. The third man fielder comes around and does the clean up

0.5

Shapoor Zadran to Khakurel, 1 run, he goes full outside off this time, the batsman slices it past point down to that fielder at third man again

0.6

Shapoor Zadran to Sagar Pun, no run, back of length this time, it's tight around off stump and rises up a bit. The batsman does well to get behind it and defend it to point

End of over 1 (3 runs) Nepal 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
Sagar Pun    1* (3b)      Shapoor Zadran    1-0-3-0
SP Khakurel    2* (3b)     

Dawlat Zadran to start

1.1

Dawlat Zadran to Khakurel, 2 leg byes, bowls this one from wide of the crease, the batsman looks to clip it to the leg side, but this skids off the thigh pad down to fine leg

1.2

Dawlat Zadran to Khakurel, no run, back of length outside off, 142 kph, some away movement too, the batsman stays back and defends it to off

1.3

Dawlat Zadran to Khakurel, no run, this one keeps coming in with the angle from wide of the crease, the batsman defends it to midwicket

1.4

Dawlat Zadran to Khakurel, 1 run, a good sharp short ball aimed at the right shoulder! The batsman is not able to get totally behind it and it flies of the shoulder of the bat down to third man. That could have gone anywhere, the batsman is a touch lucky

1.5

Dawlat Zadran to Sagar Pun, no run, on a length around off stump, the batsman defends it back to the bowler

1.6

Dawlat Zadran to Sagar Pun, FOUR, wonderful strike! The bowler marginally pitches this up and Pun doesn't need a second invitation, he slices it over point for the team's first boundary

End of over 2 (7 runs) Nepal 10/0 (RR: 5.00)
Sagar Pun    5* (5b 1x4)      Dawlat Zadran    1-0-5-0
SP Khakurel    3* (7b)      Shapoor Zadran    1-0-3-0

2.1

Shapoor Zadran to Khakurel, no run, he tries to drive it through cover, but doesn't take his feet forward, therefore doesn't get the punch behind that. The cover fielder slides and makes the stop

2.2

Shapoor Zadran to Khakurel, 1 run, another single to third man as the batsman steers this length delivery down to him

2.3

Shapoor Zadran to Sagar Pun, no run, he is keeping it tight around off, the batsman defends it to cover point off the back foot

2.4

Shapoor Zadran to Sagar Pun, no run, he stays in the crease and punches the length delivery to cover point. Still no runs coming. Shapoor is doing well keeping it tight around off stump

2.5

Shapoor Zadran to Sagar Pun, 1 run, this one takes a thick outside edge as Pun looks to defend this short of length delivery, it runs down to third man for a single

2.6

Shapoor Zadran to Khakurel, 1 run, whoa!! Fielding hasn't been Afghanistan's problem but this has to go down as a drop even though no one got near it! Khakurel cleared his front leg out and wanted to cream this over cover, but got no timing and gently lobbed it towards wide mid-off. The two fielders converging from either side were busy looking at each other..

End of over 3 (3 runs) Nepal 13/0 (RR: 4.33)
SP Khakurel    5* (10b)      Shapoor Zadran    2-0-6-0
Sagar Pun    6* (8b 1x4)      Dawlat Zadran    1-0-5-0

3.1

Dawlat Zadran to Khakurel, 1 run, gives himself some room and punches this to wide mid-off for a single

3.2

Dawlat Zadran to Sagar Pun, 1 run, a loud appeal for lbw as Pun gets hit on the pads, but this was going high, going down the leg side, and there was an inside edge too

3.3

Dawlat Zadran to Khakurel, 1 run, shortish delivery on the pads, the batsman looks to pull, but the ball hurries on to him and he ends up dabbing it towards square leg

3.4

Dawlat Zadran to Sagar Pun, 1 run, a good delivery this one! Comes in and cramps the batsman for room. He ends up chopping it towards the keeper, but the non-striker for alert and called for a quick single

3.5

Dawlat Zadran to Khakurel, 1 no ball, he has overstepped! He did this in the last match too. The batsman's firm drive to mid-off had nothing to do with the call I suspect

Free- hit

3.5

Dawlat Zadran to Khakurel, 1 run, now they take a catch at extra cover but it's not going to bring any cheer. The batsman looked to slap it over cover, but this short ball got big on him and he ended up top edging to the off side

3.6

Dawlat Zadran to Sagar Pun, OUT, the extra ball has done the damage! Pun, when he made contact with the ball, looked like he had got the timing to take it over mid-off, but no. Nabi takes a simple head high catch there and Nepal, apart from being slow today, have lost a wicket too

Sagar Pun c Mohammad Nabi b Dawlat Zadran 8 (18m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 72.72

End of over 4 (6 runs) Nepal 19/1 (RR: 4.75)
     Dawlat Zadran    2-0-11-1
SP Khakurel    8* (14b)      Shapoor Zadran    2-0-6-0

Gyanendra Malla is the new man

4.1

Shapoor Zadran to Khakurel, no run, back of length delivery on off, the batsman stays in the crease and defends to cover

4.2

Shapoor Zadran to Khakurel, no run, stays a touch low and the batsman is surprised as he gets an inside edge on that to the leg side

4.3

Shapoor Zadran to Khakurel, no run, too quick for the batsman! He looks to whip this to the leg side but gets hurried by it and ends up pushing it down the pitch

4.4

Shapoor Zadran to Khakurel, no run, moves to the leg side to create room but gets beaten as this short of length delivery flies past the outside edge. That was delivery at 138 kph but looked faster than that

4.5

Shapoor Zadran to Khakurel, FOUR, he breaks the sequence of dots with a cross-batted mow. Not entirely in control of that but he manages to whack this over midwicket for a boundary

Square leg drops back..

4.6

Shapoor Zadran to Khakurel, FOUR, this one is gorgeous! He clears his front leg out of the way and crunches this length delivery straight down the ground. Who's moving? Nobody.

End of over 5 (8 runs) Nepal 27/1 (RR: 5.40)
SP Khakurel    16* (20b 2x4)      Shapoor Zadran    3-0-14-0
G Malla    0* (0b)      Dawlat Zadran    2-0-11-1

We'll have a change in bowling here. Samiullah Shenwari comes in to bowl his legspin

5.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Malla, FOUR, beautifully driven through extra cover! The infield is crowded but Malla takes advantage of a full and flighted delivery by driving it expertly through the gap

5.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Malla, no run, this is a poor shot! He looks to hoick the flatter delivery agains the spin and gets completly beaten

5.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Malla, no run, creates room and punches this to extra cover..Too many fielders there now after that first boundary. Five in all

5.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Malla, FOUR, wow! He is keen to find that extra cover boundary. This one is over the field, only just though. But this is well hit, as he went along with the spin

5.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Malla, FOUR, forces the bowler to shorten his length, then whacks it over mid-on with a horizontal bat. Good thinking there by Malla

5.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Malla, SIX, this is massive! It hits the boundary boards over long-on! What an over for Nepal! Malla somehow was expecting this to be tossed up. He just stretches out and thwacks it over long-on

End of over 6 (18 runs) Nepal 45/1 (RR: 7.50)
G Malla    18* (6b 3x4 1x6)      Samiullah Shenwari    1-0-18-0
SP Khakurel    16* (20b 2x4)      Shapoor Zadran    3-0-14-0

Mirwais Ashraf comes in to bowl some medium pace

6.1

Mirwais Ashraf to Khakurel, no run, gentle length delivery on off, the batsman defends it to the leg side

6.2

Mirwais Ashraf to Khakurel, 1 run, fuller delivery on the stumps, the batsman pushes it to long on for an easy single

6.3

Mirwais Ashraf to Malla, no run, fuller delivery on off, the batsman looks to punch it through the leg side, but gets squared up a touch and ends up pushing it to mid-off

6.4

Mirwais Ashraf to Malla, no run, length delivery, Malla pushes it to cover

6.5

Mirwais Ashraf to Malla, no run, he looks for a yorker and bowls a low full toss that is punched back to the bowler. The batsman misses out

6.6

Mirwais Ashraf to Malla, 3 runs, great work by the fielder at deep extra cover! That was driven with a lot of timing and looked set to reach the boundary, but Shafiqullah times his dive to perfection and saves a run

Madhav: "Though Paras has been the most successful batsmen in Nepal's cricket history, but Gyanendra Malla has always been the most technically sound batsmen right up there with Paras. Time to fulfill the promise.

End of over 7 (4 runs) Nepal 49/1 (RR: 7.00)
G Malla    21* (10b 3x4 1x6)      Mirwais Ashraf    1-0-4-0
SP Khakurel    17* (22b 2x4)      Samiullah Shenwari    1-0-18-0

Another change. Nabi brings himself on

7.1

Mohammad Nabi to Malla, 1 run, tossed up from over the wicket, but this is on the pads and the batsman nudges it to midwicket for a single that brings up the team's fifty

7.2

Mohammad Nabi to Khakurel, 1 run, works it away off his pads to square leg

7.3

Mohammad Nabi to Malla, no run, on the middle and leg stump line again, the batsman pushes it back to the bowler

7.4

Mohammad Nabi to Malla, OUT, a soft dismissal this one! Malla, who looked so good in the first over, surrenders with an unnecessarily risky shot. Nabi kept it around the middle and leg line but Malla tries to drag it to the off side with a reverse-sweep only to get a thick top edge that lobs up gently for the fielder at short third man. That was in fact a switch-hit.

G Malla c Nawroz Mangal b Mohammad Nabi 22 (17m 13b 3x4 1x6) SR: 169.23

The captain is the new man

7.5

Mohammad Nabi to Khakurel, no run, pushed through on the pads, the batsman pushes it to midwicket

7.6

Mohammad Nabi to Khakurel, no run, flatter and shorter on off, the batsman stays in the crease and punches it to mid on

End of over 8 (2 runs) Nepal 51/2 (RR: 6.37)
SP Khakurel    18* (25b 2x4)      Mohammad Nabi    1-0-2-1
P Khadka    0* (0b)      Mirwais Ashraf    1-0-4-0

8.1

Mirwais Ashraf to Khadka, no run, length delivery on off, the batsman stays solidly behind it and defends it down the pitch

8.2

Mirwais Ashraf to Khadka, no run, he stands upright and punches this length delivery back to the bowler again

8.3

Mirwais Ashraf to Khadka, no run, leans into this fuller delivery to drive it through cover, but doesn't get much timing behind that

8.4

Mirwais Ashraf to Khadka, 1 run, he looks to punch this through leg side, but gets an inside edge towards midwicket and calls for a quick single

"Gyanendra Malla always starts well but seems does not have temperament to cash it to long inning ..need to work on that " says Gyanendra

8.5

Mirwais Ashraf to Khakurel, 1 run, length delivery on off, the batsman punches it to cover for a single

8.6

Mirwais Ashraf to Khadka, OUT, the captain has to go! After solidly getting behind the last few deliveries, he attempts to go across the line to a straight length ball and pays the price. He gets a thick inside edge that flattens the stumps. Joy for Mirwais, who is playing his first match in the tournament. No inside edge actually, he just missed it completely to lose his off stick

P Khadka b Mirwais Ashraf 1 (5m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

End of over 9 (2 runs) Nepal 53/3 (RR: 5.88)
     Mirwais Ashraf    2-0-6-1
SP Khakurel    19* (26b 2x4)      Mohammad Nabi    1-0-2-1

Vesawkar is the new man. He played so well against Bangladesh the other night

9.1

Mohammad Nabi to Khakurel, 1 run, floated up on the pads, the batsman pushes it to midwicket

9.2

Mohammad Nabi to Vesawkar, no run, tossed up on the stumps, the batsman comes forward and defends

9.3

Mohammad Nabi to Vesawkar, no run, comes forward to defend, but gets an inside edge on to his pads

9.4

Mohammad Nabi to Vesawkar, no run, sweeps this one straight to short fine leg

9.5

Mohammad Nabi to Vesawkar, no run, on the middle stump line, the batsman comes forward and defends

9.6

Mohammad Nabi to Vesawkar, 1 run, he punches this in the air to the left of the bowler, lands safely for him, but he was not in control of that at all

End of over 10 (2 runs) Nepal 55/3 (RR: 5.50)
S Vesawkar    1* (5b)      Mohammad Nabi    2-0-4-1
SP Khakurel    20* (27b 2x4)      Mirwais Ashraf    2-0-6-1

Six runs in the last three overs

10.1

Mirwais Ashraf to Vesawkar, no run, he floats is up wide outside off to tempt the batsman who lets it go through to the keeper

James: "Surprised to see Mirwais hasn't previously played in this competition. I thought he did really well in the Asia Cup."

10.2

Mirwais Ashraf to Vesawkar, no run, a loose shot outside off! The batsman looks to punch this back of length delivery through off without getting behind the line, it flies past the outside edge

10.3

Mirwais Ashraf to Vesawkar, 1 leg bye, a touch on the pads, and the batsman looks to clip it fine on the leg side, but that hits his thigh pad and rolls towards short fine leg

10.4

Mirwais Ashraf to Khakurel, 1 run, this one comes in a touch after pitching. The batsman gets an inside edge on to his pads and comes through for a single

10.5

Mirwais Ashraf to Vesawkar, no run, another loose shot by the batsman! He makes no effort to cover the line and tries to slash that back of length delivery to be beaten

10.6

Mirwais Ashraf to Vesawkar, 1 run, comes forward and dabs this length delivery to midwicket for a quick single

End of over 11 (3 runs) Nepal 58/3 (RR: 5.27)
S Vesawkar    2* (10b)      Mirwais Ashraf    3-0-8-1
SP Khakurel    21* (28b 2x4)      Mohammad Nabi    2-0-4-1

11.1

Karim Sadiq to Vesawkar, 2 runs, short and wide delivery first up from Karim, that is whacked through backward point and Dawlat, running in from deep point, sticks his boot out to keep that in

11.2

Karim Sadiq to Vesawkar, no run, quicker delivery on off stump, punched back to the bowler off the back foot

11.3

Karim Sadiq to Vesawkar, no run, steps out of the crease and punches this quicker delivery to extra cover

11.4

Karim Sadiq to Vesawkar, FOUR, tossed up for the first time and Vesawkar goes over the top, lifting it over the umpire's head for a boundary. Not much timing behind that, but it was hit very straight

11.5

Karim Sadiq to Vesawkar, 1 run, comes down the pitch and chips this one over to long off for a singel

11.6

Karim Sadiq to Khakurel, no run, quicker delivery that stays a touch low, the batsman dabs it towards midwicket

End of over 12 (7 runs) Nepal 65/3 (RR: 5.41)
SP Khakurel    21* (29b 2x4)      Karim Sadiq    1-0-7-0
S Vesawkar    9* (15b 1x4)      Mirwais Ashraf    3-0-8-1

Muteeb Butt: "Nepal keeps wickets in hand plays at average of around 6 an over, but the problem comes when they needs to accelerate there are unable to do so. Associates ending with 5 wickets remaining or 4 wickets remaining clearly don't utilise their wickets well, Netherlands yesterday 140/5, Nepal vs BL also low score while 5 wickets in hand."

12.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Vesawkar, (no ball) 1 run, tossed up on the pads, the batsman flicks it to deep square leg for a single. And Shenwari, after giving away 18 in his first, oversteps.. As a spinner, as they say, this is a crime.

Free-hit

12.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Khakurel, 1 run, it's full and it's quick, that's a good ball and the batsman can only dig it out to square leg for a single

12.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Vesawkar, 1 run, flatter and quicker on the stumps, the batsman punches it down to long off for a single

Roger: "Didn't have a way. Then found their way. Suddenly lost their way. They're on their way to scoring even less than UAE's 123 yesterday."

12.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Khakurel, 1 run, he premeditatedly goes down on his knee to paddle it fine, but gets a top edge down to short fine leg for a sinle

12.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Vesawkar, 1 run, moves away to the leg side to create room and squeezes the flatter delivery to deep point

12.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Khakurel, no run, shorter, but quicker too, the batsman punches it straight to extra cover

12.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Khakurel, no run, more of a seam-up delivery this one! It's quicker too. The batsman looks to clip it to the leg side, but hits it straight to short fine leg

End of over 13 (6 runs) Nepal 71/3 (RR: 5.46)
SP Khakurel    23* (33b 2x4)      Samiullah Shenwari    2-0-24-0
S Vesawkar    12* (18b 1x4)      Karim Sadiq    1-0-7-0

Kapil: "The shots from Malla and Khadka were so poor, that you feel that these teams are long long way away from getting anywhere close to regular status. First get your basics right and get the temperament to compete."

13.1

Karim Sadiq to Vesawkar, 1 run, he goes round the wicket and fires it full on off stump, the batsman digs it out to cover for a single

13.2

Karim Sadiq to Khakurel, 1 wide, down the leg side this one and it's called a wide

13.2

Karim Sadiq to Khakurel, 1 wide, not the right line, another one fired down the leg side

Back over the stumps

13.2

Karim Sadiq to Khakurel, no run, bowls it full outside off, the batsman pushes it to cover

13.3

Karim Sadiq to Khakurel, no run, looks to paddle this too early, but only manages to get a faint tickle to short fine leg

13.4

Karim Sadiq to Khakurel, FOUR, this is full and in the zone of hitting. Khakurel has spent enough time to take advantage, he hammers it back over the bowler's head

13.5

Karim Sadiq to Khakurel, no run, good follow-up delivery, it's quick and straight, the batsman defends it down the pitch

13.6

Karim Sadiq to Khakurel, 1 run, he drags this from off stump down to long on for a single

perplexed: "Muteeb, that would make sense if the 5 wickets remaining were any good. But it stands to reason that if the first 5 cant do it, the last 5 wont be doing it either."

End of over 14 (8 runs) Nepal 79/3 (RR: 5.64)
SP Khakurel    28* (38b 3x4)      Karim Sadiq    2-0-15-0
S Vesawkar    13* (19b 1x4)      Samiullah Shenwari    2-0-24-0

Teddy: "I just realised if Afghanistan don't win this by a huge margin, then we may see Bangladesh go for it and set a new runs scored record against HK, providing they bat first, of course"

14.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Khakurel, 1 no ball, tossed up and it's almost a yorker, the batsman digs it out back to Shenwari

14.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Khakurel, 2 runs, flatter outside off, there is no turn so the batsman manages to chip it over extra cover for a couple of runs

Sriganesh Murth: "I feel we need to cut some slack for the Nepali players. It's after all a T20 match, and it isn't uncommon for even reputed batsmen to get out off inside edges and failed reverse sweeps."

14.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Khakurel, 1 run, high full toss outside off, the batsman misses out on some free runs as he gets a thick outside edge to short third man.. He was looking to hit it through cover

14.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Vesawkar, 1 run, again, tries to hard to whack it down the ground, but only hits it straight to long on

Toby Pearl: "In this stage of the tournament its good to only see that one team has been bowled out! This has been a vast improvement. Mind you England have to play yet.... Dont forget Nepal and Hong Kong are on debut! So they will be cautious."

14.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Khakurel, SIX, finally one ends up over the boundary! He moves across to the off side and gets a short ball to boot. He whacks it really hard over the short fine leg fielder and that goes all the way

14.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Khakurel, FOUR, this one is fortunate! He gets a thick outside edge that just evades the diving gully fielder and runs down the boundary

14.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Khakurel, 1 wide, quicker delivery outside off, it should have been hit. But this one is outside the wide marker. Nepal wouldn't mind

14.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Khakurel, no run, fuller delivery outside off, the batsman drives it back to the bowler

beenod: "Kapil, every player at times play or tend to play poor shot and the shot selction in one or few matches doesn't take your credibility of being a good batsman. That's very harsh and poor judgement."

End of over 15 (16 runs) Nepal 95/3 (RR: 6.33)
SP Khakurel    41* (44b 4x4 1x6)      Samiullah Shenwari    3-0-40-0
S Vesawkar    14* (20b 1x4)      Karim Sadiq    2-0-15-0

Nabi comes back

15.1

Mohammad Nabi to Vesawkar, FOUR, another outside edge! Another boundary as Hamza puts in the dive too early at third man and sees the ball roll over.. He could have stopped that as the ball was slowing down..

15.2

Mohammad Nabi to Vesawkar, 2 runs, this one is from the middle of the bat and punched to long on, but a sloppy bit of fielding there allows the batsman to come back for a second.. he just ran over the ball

15.3

Mohammad Nabi to Vesawkar, no run, comes down the pitch and smashes it back to the bowler, who does well to stop that

15.4

Mohammad Nabi to Vesawkar, FOUR, now there is some power on that! It was full on off, Vesawkar goes deep in the crease and smashes it through the left of the bowler for another boundary. Long-off had not chance to stop that

15.5

Mohammad Nabi to Vesawkar, 2 runs, moves to the leg side and drives this full delivery past extra cover for a couple of runs

15.6

Mohammad Nabi to Vesawkar, FOUR, more runs! Keep them coming.. This is a length delivery that the batsman just carts over the midwicket fielder! No spin, but even if there was, he was going with it.. Super shot

Leon: "If Nepal get to 140+, then Afghanistan are in trouble. Win or lose their tournament is likely to have ended."

End of over 16 (16 runs) Nepal 111/3 (RR: 6.93)
S Vesawkar    30* (26b 4x4)      Mohammad Nabi    3-0-20-1
SP Khakurel    41* (44b 4x4 1x6)      Samiullah Shenwari    3-0-40-0

Afghanistan bring back pace.. Here is Dawlat

16.1

Dawlat Zadran to Khakurel, 2 runs, he makes room and slices the short of length delivery over point for another couple of runs

16.2

Dawlat Zadran to Khakurel, FOUR, the mid-off fielder is up and Nepal take advantage! This was a slightly slower ball but the batsman spotted that and lifts it over the infield. It just beats the mid-off fielder but this outfield is quick enough to take it to the boundary

16.3

Dawlat Zadran to Khakurel, 1 run, another slower delivery, this time the batsman squeezes it down to third man

16.4

Dawlat Zadran to Vesawkar, no run, this one is a good slower ball, right in the block hole. The batsman does well to jam it out back down the pitch

16.5

Dawlat Zadran to Vesawkar, 1 run, another attempted slower ball, but this is a full toss that the batsman drags straight to midwicket! Could have gone anywhere really. But he is also struggling to complete the run here. Just makes it in time, the replays show

16.6

Dawlat Zadran to Khakurel, FOUR, another boundary! Well done Khakurel, who gets to his half-century, with a sliced boundary through backward point. The floodgates have opened for Nepal.

44 runs in last three overs... That is some acceleration..

End of over 17 (12 runs) Nepal 123/3 (RR: 7.23)
SP Khakurel    52* (48b 6x4 1x6)      Dawlat Zadran    3-0-23-1
S Vesawkar    31* (28b 4x4)      Mohammad Nabi    3-0-20-1

17.1

Mirwais Ashraf to Vesawkar, 1 run, length delivery that follows the batsman as he tries to make room, the batsman punches it to midwicket for a single

17.2

Mirwais Ashraf to Khakurel, 1 run, he makes room but gets cramped for room as the bowler chases him with a short of length delivery, he dabs it to point for a quick single

17.3

Mirwais Ashraf to Vesawkar, 1 run, that was honing in on the middle stump, the batsman digs it out to off side for a single.

17.4

Mirwais Ashraf to Khakurel, no run, a very good slower delivery, completely messes with the batsman's mental computations. He swings across the line but makes no connection

17.5

Mirwais Ashraf to Khakurel, 2 runs, good work at deep midwicket by Karim Sadiq, who dives full length to prevent a certain boundary. The batsman pulled it hard with enough timing, but he will have to settle with a couple

17.6

Mirwais Ashraf to Khakurel, 1 run, comes down the pitch and lofts this length delivery to long on for a single

End of over 18 (6 runs) Nepal 129/3 (RR: 7.16)
SP Khakurel    56* (52b 6x4 1x6)      Mirwais Ashraf    4-0-14-1
S Vesawkar    33* (30b 4x4)      Dawlat Zadran    3-0-23-1

Shapoor come back.. Round the wicket

18.1

Shapoor Zadran to Khakurel, OUT, that is the end of Khakurel's fantastic effort! He looks to heave the length delivery to the deep midwicket boundary but gets more height than length on that.. Ashgar Stanikzai does very well to run back from midwicket and grab that comfortably in the end

SP Khakurel c Asghar Stanikzai b Shapoor Zadran 56 (76m 53b 6x4 1x6) SR: 105.66

18.2

Shapoor Zadran to Vesawkar, FOUR, murdered down the ground! Wow, what a shot this one is! It was an attempted yorker gone wrong, but the batsman finds enough space to get under it hammer it over the umpire's head..

18.3

Shapoor Zadran to Vesawkar, OUT, another one down! Shapoor got taken for runs off the fuller one, but his short delivery does the job. The batsman veers away to the leg side to smash it over the off, but gets a thick top edge that lobs up for the keeper

S Vesawkar c †Mohammad Shahzad b Shapoor Zadran 37 (38m 32b 5x4 0x6) SR: 115.62

Ayush Parajuli: "First Gyanendra, then Paras and now Khakurel.. Everyone delivering when the country needs them. Not to forget Veswarkar."

18.4

Shapoor Zadran to Bhandari, no run, another one goes down! or does it! It is a quick short delivery that flies past the outside edge to the keeper, who goes up immediately. Shapoor joins in a little later but Aleem Dar is unmoved..

18.5

Shapoor Zadran to Bhandari, 1 leg bye, slower delivery on the pads, the batsman looks to heave it to the leg side, but misses it and gets hit on the pads

18.6

Shapoor Zadran to Budayair, 1 run, they will take whatever brings them some runs! the batsman looks to swing this length delivery across the line but gets a thick inside edge down to fine leg

Aditya: "It's a real shame that the winner of this game doesn't get a chance to play the big boys in the next round. It would do the scheduling no harm if 2 teams from each group went in to the next stage - but will do a world of good to the associate teams in terms of morale as well as recognition. If the ICC needed any justification for that and an indication of the rising popularity of the associate teams, they can check the traffic on cricinfo!"

End of over 19 (6 runs) Nepal 135/5 (RR: 7.10)
NB Budayair    1* (1b)      Shapoor Zadran    4-0-19-2
B Bhandari    0* (2b)      Mirwais Ashraf    4-0-14-1

19.1

Mohammad Nabi to Budayair, no run, he looks to paddle this one down the leg side but misses, the ball misses the leg stump too

19.2

Mohammad Nabi to Budayair, 1 run, wow! this one drops safely between midwicket and long on.. The batsman wanted to hit it out of the ground but got no timing in that

19.3

Mohammad Nabi to Bhandari, FOUR, on the pads and he was ready for that, sweeps this one powerfully down the leg side for a boundary.. Fielder at deep backward square gets a bad bounce there

19.4

Mohammad Nabi to Bhandari, no run, another cross-batted heave, but this one misses the bat and misses the off stick by a whisker

19.5

Mohammad Nabi to Bhandari, no run, looks for that region behind square on the leg side again, but gets hit on the body

19.6

Mohammad Nabi to Bhandari, 1 leg bye, wonderful over! He bowls this slower than usual and the batsman, who was looking to heave this, misses completely. He gets hit on the body and they take a single

Not a bad total from Nepal after the slump in the middle. Khakurel, after struggling for a bit initially, found the boundaries repeatedly to lift the team. We will be back in ten for the chase. I hear the win is picking up from the sea side (it means rain..no where near at the moment though)

Mark: "OK, you should check my math (I'm a rocket scientist, not a mathematician), but I reckon that Afghanistan need to knock these runs off in -5 balls to get ahead of Bangladesh on NRR." ---- That's not very heartening to see if you are an Afghanistan fan. Slightly better news if you are a Nepal fan. Nepal need to dismiss Afghanistan for less than 33 to push their NRR above Bangladesh

Monjur: "A very competitive total in the end by NEP; tricky target for AFG. They folded miserably against BD and it'd be interesting to see how the approach this game now. Storm the target down or play safe and win this - forget about exploiting the 1% chance!"

End of over 20 (6 runs) Nepal 141/5
B Bhandari    4* (6b 1x4)      Mohammad Nabi    4-0-25-1
NB Budayair    2* (3b)      Shapoor Zadran    4-0-19-2
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Asghar Stanikzai walks back after being dismissed for 49, Afghanistan v Nepal, World Twenty20, Group A, Chittagong, March 20, 2014

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