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198dThe Report by Alan Gardner in Chittagong

Nepal lay their marker with 80-run win

Nepal lived up to expectation by securing an impressive 80-run victory in their opening World T20 match against Hong Kong

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

G Malla
48(41) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 24 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
2 0 7 1 6 9 11 12
P Khadka
41(37) 4x4 - 0x6
Control %64%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 15 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 3 1 0 4 13 7 13

Best performances - Bowlers

SP Gauchan
O4
M0
R9
W3
Eco2.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
B Regmi
O4
M0
R14
W3
Eco3.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Hong Kong , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

19.30 start, First Session 19.30-20.50, Interval 20.50-21.10, Second Session 21.20-22.30

Match days

16 March 2014 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Nepal 2, Hong Kong 0

Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan | Commentator: Devashish Fuloria

END OF OVER:
17 | 2 Runs 1 Wkt | HKG: 69/10 (81 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 4.05, RRR: 27.00)

  • Haseeb Amjad4 (9b)
  • Jitendra Mukhiya2-0-12-1
  • Shakti Gauchan4-0-9-3

A solid first win for Nepal. Their next match is against the hosts while Hong Kong meet Afghanistan. It was a pleasure bringing you the game. Till the next one, ciao ciao.

"I think to keep them to 149 was a decent effort," says Jamie Atkinson. "I think it was a decent bowling effort but the batting was disappointing. The pitch suited our bowling and we were happy to keep them down. "

We have a good team spirit and the boys were really hungry," says Paras Khadka. "We have a huge fan following. We hope to play good cricket and we hope to continue that way. We have to start all over again ahead of the next game and take the positives from this game."

Eighty runs, you heard it right! Nepal have outbatted and outbowled Hong Kong completely in this debut match for both teams. Fielding wasn't needed much as the bowlers repeatedly hit the stumps. What a slump for Hong Kong! They were 58 for 3 in the 11th before Regmi and Gauchan ripped through the bottom half and the next seven could add only 11 runs. Those 80 runs mean that Nepal have overtaken Bangladesh to top the table.

"Our team won and I contributed, so I am very happy," says Shakti Gauchan, who is the Man of the Match. "I watch a lot of football, I follow Machester United and Chelsea, but I love cricket. The ball was skidding and it helped me."

Uwaisul Karnain: "How nicely Mukhiya set it up for the tailender, 2 bouncers followed by a well directed yorker. That summed-up the Nepal's performance tonight. Simply briliant! "

16.6
W
Mukhiya to Nadeem Ahmed, OUT, end of the innings! It's a beautiful yorker and the batsman threw his bat around, misses and loses the off stump..Massive win for Nepal here

Nadeem Ahmed b Mukhiya 5 (10m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 45.45

16.5
0
Mukhiya to Nadeem Ahmed, no run, another short delivery, this one bounces extra and whizzes past the helmet as the batsman swings his bat about
16.4
0
Mukhiya to Nadeem Ahmed, no run, short ball now, the batsman looks for a pull, but is a touch late on it and gets beaten

Sangeet Lamichh: "Shakti Gauchan went to Rajasthan Royals two years back for a trail, though he was rejected, he got praised from Rahul Dravid. His performance today shows why "

16.3
1
Mukhiya to Haseeb Amjad, 1 run, another good yorker from Mukhiya, not much the batsman can do. He blocks it out towards cover and takes a single
16.2
1
Mukhiya to Nadeem Ahmed, 1 run, it's a good yorker on off, the batsman digs it out to long off
16.1
0
Mukhiya to Nadeem Ahmed, no run, bowls it full outside off, the batsman looks to drive but gets it on the inside half of the bat, pushes it back to the bowler

Mukhiya comes in to the attack

Dodgy record

69

Hong Kong made the second-lowest total in the history of the World T20

Undone by spin

4

No. of wickets lost by Hong Kong between the 11th and 12th overs bowled by Basant Regmi and Shakti Gauchan. All bowled

Oops

Gyanendra Malla shells a skier running back. Difficult take as Babar Hayat looked for the stands in the fifth over

Know what to do

5

No. of T20s Hong Kong have won fielding first, out of nine matches. The highest target chased down was 162 v Bermuda in March 2012

Made them pay

Sharad Vesawkar smashes one into the covers and sets off. Direct hit would have found him short by miles. The over - the 19th - ends with two boundaries

Not so costly drop

Babar Hayat drops Paras Khadka at deep extra cover in the 17th over, but he holed out off the very next ball for 39

New high

76

This stand between Paras Khadka and Gyanendra Malla becomes Nepal's highest third-wicket partnership in T20s

Knowing the opposition

112

Paras Khadka's numbers against Hong Kong in two previous T20 matches, including his best score of 68

Costly drop?

Tanwir Afzal dropped Paras Khadka at long-on in the 11th over

Hitting better than average

94.50

Subash Khakurel's career strike rate in 11 T20 matches

ICC Men's T20 World Cup

First Round Group A
TeamMWLPTNRR
BDESH32141.466
NEPAL32140.933
AFG3122-0.981
HKG3122-1.455
First Round Group B
TeamMWLPTNRR
NL32141.109
ZIM32140.957
IRE3214-0.701
UAE3030-1.541
Group 1
TeamMWLPTNRR
SL43162.233
SA43160.075
NZ4224-0.678
ENG4132-0.776
NL4132-0.866
Group 2
TeamMWLPTNRR
INDIA44081.28
WI43161.971
PAK4224-0.384
AUS4132-0.857
BDESH4040-2.072