Player of the Match
Player of the Match
639dThe Report by Alan Gardner in Chittagong

Spirited Nepal trip up Afghanistan

An inspirational effort from Paras Khadka in the field symbolised Nepal's potential at the world stage as they beat Afghanistan for the first time in a T20 by nine runs

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SP Khakurel
56(53) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %69%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 15 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
2 1 12 16 3 11 7 4
Asghar Afghan
Asghar Afghan
49(36) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 16 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 2 3 6 5 7 11 15

Best performances - Bowlers

JK Mukhiya
O4
M0
R18
W3
Eco4.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Shapoor Zadran
Shapoor Zadran
O4
M0
R19
W2
Eco4.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

END OF OVER:
20 | 14 Runs 1 Wkt | AFG: 132/8 (10 runs required, RR: 6.60)

  • Mirwais Ashraf2 (2b)
  • Dawlat Zadran0 (0b)
  • Sompal Kami4-1-32-2
  • Jitendra Mukhiya4-0-18-3

That's all from the match-center here. Time to move on to the next match. All eyes on Bangladesh now. An indicative target for them is something like this --

If Bangladesh bat first and score 140, they have to make sure that HK don't get the runs in 12 overs or less…. If HK bat first and get 140, Bangladesh should make sure they get 102 runs…

"Yes, we enjoyed the tournament," says Nabi. "It was a big event. We didn't start well and we didn't end well and we are upset with that."

"Afghanistan is a very good team and we are slowly getting there," says Khadka. "A lot of positives we can take from this tournament. We need to push harder and the results will come in the future."

Afghanistan, thought to be second to Bangladesh in the group, have been pipped by Nepal, who played wonderfully well to knock out the opponents. Khakurel scored his first fifty to lift a wobbling innings and help Nepal post a competitive total on the board, then their bowlers bowled with discipline. However, the most notable bit was the fielding today..

Jitendra Mukhiya is the Man of the Match. He says, "It was my responsibility as an opening bowler to provide a good start. Thanks to the crowd who supported us throughout."

Tim: "Well done both sides. Thoroughly enjoyable game to watch. Hope to see more of these sides in internationals in the future. "

Makran: "Afghanistan and Nepal have some brilliant bowlers... could enter most of the current bowling lineups.... Dawlat Zadran (pacy) and Mukhiya (york-at-will) .... definitely the most exciting prospects"

19.6
0
Sompal Kami to Mirwais Ashraf, no run, it's a play and a miss and it gives Nepal a wonderful win against arch-rivals Afghanistan - their first against the opposition in T20s
19.5
W
Sompal Kami to Asghar Afghan, OUT, Malla, at long on, corrects his last two mistakes and finally takes a catch. It's a simple chance for the fielder as Stanikzai lofts the full toss straight down the ground. That shot lacked punch. That's also the end of line for Afghanistan

Asghar Afghan c Malla b Sompal Kami 49 (48m 36b 4x4 1x6) SR: 136.11

19.4
4
Sompal Kami to Asghar Afghan, FOUR runs, this one is brilliantly hit in the same gap at wide long on! The batsman waits on the back foot and pulls it right in the gap this time.. No chance for that fielder from long on to cut this off

Another boundary and this stays interesting..

19.3
2
Sompal Kami to Asghar Afghan, 2 runs, swings it across the line and gets an inside edge to midwicket and they come back for the second

Stanikzai goes down with some cramps and he is being given some attention from the physio

19.2
4
Sompal Kami to Asghar Afghan, FOUR runs, this is stupid from the fielder! He gets a redemption chance as the batsman repeats the shot - it's almost an action replay. All the fielder has to do is watch the bounce and exactly like the previous delivery, he is not able to keep it in
19.1
4
Sompal Kami to Asghar Afghan, FOUR runs, length delivery on the legs, the batsman heaves it to wide long on where the fielder lets it go through his hands. That should have been stopped

What an over that was from Mukhiya, almost closes out the game

Afghanistan 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st14Karim SadiqMohammad Shahzad
2nd6Mohammad ShahzadNajibullah Zadran
3rd0Nawroz MangalNajibullah Zadran
4th27Nawroz MangalShafiqullah
5th3Mohammad NabiShafiqullah
6th33Asghar AfghanShafiqullah
7th32Samiullah ShinwariAsghar Afghan
8th17Asghar AfghanMirwais Ashraf
9th0Mirwais AshrafDawlat Zadran