result
Final, Kirtipur, Apr 3 2013, Asian Cricket Council Twenty20 Cup
135/6
(17.5/20 ov, target 136)137/3
Afghanistan won by 7 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
43 (42) & 2/20
gulbadin-naib
Player Of The Series
4 wkts • 207 runs
paras-khadka
8y
• ESPNcricinfo staff

All-round Naib helps Afghanistan take ACC T20 title

Afghanistan continued their unbeaten streak in the tournament, as they completed their fourth successive title win against Nepal

Match centre 
Scores: Anuj Jha
Comms: Shahriar Khan
Scorecard summary
Nepal135/6(20 overs)
Afghanistan137/3(17.5 overs)

Crowd gently appreciative, applause ringing out for both teams

Afghanistan's bowlers made things very diffficult for Nepal initally, only two overs (ironically, Nabi's) going for plenty. 135 was always going to be hard to defend and the light roller used for three minutes in between, along with the sun perhaps, took the life out of the wicket. Nepal in with a chance for a while but once Nabi and Gulbadin got together, the bowlers looked powerless. Gulbadin Naib's Man of the Match. Afghanistan's fourth ACC Twenty20 Cup, they've won all of them. They, Nepal, UAE and Hong Kong take confidence and no little competence with them to the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers in November. Thanks for being with us today and through the event. Presentations are going on, we'll try and speak to the players and get you their views too.

Raees Ahmadzai, who's won this event twice as a player is now the coach, and says" "Our players loved playing in front of such a big crowd, it was a mature performance especially by the young players. Nepal were a good side and can improve if they play against A Teams of the top countries."

Sailesh: "Afghanistan was always going to be a tough team to beat , but full marks to the Nepalese team for showing the fight esp . captain Paras"

17.5
4
Bhattarai to M Nabi, FOUR runs

full, on the legs, and flicked to vacant fine leg. Nabi punches the sky

17.4
4
Bhattarai to M Nabi, FOUR runs

short and smacked, through the line, to wide long-off

17.3
1
Bhattarai to Gulbadin, 1 run

turned to backward square, good fielding restricts them to a single

17.2
1
Bhattarai to M Nabi, 1 run

uses his height to tap to cover

17.1
1
Bhattarai to Gulbadin, 1 run

on a length, walks into a drive on the up, long off fields

end of over 179 runs
AFG: 126/3CRR: 7.41 RRR: 3.33
Mohammad Nabi29 (20)
Gulbadin Naib41 (40)
Basant Regmi 4-0-27-0
Shakti Gauchan 4-0-28-1
16.6
Regmi to M Nabi, no run

played back down the wicket

Crowd awfully quiet now, just a murmuring around the ground.

16.5
4
Regmi to M Nabi, FOUR runs

eases into a cover drive, classy stroke.

16.4
2
Regmi to M Nabi, 2 runs

length ball outside off, played with soft hands down to third man

16.3
1
Regmi to Gulbadin, 1 run

pulled to midwicket

16.2
1
Regmi to M Nabi, 1 run

driven to mid off

16.1
1
Regmi to Gulbadin, 1 run

played to midwicket

end of over 165 runs
AFG: 117/3CRR: 7.31 RRR: 4.75
Mohammad Nabi22 (16)
Gulbadin Naib39 (38)
Shakti Gauchan 4-0-28-1
Prithu Baskota 3-0-33-0

The ACC Twenty20 Cup's heading Afghanistan's way for the fourth consecutive time at the moment. Unless Nepal pull something out of the bag. Much still possible!

15.6
2
Gauchan to M Nabi, 2 runs

short, on leg, dinked round the corner

15.5
Gauchan to M Nabi, no run

driven on the back foot to mid on

15.4
Gauchan to M Nabi, no run

forward, checks the stroke

15.3
1
Gauchan to Gulbadin, 1 run

driven to midwicket

15.2
1
Gauchan to M Nabi, 1 run

driven to mid-on

15.1
1
Gauchan to Gulbadin, 1 run

short and cut to extra cover

end of over 1512 runs
AFG: 112/3CRR: 7.46 RRR: 4.80
Gulbadin Naib37 (36)
Mohammad Nabi19 (12)
Prithu Baskota 3-0-33-0
Paras Khadka 2-0-13-1
14.6
1
Baskota to Gulbadin, 1 run

pitched up, driven to long-off

14.5
1
Baskota to M Nabi, 1 run

on leg, helped round the corner

14.4
1
Baskota to Gulbadin, 1 run

swept to midwicket

Match details
Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground, Kirtipur
TossAfghanistan, elected to field first
SeriesAsian Cricket Council Twenty20 Cup
Season2012/13
Player Of The Match
Gulbadin Naib
Gulbadin Naib
Player Of The Series
Paras Khadka
Paras Khadka
Series resultAfghanistan won the 2012/13 Asian Cricket Council Twenty20 Cup
Hours of play (local time)13.15 start, First Session 13.15-14.30, Interval 14.30-14.45, Second Session 14.45-16.00
Match days3 April 2013 - day (20-over match)
Umpires
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Imran Mustafa
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Mohammed Kamruzzaman
Reserve Umpire
Oman Image
AR Srinivasan
Match Referee
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Rumesh Ratnayake