full, on the legs, and flicked to vacant fine leg. Nabi punches the sky
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"
short and smacked, through the line, to wide long-off
turned to backward square, good fielding restricts them to a single
uses his height to tap to cover
on a length, walks into a drive on the up, long off fields
played back down the wicket
Crowd awfully quiet now, just a murmuring around the ground.
eases into a cover drive, classy stroke.
length ball outside off, played with soft hands down to third man
pulled to midwicket
driven to mid off
played to midwicket
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!
short, on leg, dinked round the corner
driven on the back foot to mid on
forward, checks the stroke
driven to midwicket
driven to mid-on
short and cut to extra cover
pitched up, driven to long-off
on leg, helped round the corner
swept to midwicket