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    As it happened: Nepal vs Afghanistan, World T20 qualifier

    File photo of Afghanistan pacer Shapoor Zadran.

    File photo of Afghanistan pacer Shapoor Zadran. (AFP Photo)

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page)

    TOSS: Afghanistan won the toss and asked Nepal to bat.

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    PLAYING XIs:

    Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad (c), Nawroz Mangal, Asghar Stanikzai, Shafiqullah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (wk), Samiullah Shenwari, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Karim Sadiq, Mirwais Ashraf

    Nepal: SP Khakurel (c), Sagar Pun, G Malla, P Khadka (wk), B Bhandari, S Vesawkar, B Regmi, NB Budayair, SP Gauchan, Sompal Kami, JK Mukhiya

    Both the teams have only mathematical chances of reaching the main round, with Bangladesh topping Group A.

    Commentary (Afghanistan 1st Innings)

    Jitendra Mukhiya was named the Man of the Match for his brilliant spell. That's all from this game. The Bangladesh vs Hong Kong game is up next. Join us back for that.

    The Nepalese bowlers were absolutely sensational today. Sagar Pun, the part-timer was superb in his three overs while Jitendra Mukhiya was phenomenal in hitting the yorker lengths at will in the death overs. Gauchan took a couple of wickets in his first over itself and the fielding was outstanding too. Afghanistan's batting was survived by Stanizkai and Shafiqullah towards the death overs but in the end, they fell short of 9 runs.

    Nepal were struggling in the first innings but then the duo of Khakurel and Vesawkar did an extremely remarkable job of first snitching a partnership, then accelerating the run-scoring in the end.

    Amongst minnows itself, we have a shock win here! Afghanistan beat Bangladesh in the Asia Cup and now have been defeated by Nepal in the World T20 qualifier. That is what exactly this format does.

    19.6 S Kami to M Ashraf, Nepal win by 9 runs! What an emphatic victory for the less-known minnows. Length delivery angled across, Dawlat misses out and the Nepalese fielders rejoice in delight. 132/8

    Dawlat Zadran walks out to face the last ball. 10 required off 1 ball.

    19.5 S Kami to A Stanikzai, OUT! Stanikzai's gone! End of Afghanistan's fight and Nepal will rejoice, if not for an extra delivery. A low full toss, maximum runs were there for the taking but Stanikzai's bat turned in his hand and the ball went down the throat of Malla at long on. 132/8

    19.4 S Kami to A Stanikzai, FOUR! Afghanistan are still in the game, 10 required off 2 balls! Stanikzai is down with cramps again! Short of a length, it's been slapped away over mid-wicket. 132/7

    19.3 S Kami to A Stanikzai, Full and wide outside off, Stanikzai slogs it through mid-wicket. They come back for the risky second but the keeper collected the throw but did not break the stumps. 128/7

    Physio is out in the middle to help Stanikzai, who's down with cramps.

    19.2 S Kami to A Stanikzai, FOUR! Yet another misfield from the same fielder off the same shot. Another full ball on the stumps, Stanikzai slogs it yet again wide of long on. Malla runs across but yet again doesn't field well to allow the boundary. 126/7

    19.1 S Kami to A Stanikzai, FOUR! A misfield in the deep! A low full toss, Stanikzai hoicks it over wide mid on. Malla in the deep doesn't field well and allows the boundary. 122/7

    18.6 J Mukhiya to M Ashraf, A low full toss outside off, swiped down to long on for a quick couple of runs to end the over. 24 needed off 6 balls. 118/7

    18.5 J Mukhiya to A Stanikzai, A full length ball, lofts it down to long off for one. 116/7

    Mirwais Ashraf walks in.

    18.4 J Mukhiya to S Shenwari, OUT! Nepal have been excellent on the field today and the skipper Paras Khadka himself, has taken two wonderful catches. Shenwari tries to charge out and convert the full toss but top-edges it high in the air. The ball goes towards mid on where the bowler and Khadka go towards it but Khadka calls out stronger and takes a diving catch. Outstanding! 115/7

    18.3 J Mukhiya to A Stanikzai, WOW! Third yorker on the trot! Stanikzai pushes it through covers for one. 115/6

    18.2 J Mukhiya to S Shenwari, A yorker on middle, Shenwari tries to dig it but only manages an inside edge on the leg side for one. 114/6

    18.1 J Mukhiya to A Stanikzai, He's been consistent with his yorkers so far. Right up in the blockhole, Stanikzai digs it away through mid-wicket for one. 113/6

    17.6 S Kami to A Stanikzai, Another yorker, on the pads, Stanikzai went to slog but yet again only managed an inside edge to fine leg for just one. 30 required off 12 balls now. 112/6

    17.5 S Kami to S Shenwari, Short of a length, flat-batted it through mid off for a single. 111/6

    17.4 S Kami to A Stanikzai, Full length on the pads, Shenwari goes to slog but only manages an inside edge to fine leg for one. 110/6

    17.3 S Kami to S Shenwari, Outstanding effort in the deep. Full ball, Shenwari sweeps it well through mid-wicket. Bhandari hurls himself across with a dive and saves a single. 109/6

    17.2 S Kami to S Shenwari, A full ball outside off, drilled away through mid off for a couple. 106/6

    17.1 S Kami to S Shenwari, FOUR! Off the inside edge! A good length delivery, Shenwari tries to force a shot but the ball has gone off the inside edge to the fine leg fence. 104/6

    16.6 J Mukhiya to A Stanikzai, What an excellent over this has been! Bowls down yet another yorker, just outside off and Stanikzai fails to get bat on that. 100/6

    16.5 J Mukhiya to S Shenwari, Full ball, drilled through mid on for one. 100/6

    16.4 J Mukhiya to A Stanikzai, Excellent effort in the deep from Sagar Pun. Full outside off, Stanikzai goes to slash and manages a thick outside edge towards third man. Sagar Pun dives, in company with two of his team-mates and saves a single. 99/6

    16.3 J Mukhiya to A Stanikzai, A very full ball outside off, Stanikzai lofts it over covers for a couple of runs. 96/6

    16.2 J Mukhiya to S Shenwari, A low full toss, Shenwari gets down and punches it through mid on for one. 94/6

    16.1 J Mukhiya to S Shenwari, Hurls down a yorker on middle, Shenwari digs it away. Excellent bowling. 93/6

    Jitendra Mukhiya back into the attack.

    15.6 S Pun to A Stanikzai, A touch short, helped away past square leg for a couple of runs. Sagar Pun's spell so far has been nothing less than match-winning. 93/6

    15.5 S Pun to S Shenwari, Works it away off the pads through mid-wicket for a risky single. 91/6

    15.4 S Pun to S Shenwari, Tries to reverse sweep it but only manages a glove, it goes off his elbow on the leg side but the keeper could not reach in spite of the outstretched dive. 90/6

    15.3 S Pun to S Shenwari, Short delivery, punched away towards cover. 90/6

    15.2 S Pun to A Stanikzai, Walks out of the crease and thumps it down on a couple of bounces to long on for one. 90/6

    15.1 S Pun to A Stanikzai, Short, skids on straight and beats Stanikzai's outside edge. 89/6

    14.6 B Regmi to A Stanikzai, Short and wide, punched away for a single through cover to end the over. 89/6

    14.5 B Regmi to A Stanikzai, Yet another misfield! Short and wide, punched towards cover where the fielder once again fumbles and allows the couple. 88/6

    14.4 B Regmi to A Stanikzai, Short and wide, Stanikzai punches it through cover. The fielder misfields and allows a single. 86/6

    14.3 B Regmi to A Stanikzai, Short and wide, Stanikzai punches it straight to cover. 84/6

    14.2 B Regmi to S Shenwari, A tossed up delivery on middle, worked away through mid-wicket for one. 84/6

    Samiullah Shenwari walks in now.

    14.1 B Regmi to Shafiqullah, OUT! Regmi strikes! A short and wide ball, Shafiqullah could have cut it anywhere but he plays it in the air towards point. Sagar Pun dives and takes a fine catch. Nepal once again get a crucial wicket. 83/6

    13.6 S Pun to A Stanikzai, Flat and skids on straight, punched back to the bowler. Staggeringly good couple of overs from Pun, conceded just 6 off 2 overs. 83/5

    13.5 S Pun to A Stanikzai ,A touch short again and holds back, pushed right back. 83/5

    13.4 S Pun to Shafiqullah, Flat and full just outside off, clipped away through square leg for a single. 83/5

    13.3 S Pun to A Stanikzai, On the pads, nudged away past square leg for a quickly-taken single. 82/5

    13.2 S Pun to Shafiqullah, Short, skidding on, punched to the right of Pun who dives but could not prevent the single. 81/5

    13.1 S Pun to Shafiqullah, A touch short on middle, punched straight to cover. 80/5

    12.6 S Gauchan to A Stanikzai, A touch short, punched away towards cover to end the over. 80/5

    12.5 S Gauchan to Shafiqullah, Picks out a slog on the leg side to take a single. 80/5

    12.4 S Gauchan to A Stanikzai, Short and thrown up wide, punched away through covers for one. 79/5

    12.3 S Gauchan to A Stanikzai, FOUR! Superb footwork from Stanikzai again! Uses his feet to get to the line of the ball and slams it well over mid on. 78/5

    12.2 S Gauchan to Shafiqullah, Short and skids on, punched away through mid on for a single. 74/5

    12.1 S Gauchan to Shafiqullah, SIX! A hugeee hit! Gauchan drops it short and slow, Shafiqullah swivels back and muscles it over the square leg fence. 73/5

    11.6 S Pun to A Stanikzai, Flighted up from outside the off stump, Shafiqullah gets down to defend but the ball comes off the inside edge and pops out. 67/5

    11.5 S Pun to Shafiqullah, Touch short again, flicked away wide of square leg to rotate the strike. 67/5

    11.4 S Pun to Shafiqullah, Short, slow and holds up, flicked to mid-wicket. 66/5

    11.3 S Pun to Shafiqullah, Gets down and pushes it straight to mid on. 66/5

    11.2 S Pun to A Stanikzai, Tossed up delivery, worked away through mid-wicket for one. 66/5

    11.1 S Pun to Shafiqullah, Flat and slower through the air, flicked away past square leg for one. 65/5

    Sagar Pun is now into the attack.

    10.6 S Gauchan to A Stanikzai, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 64/5

    10.5 S Gauchan to A Stanikzai, Flighted up, worked away towards square leg. 64/5

    10.4 S Gauchan to A Stanikzai, SIX! Massive strike! Stanikzai charges out and absolutely nails this ball over the long on fence. 64/5

    10.3 S Gauchan to Shafiqullah, Gets down and sweeps it away through square leg for a single. 58/5

    10.2 S Gauchan to Shafiqullah, Flighted up around off, Shafiqullah punches it towards mid on. Gauchan slides across and stops it well. 57/5

    10.1 S Gauchan to A Stanikzai, Arm ball on middle, worked to square leg for one. 57/5

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