Afghanistan vs. Nepal, World T20: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info & Preview

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Afghanistan vs. Nepal, World T20: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info & Preview
Bikas Das/Associated Press

With Afghanistan and Nepal needing big wins to maintain any slim hope of reaching the Super Ten stage, viewers can expect fireworks in Chittagong.

 

What: Afghanistan vs. Nepal

Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong, Bangladesh

When: Thursday 20 March

Start time: 9:30 a.m. GMT / 3:30 p.m. local

Live on: Sky Sports 2 (UK), Fox Sports (Australia), Super Sport (South Africa), BTV (Bangladesh), PTV Sports (Pakistan), Star India (India), SLBC (Sri Lanka), ESPN3 (USA).

Weather: According to Accuweather, it will be dry, bright and sunny in Chittagong with temperatures reaching 32 degrees Celsius.

 

Overview

Afghanistan must be ruing their performance in the opening match against Bangladesh. A nine-wicket thrashing at the hands of the hosts put them behind the proverbial eight-ball in terms of qualifying from the group.

It's still, just, possible for the Afghans to progress to the Super Ten stage but they'll need a ridiculous amount of help along the way. A resounding win against Nepal would be a start.

The tone for the opening match defeat was set when opener Mohammad Shahzad holed out on the first ball of the innings. The kamikaze batting continued with the result that the Afghans were skittled for just 71 runs.

Mohammad Nabi's men looked more like the team that impressed in this year's Asia Cup while beating Hong Kong on Tuesday.

A breezy 68 from Shahzad and a brutal 51 from just 24 balls from Shafiqullah steered Afghanistan to a comfortable seven-wicket win with two overs to spare.

While the batting looked much improved against Hong Kong, questions remain about the bowling. The attack struggled to contain Hong Kong's limited line-up and will face a sterner test against the improving Nepalese.

After a surprise 80-run win over Hong Kong, Nepal were brought down to Earth with a bump by Bangladesh on Wednesday.

Despite being on the wrong end of a seven-wicket defeat, the Nepalese certainly didn't disgrace themselves against their far more experienced opponents.

Their total of 125-5 was admittedly below par but gave them something to bowl at. Paras Khadka was again the pick of the Nepalese batsmen, passing 40 for the second successive game.

The bowling hasn't impressed as much as the batting and the fielding remains, let's be generous and say, enthusiastic.

For Nepal to progress, they'll need to beat Afghanistan convincingly and hope that Hong Kong can pull off a miracle against Bangladesh.

Whatever the outcome on Thursday, Khadka's men will be able to look back on this competition with pride.

 

Key Players

Afghanistan

If the Afghans are to make it through to the next stage of the World T20 they will have to win in quick time and hope for help from Hong Kong.

Rapid runs will be a must. Shafiqullah showed against Hong Kong that he's more than capable of delivering them.

We've not seen the best of all-rounder Samiullah Shenwari yet either. He impressed during the Asia Cup and will be looking to make an impression in the shortest form of the game.

 

Nepal

Paras Khadka has been the pick of the Nepalese team. The captain has performed consistently with the bat and been economical with the ball. More of the same is required if Nepal are to spring a surprise in their final group game.

 

Squads

Afghanistan (from)

Mohammad Nabi (capt), Asghar Stanikzai, Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Hamid Hassan, Hamza Hotak, Karim Sadiq, Mirwais Ashraf, Najibullah Taraki, Najibullah Zadran, Nawroz Mangal, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Shahzad, Shafiqullah, Shapoor Zadran.

 

Nepal (from)

Paras Khadka (captain), Pradeep Airee, Prithu Baskota, Binod Bhandari, Naresh Budhayer, Shakti Gauchan, Sompal Kami, Avinash Karn, Subash Khakurel, Gyanendra Malla, Jitendra Mukhiya, Sagar Pun, Basanta Regmi, Sharad Vesawkar, Rahul Vishwakarma.

 

Prediction

The more experienced Afghanistan team has more power with both bat and ball and should overcome the novices from Nepal.

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