Nepal ended Afghanistan’s hopes of reaching the Super 10 phase of the World Twenty20 tournament with a nine-run victory in Chittagong.
Afghanistan, who won the toss and chose to field at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, restricted Nepal to 141-5 from their 20 overs.
However, they could only make 132-8 in their reply. As a result, Nepal joined Bangladesh on four points in Group A.
Nepal's fielding today has been significantly better than any of the other sides this week. Some great catches and stops.— Cricket365 (@Cricket365) March 20, 2014
However, Nepal still need Hong Kong to pull off a shock victory over the hosts and a superior net run rate over Bangladesh if they are to join India, Pakistan, Australia and West Indies in Group 2.
Opener Subash Khakurel was the cornerstone of the Nepal innings, making 56 from 53 balls with six boundaries and a six.
Gyanendra Malla made 22 and Sharad Vesawkar contributed 37 for the side who had earlier beaten Hong Kong in this tournament.
|Khakurel||c Stanikzai||b S Zadran||56||77||53|
|Pun||c Nabi||b D Zadran||8||17||11|
|Malla||c Mangal||b Nabi||22||15||13|
|Vesawkar||c Shehzad||b S Zadran||37||37||32|
|Extras||3nb 3w 0b 5lb||11||11|
The Afghan reply hit the buffers as Jitendra Mukhiya took wickets with consecutive deliveries in the fifth over to reduce them to 20-3.
Shakti Gauchan then picked up a pair of wickets in the ninth over, and Afghanistan were in real trouble at 50-5.
|Shehzad||c Kami||b Mukhiya||6||19||17|
|N Zadran||c Vesawkar||b Mukhiya||5||8||4|
|Mangal||c Khadka||b Gauchan||5||15||7|
|Shafiqullah||c Pun||b Regmi||36||37||32|
|Stanikzai||c Malla||b Kami||49||49||36|
|Shenwari||c Khadka||b Mukhiya||15||20||13|
|D Zadran||not out||0||1||0|
|Extras||0nb 0w 4b 1lb||5|
Shafiqullah, who made 36 before departing in the 15th over, and Asghar Stanikzai kept them in contention.
They needed 24 off the final over. Stanikzai hit three of the first four deliveries to the boundary before holing out at long-on off the penultimate ball of the innings for 49.