Thursday 20 March 2014 

Nepal Knock Afghanistan Out

Nepal celebrate a wicket
Nepal stunned Afghanistan with a nine-run win in Chittagong
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Nepal 141-5 (Khakurel 56) beat
Afghanistan 132-8 (Mukhiya 3-18) by nine runs
ICC World Twenty20 2014 Group A, Chittagong

Nepal beat Afghanistan for the first time in Twenty20 cricket, holding on for a nine-run win in Group A of the ICC World Twenty20 2014 in Chittagong.

The result ends Afghanistan's chances of progressing to the Super 10s and Nepal are relying on a huge upset when Hong Kong take on Bangladesh if they are to get through.

Subash Khakurel top scored with 56 as Nepal posted 141 for five before Afghanistan, despite a late rally, closed on 132 for eight in reply.

Jitendra Mukhiya took three for 18 and both Sompal Kami and Shakti Gauchan took two wickets apiece, reducing Afghanistan to 50 for five - from which there was, eventually, no way back.

Khakurel faced just 53 balls, hitting six fours and a six to help set up Nepal's innings with support from Sharad Vesawkar (37 in 32) and Gyanendra Malla (22 in 13).

Shapoor Zadran took two for 19 with Dawlat Zadran, Mirwais Ashraf and Mohammad Nabi picking up one apiece.

Afghanistan came out hard, looking to quickly impose themselves on Nepal but their plan backfired.

Mukhiya struck early to remove Mohammad Shahzad (6) and Najibullah Zadran (5) and Karim Sadiq (8), Nawroz Mangal (5) and Nabi (1) all failed to reach double figures.

Shafiqullah blasted 36 in 32 balls, Asghar Stanikzai 49 in 36 and Samiullah Shenwari 15 in 13 but their efforts proved to be in vain as they had been left with too much to do.

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