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Afghanistan keep Super Six hope alive with six-wicket win over Nepal

Mohamamd Nabi (left) picked four wickets and scored 34 runs
Mohamamd Nabi (left) picked four wickets and scored 34 runs

Afghanistan 195-4 (Najibullah 52no) beat
Nepal 194 (Khadka 75) by six wickets
16th game, Group B, ICC World Cup Qualifiers, Bulawayo

Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan shared seven wickets between them as Afghanistan restricted Nepal to 194 and later chased down the target in the 39th over with six wickets in hand to keep their hope of making to the Super Six in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 alive.

Afghanistan are positioned third in the Group B and now will hope for Hong Kong to lose their final game against Nepal to make it to the next round.

Nepal won the toss and decided to bat first. Mujeeb Ur Rahman (1-24) once again struck with the new ball with the wicket of Anil Sah (7) but Paras Khadka (75) with his 82-ball knock shared a 92 run stand for the second wicket with Gyanendra Malla (23).

Khadka reached his fifty off 56 deliveries as Nepal reached the 100-run mark in the 24th over. Nabi (4-33) provided the decisive wicket of Khadka while Rashid (3-45) trapped Malla LBW.

From there on only Dipendra Singh Airee (32) and Aarif Sheikh (23) showed some resilience but the combination of Nabi and Rashid were too much to handle for the inexperienced Nepal batsmen as they were folded out for 194 runs in 49.5 overs.

Rashid (21) promoted himself to the opening role and played positively scoring five boundaries in the 14 deliveries he faced before he was snared by KC Karan (1-25).

Javed Ahmadi (26), Rahmat Shah (46) and Nabi (34) all got starts to put Afghanistan in course of victory but as Nepal sensed an opening, Najibullah Zadran (52 not out) helped them complete the chase in the 39th over. Nabi claimed the man of the match for his all-round performance.

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