Afghanistan outsmart Nepal in thriller
Put in to bat after losing the toss, Afghanistan managed to post a total of 169 runs for the loss of nine wickets in the stipulated 50 overs, at a strike rate of less than four.
Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) spokesman Farid Hotak told Pajhwok Afghan News Asghar Stanikzai, Gulbadin Naib and Nawroz Mangal shone with the willow, scoring 33, 30 and 31 runs respectively.
B. Regmi was the pick of Nepali bowlers, capturing five wickets at crucial times in the match and preventing the Afghans from scoring freely.
In reply to what appeared an achievable target, Nepal were bundled out for 157 runs in the last over of the thriller, the spokesman said.
An unbeaten 60 by P. Khadka could not take his side to victory as the match went to the wire. Afghanistan pulled a richly-deserved win from the jaws of defeat
Hamid Hassan and Nabi bowled aggressively, bagging two wickets each. Hotak lauded Nabi Issakhel for his leadership qualities, using part-time bowlers when his side had only seven runs to defend from 12 balls and the opposition had four wickets in hand.
The inaugural edition of Emerging Teams Cup is aimed at promoting the careers of cricketers in Test-playing countries and leading Associate nations.
The three Associate teams joining hosts Singapore in the event have won the right to match themselves against Under-23 cricketers of Test-playing nations by virtue of their standings in the ACC Trophy in 2012.
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