Afghanistan have registered a humiliating win over Nepal on Wednesday’s match in the ongoing ACC Premier League, at Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Winning the toss, Nepal invited Afghanistan to bat first. Riding a solid start given by the openers Noor Ali Zadran and Usman Ghani, Afghanistan registered a mammoth target of 263 runs against Nepal. The game that went up to the 50th over witnessed a number of cracking fours and sixes, while two Afghan batsmen – Ghani and Hashmatullah Shaidi – made 51 runs each.
Put to bat on the second innings of the game, Nepal got off to a bad start when both the openers – Subash Khakurel and Naresh Budhyair – went back to pavilion after having made 8 and 10 runs respectively.
The nervous spell of Nepali batsmen against solid Afghan bowling attack turned down to rubbles as Skipper Paras Khadka, Vice Captain Gyanendra Malla, bowlers Shakti Gauchan and Sompal Kami were the only four batsmen to score in double digit. While Khadka made 33 runs of 51 balls, Malla scored just 11 runs. Gauchan and Kami made 19 runs each.
The match had been obstructed at the 18th over due to rain. When the rain stopped, the match resumed again, with shortened over and reduced target total of 237 runs in 32 overs, according to the Duckworth Lewis rule.