KATHMANDU: The host team Nepal defeated Malaysia by 19 runs to step closer to the semi-finals in the ongoing Asian Cricket Council Twenty20 Cup Group ‘A’ match at the Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground, in Kirtipur, on Saturday.
Skipper Paras Khadka mustered an impressive 87 runs, with 11 fours and three sixes, to spur Nepal to a victory.
Nepali bowlers bowled a disciplined spell to restrict Malaysia in 144 runs with nine wickets loss.
Now Nepal will play against Singapore on Sunday to vie for semi-finals ticket.
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Update 11: Nepal won the match by 19 runs.
Malaysia restricted for 149/9 in their allotted 20 overs.
Both the teams played good cricket. The crowd got the worth of their money.
With this win Nepal comes closer to Semi-finals.
Update 10: Another wicket for Nepal.
Shahrulnizam Yusof out for a duck off Regmi’s bowling.
Malaysia 138/9 in 19.3 overs
Update 9: Another nail added on the coffin. Malaysia lost their eight wicket.
Hassan Ghulam was caught in the deep by B Regmi off Sawad’s bowling. He made quick 15 runs off 7 balls.
Malaysia 136/8 in 18.4 overs.
Update 8: Nepal coming near to the victory.
Another blow for Malaysia. They lost their seventh wicket.
Nik Arifin caught by Baskota off Regmi’s bowling. He made three runs.
Malaysia 101/7 in 16 overs.
Update 7: Bull’s eye. There was a direct hit to claim a wicket.
It was a delight to watch seeing the stumps fly all over the place.
KH Durrani run out after making nine runs.
Malaysia 89/6 in 14 overs.
Update 6: Half the Malaysian side in back in the pavilion.
Ahmed Faiz was caught in the deep off Gauchan’s bowling. He contrbuted 19 runs for his team.
Malaysia 75/5 after 10.3 overs.
Update 5: Malaysian ship sinking now with the loss of its fourth wicket.
The crowds are in their feet seeing the wickets crumble all over. It has been a good start for Nepal
Suhan Kumar run out after scoring one run.
Malaysia 55/4 in 6.1 overs.
Update 4: Another success for Pritihu Baskota.
H Ullah Khan was caught by Gyanendra Malla in the deep boundary when he lofted a spinning ball by Baskota. He made valiant 33 runs for his team.
Malaysia 49/3 after 5.4 overs.
Update 3: What a comeback for Pritihu Baskota taking a wicket in the first over he bowled.
Suharril Fetri was caught in the deep by S Regmi off the bowling of Baskota. He contributed six run for his team.
It was a delightful catch in the deep when the ball was flying towards the boundary.
Malaysia 35/2 in 4 overs.
Update 16: Nepal takes the first wicket.
Faizal Abu Hasan was bowled by Regmi for six runs.
Even a dog comes in the ground to celebrate the wicket.
Malaysia 20/1 in 1.4 overs
Update 15: Malaysia up to a flying start in the first over.
Malaysia 15/0 in 1 over
Update 14: Nepal ended their innings with a score of 163/8 in their allotted 20 overs. Captain Khadka will be happy with the score. He was able to achieve what he said at the toss.
The batsmen did their job now its time for the bowlers to perform.
The second innings will resume soon. Be with thehimalayantimes.com for live updates and recent happenings.
Update 13: Nepal losing wickets at regular intervals at a crunch time. Basant Regmi perished off a bowling of Hassan Ghulam after scoring 2 runs.
Chandra Sawat is here to play the last over.
Nepal 158/8 after 19.4 overs.
Update 12: Prithu Baskota out bowled after scoring seven runs.
Shakti Gauchan walks in.
Nepal 156/7 in 19 overs.
Update 11: Skipper Paras Khadka played a captains knock and unfortunately caught in the deep off a bowling of Hassan Ghulam.
His superb innings come to the end after scoring 87 runs off just 54 balls with 11 fours and three sixes.
Basanta Regmi comes in the middle. He has the ability to strike the cricket ball hard.
Nepal 150/6 in 18 overs.
Update 10: Another loss for Nepal team. Sharad Veshwakar was bowled out while trying to play a powerful sweep shot. He made just a run.
Prithu Baskota walks in. This is the first match for Baskota in the tournament.
Nepal 127/5 in 16 overs
Update 9: Another blow for Nepal. Binod Bhandari was bowled out just after hitting a six. He tried to sweep a turning ball but in vain. He made good contribution to the score adding 20 important runs off 16 balls.
Sharad Veshwakar walks in.
Nepal 113/4 after 14 overs.
Update 8: Paras Khadka completes his half century in style and with a superb shot of towards mid-wicket boundary for a maximum.
With this shot Nepal has completed 100 runs in 12.3 overs.
Khadka batting at 56 off 37 balls.
Update 7: Paras playing a captain’s knock. Till now Nepal has hit Six fours and two sixes.
Nepal half way down in their innings. After 10 overs Nepal at a commanding position of 71/3
Update 6: Spin does the trick for Malaysia. Khakurel missed it completely when he could not get over the turn and the spin. He was stumped out for 24 runs off 20 balls. He played his part as he scored quick to lift the run rate.
Big blow for Nepal to lose its in-form batsman.
Binod Bhandari walks in the middle. He needs to play a good innings to put Nepal in a commanding position.
65/3 after 8.3 overs.
Update 5: After 6 overs spin is introduced in the attack. Shahrulnizam Yusof is starting his bowling off the Chovar end.
As said earlier this pitch is good for spin bowling. We could already see some spin off the turf.
We got to see how our players could handle the turning balls.
Good first over for Yusof . He only conceded five runs.
Nepal 60/2 after 7 overs.
We have fast bowler from the TU end and spin from the Chovar end now.
Update 4: Khakurel and Khadka providing the momentum it needed in the power play when the fielding restricting is on. They are playing sensibly. They are taking their chances for some big shots and also rotating strikes. We can see occasion boundaries. Paras has cleared the field for a six.
The crowds are loving it. People are flocking in the ground to see their champions play. The crowd could toll up to 15,000 as this is a very crucial match for Nepal.
Nepal after 5 overs 45/2
This is considered to be a good start despite losing two quick wickets.
Update 3: Subash Khakurel hits a six in 1.5 overs.
Gyanedra Malla was bowled off a in-swinging ball hits the stumps. He made 2 runs off 6 balls.
Skipper Paras Khadka walks in the middle.
He starts off with a four. Great shot of his leg to the midwicket boundary.
Nepal after 3 overs 22/2
Update 2: Nepal has lost their first wicket. Pradeep Airee out for a duck. He was looking to clear the boundary with a loft shot but caught in the deep.
After 0.5 overs Nepal 5/1
Vice Captain Gyanendra Malla walks in.
Update 1: Nepal has lost the toss and asked to bat first by the Malaysian Captain.
“ The pitch looks good for spin bowling. We should bat and bowl good in order to win”, Malaysian captain said.
“We are looking to make a good score to give our bowlers the chance to restrict Malaysia. I think a good score on this pitch would be around 150-160.” Nepalis cricket captain Paras Khadka said.
The flow of crowds looks good and Nepalis openers Pradeep Airee and Subash Khakurel walk to the crease. They look confident.
KATHMANDU: With a promise of bouncing back‚ Nepal are taking on Malaysia in their second match of the ACC Twenty20 Cup on Saturday at the TU Stadium where coach Pubudu Dassanayake is expected to ring some changes against a side managed by the hosts’ former mentor Roy Luke Dias.
After Hong Kong made an easy passage into the semi-finals crushing Maldives by 153 runs in a Group ‘A’ match in Kirtipur today‚ the pressure will now be on the hosts to claim stake in the knock out stage.
Hong Kong lead the table with maximum six points from three matches and Nepal are second on better net run rate after being tied on two points with Malaysia and Maldives. Malaysia‚ also playing their third match‚ will be testing opponents‚ especially after they successfully chased down a huge target of 172 runs against Singapore on Wednesday.
Nepal and Malaysia have won one match each in their previous two encounters in the ACC Twenty20. Nepal had defeated Malaysia by 21 runs in the 2007 edition before losing to them in the 2009 event.
Nepal were given a reality check following their six-wicket loss against Hong Kong on Monday but coach Dassanayake wants to forget the defeat and move ahead. “We are not worried at all. We just had one bad day‚” said Dassanayake on the eve of the match adding his side was confident of winning the match ‘very comfortably.’
“I am confident that we will come hard against Malaysia tomorrow (Saturday). We were not even close to our average against Hong Kong but against Malaysia we will be a much better team. We will win very comfortably‚” added the coach. Dassanayake hinted at making some changes in the side but would not open his cards before the match. “We have some plans against Malaysia but since we are playing second match of the day‚ we could wait to see the pitch‚” said the coach.
Dassanayake is expected to bring in Prithu Baskota in place of either all rounder Manjeet Shrestha or right arm spinner Sanjam Regmi and include seamer Chandra Saud in place of Amrit Bhattarai. Left arm medium pacer Amrit has been wicketless in the previous two matches conceding 43 runs in five overs.
Skipper Paras Khadka was aware that there was no room for negotiation with less than a victory. “There is no doubt we have to win as we are left with no other alternatives. We have trained hard and won’t let that hard work wash out‚” said Paras.
Nepal failed to accelerate their innings against Hong Kong with the hosts scoring below-par 115-9 after the batsmen lost their wickets in a hurry. Paras said the batsmen have to stay for long at the pitch. “I think we lacked a little bit of patience that was needed against Hong Kong. The stroke makers have to spend some time in the middle but at the same time they should not consume a lot of dot balls‚” Paras said.
Only No 3 batsman Gyanendra Malla had shown some resilience against Hong Kong making a 39-ball 38 and the vice-captain knew what would be the team’s focus on Wednesday. “We need to make sure that we don’t lose wickets at crucial stages. Our focus will be to give a good start and capitalise on it‚” said Gyanendra.
The match will also be Nepal’s fourth duel against a team under their former coach Dias. Nepal had lost to Dias-managed Oman during the 2011 edition of this tournament and after the Sri Lankan took the hot-seat of Malaysia‚ Nepal have prevailed in two 50-over matches. Nepal had crushed Malaysia by 10 wickets in the 2012 ICC World Cricket League Division-III at their home and defeated them by 21 runs in the ACC Trophy Elite semi-finals later that year in the UAE.
Dias termed Saturday’s match as ‘quarter-final’. “It is a crucial game. Since‚ both teams have relatively easier opponents in their final league-stage matches‚ the winner will virtually earn a semi-final berth‚” said Dias adding a huge backing from the supporters would be an advantage for Nepal.