ICC T20 WORLD CUP : NEPAL WON BY 80 RUNS
Toss Hong Kong, who chose to field
T20I debuts Aizaz Khan, JJ Atkinson, Babar Hayat, MS Chapman, Haseeb Amjad, Irfan Ahmed, Nadeem Ahmed, Najeeb Amar, Nizakat Khan, Tanwir Afzal and Waqas Barkat (Hong Kong); B Bhandari, NB Budayair, SP Gauchan, P Khadka, SP Khakurel, G Malla, JK Mukhiya, B Regmi, Sagar Pun, Sompal Kami and S Vesawkar (Nepal)
Twenty20 debuts NB Budayair and Sompal Kami (Nepal)
Player of the match SP Gauchan (Nepal)
Umpires Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and RJ Tucker (Australia)
TV umpire PR Reiffel (Australia)
Match referee J Srinath (India)
Reserve umpire S Ravi (India)
For the first time in five years, an Associate nation has won a game at the World T20. Okay, so that was a given, as Hong Kong and Nepal contested the maiden encounter between two second-tier sides in the tournament’s history, but Nepal’s achievement, on their World T20 debut, was no less memorable for that.
Nepal’s journey has been incredible. In World T20 qualifier they defeated favourites Kenya in a last over thriller while chasing to secure a place for this mega event. Despite losing both the warm up games they won’t be bogged down and will look to announce their arrival on global level on a winning note. They have a decent looking bowling side but have wear and tear in their batting which can let them down.
Hong Kong defeated Zimbabwe and Netherlands in their warm up matches and will be on their toes for this encounter. They have combination of both experience and fresh blood. Mark Chapman has come well in both the warm up matches, so has medium fast bowler Haseeb Amjad who took six wickets against Netherlands. Jamie Atkinson will be hopeful that his side steps out with a world class performance.
Nepal hammered 149-8 after being sent into bat and then bowled Hong Kong out for just 69 in 17 overs.
With the wicket of Nadeem Ahmed in the 17th over, Nepal sealed the match against Hong Kong by huge margin of 80 runs. After putting up a challenging total of 150 runs in front of Hong Kong, Nepal’s bowlers joined the party as they summed up the Hong Kong innings in mere 69 runs. Shakti Gauchan won the Man of the Match award for scalping three wickets.