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  • 7:21 PM IST

    Afghanistan have registered their first win in the tournament. Najibullah Zadran with his half century saw Afghanistan home. On the other hand Nepal have lost three consecutive matches. There at now at the same situation where Afghanistan was before the match.

  • 6:57 PM IST

    OUT! Nepal get the wicket they wanted, too late maybe. Airee gets his second, dismisses Nabi for 34 but Afghanistan now need only 43 runs.

  • 6:49 PM IST

    The last 5 overs have gone for 31. This is what Nabi brings to the batting line up. Only 50 runs required for Afghanistan now to register their first win. They would try to get there as early as possible to improve their net run rate. The partnership now is 36.

  • 6:39 PM IST

    Both batsmen dealing in singles for now and why won’t they with Afghanistan needing 66 off 20 overs.

  • 6:26 PM IST

    Dipendra Airee has got the main wicket of Rahamat Shah on 46. He was well in the came and turning the match towards Afghanistan, Can Nepal capitalise on this and turn things around from here ? Afghanistan 111/3 after 26 overs.

  • 6:24 PM IST

    This is the thing with Nabi. He is the sixer-man for Afghanistan. He has hit the most number of sixes for his team and is far ahead of others.

  • 6:19 PM IST

    Rahmat Shah is playing a goof hand in the match taking the game close to Afghanistan. The equation is now 98 needed in 26 overs. Nabi the new man in.

  • 5:44 PM IST

    The runs have started to flow from Rahmat Shah’s bat now as Ahmadi still struggling with 11 runs off 33 balls. Afghanistan 62/1 after 15 overs.

  • 5:27 PM IST

    Nepal have kept things tight at the moment, The maiden 5th over and Rashid Khan’s wicket has slowed down things for Afghanistan. They have only scored 9 runs in last 5 overs.

  • 5:05 PM IST

    Rashid Khan is on fire. He has hit 5 fours (3 consecutive in the 4th over) and is playing on 21 off 12 balls. On the other hand Javed Ahmadi is struggling to get the ball away.

Both teams seek first win © Getty Images
Both teams seek first win © Getty Images

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018. Match 16 of the tournament will see Nepal take on Afghanistan. Both sides enter the contest of the back of only losses. It will be fresh beginnings for Nepal as well as Afghanistan, with a hope to keep their 2019 World Cup dream alive. Afghanistan had entered the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers as favourites with their success in the recent past. Shockingly, they lost all the three matches in tournament so far. As for the standings in Group B, Scotland and Zimbabwe lead the pack while the win over Afghanistan has given Hong Kong a chance. 

To get in among the top three and qualify for the Super Sixes, Rashid Khan’s team must not only beat Nepal in Bulawayo but also hope for Zimbabwe and Nepal to beat Hong Kong. That will put all three of Afghanistan, Nepal and Hong Kong on two points, with net run rate deciding who goes through. Meanwhile, Nepal also share the same fate. They are up against Afghanistan whose confidence level is at an all time low. To make it worse, the forecast suggests rains for during the day. Hopefully, one can witness a full match.

Squads: 

Nepal: Paras Khadka (c), Dipendra Singh Airee (wk), Aarif Sheikh, Lalit Bhandari, Shakti Gauchan, Karan KC, Sandeep Lamichhane, Gyanendra Malla, Dilip Nath, Rohit Kumar, Lalit Rajbanshi, Basant Regmi, Anil Sah, Sompal Kami, Sharad Vesawkar

Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Rashid Khan (c), Javed Ahmadi, Ihsanullah Janat, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Nasir Jamal, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Afsar Zazai

Editorial team of CricketCountry.