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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.

  • 4:55 PM IST

    Rashid Khan has promoted him to open the batting. He knows the importance of this match. With very less chances of survival Afghanistan need to win the match comfortably keeping some overs to spare. Afghanistan 11 after 3 overs

  • 4:27 PM IST

    For Nepal. in their opening match they gave a tough fight to Scotland who were chasing 150. Nepal reduced the table toppers for 6 down in the process.

  • 4:25 PM IST

    Afghanistan in their opening match scored 255 against table topper Scotland. The score should be an easy one for a team of Afghanistan standard. They would have to be careful of the Lamichhane spin web though.

  • 4:19 PM IST

    And Nepal couldn’t reach the 200 mark, as they were all-out for 194. The innings of Paras Khadka set the platform for Nepal. Mohammad Nabi took 4 wickets followed by Rashid Khan, 3 wickets. Will Afghanistan chase it down to keep their World Cup dream alive.

  • 4:12 PM IST

    Nepal are 9 down with one over to go. Can they cross the 200 mark? will tgis be a competitive total against Afghanistan?

  • 4:08 PM IST

    Last 5 overs 15 runs have been scored with the loss of 2 wickets for Nepal. We can see few more shots been played at the end of the innings.

  • 3:56 PM IST

    Mohammad Nabi is on a role here. He has taken 4 wickets in his 9 overs. Nepal are 7 down for 179. Regmi and Karan KC in the middle now.

  • 3:31 PM IST

    Nepal are repeating their mistakes. Once again the wicket of Paras Khadka opens the floodgates. Half of the side is back in the pavilion at a score of 152.

  • 3:24 PM IST

    Rohit tries to unleash a massive shot down to midwicket! Rockets up into the air, but is it long enough? Sadly for Nepal, it’s not. Safe hands of Sharafuddin Ashraf claim it comfortably, and Nepal look in a spot of trouble here. And Nepal are 4 down with that at 139 after 35 overs.

  • 2:31 PM IST

    Paras Khadka once again standing strong for his team. He is playing on 59 with 8 fours and one maximum. What Khadka is doing best here is that he is allowing Malla to settle down. Malla has scored 21 from 61. The runs coming from one end is allowing him to play such innings. Nepal 92/1 after 23.4 overs.

  • 2:14 PM IST

    The partnership between Khadka and Malla is now 58. Khadka is nearing 50 with team score 71/1 in 19 overs. Mujeeb Zadran, the only Afghan bowler who picked up the sole wicket of Nath.

  • 1:43 PM IST

    Khadka is continuing from wehre he left from. He scored 15 runs off Sharafuddin Ashraf’s over.

  • 1:29 PM IST

    Paras Khadka and Malla on the crease. This experienced unit can revive Nepal innings. Let’s not forget this is a must win match for both the sides. Both the teams have entered the contest without a win. Nepal 14/1 after 6 overs

  • 1:19 PM IST

    Gyanendra Malla and A Sah have given a decent start to Nepal. And as I am typing, A Sah has been dismissed. Mujeeb Rahman has got a wicket. Nepal are one down. Nepal 13/1 after 4 overs.

  • 12:53 PM IST

    afg XI: A Zazai (wk), R Shah, M Nabi, R Khan (c), G Naib, S Ashraf, M Ur Rahman, N Zadran, S Zadran, S Shenwari, J Ahmadi

  • 12:52 PM IST

    nep XI: G Malla, A Sah (wk), P Khadka (c), DS Airee, A Sheikh, R Kumar, S Kami, B Regmi, Karan KC, S Lamichhane, L Rajbanshi

  • 12:41 PM IST

  • 12:40 PM IST

    Toss Update: Nepal to bat vs Afghanistan

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