ACC Trophy Elite 2010 - Commentary - FINAL: Afghanistan v Nepal

AFGHANISTAN WON BY 95 RUNS
Nepal: 129 all out off 40 overs (G.Malla 30, S.Vesawkar 35)
Man of the Match: Raees Ahmadzai (Afghanistan)
Afghanistan's bowlers and fielders all contributed to the victory, rescuing their team after Nepal's bowlers themselves had done so well in the morning.

Raees Ahmadzai says Afghanistan's coach Kabir Khan stood over the team at lunch and told them not to eat too much, and that may have had an effect on their hunger for victory, for glory, for vindication, for proof of their excellence, for their winning of their nation's first ACC Trophy.

Afghanistan are now ACC Twenty20 Champions along with the ACC Trophy Elite.

It's the ICC World Twenty20 for them next, just three and a half weeks from now and we'll all be following them there.

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Rahul VIshvakarma b Nowroz Mangal 1 (5 balls)
39.6 Nowroz to Rahul, WICKET, bowled him!
39.5 Nowroz to Rahul, no run
39.4 Nowroz to Rahul, no run, sliding away
39.3 Nowroz to Rahul, no run, driven back to the bowler
39.2 Nowroz to Sanjam, 1 run
39.1 Nowroz to Sanjam, no run
98 wanted off 11 overs
3 runs every 2 balls
End of over 39 (2 runs) Nepal 127 for 9 Target: 225 (50 overs)
38.6 Nabi to Sanjam, 1 run
38.5 Nabi to Sanjam, no run
38.4 Nabi to Sanjam, no run
38.3 Nabi to Sanjam, no run
38.2 Nabi to Sanjam, no run
38.1 Nabi to Rahul, 1 run
Nabi to bowl
End of over 38 (3 runs) Nepal 125 for 9 Target: 225 (50 overs)
37.6 Nowroz to Sanjam, no run
Last man is Rahul Vishvakarma LHB
Sharad Vesawkar run out Mirwais/Nowroz 35 (60 balls, 3 fours)
37.5 Nowroz to Sharad, WICKET, run-out, Sharad cuts to point, Shabbir throws to Nowroz and Sharad is inches short
37.4 Nowroz to Sharad, no run
37.3 Nowroz to Sharad, no run
37.2 Nowroz to Sanjam, 1 run
37.1 Nowroz to Sharad, 1 run
Nowroz Mangal OB back on in place of Sami
Nepal need 103 off 13 overs at just under 8 an over
End of over 37 (5 runs) Nepal 122 for 8 Target: 225 (50 overs)
36.6 Nabi to Sanjam, no run
36.5 Nabi to Sharad, 1 run
36.4 Nabi to Sharad, 2 runs, cut/edged down to third man, Shahpour hauls in
36.3 Nabi to Sanjam, 1 run to square leg
36.2 Nabi to Sharad, 1 run
36.1 Nabi to Sharad, no run
End of over 36 (4 runs) Nepal 117 for 8 Target: 225 (50 overs)
Sami 10-1-32-1
35.6 Sami to Sanjam, 2 runs
35.5 Sami to Sanjam, no run
35.4 Sami to Sanjam, no run
35.3 Sami to Sharad, 1 run, good save by the big man Shahpour at long-on, returning from an ankle twist
35.2 Sami to Samjam, 1 run
35.1 Sami to Samjam, no run
Crowd of 4000+ all massed around the boundary. Only pockets of clear space are those in front of the sightscreens, team tents, umpores, scorers and officials
End of over 35 (4 runs) Nepal 113 for 8 Target: 225 (50 overs)
Sharad 29* (53 balls), Sanjam 3*
34.6 Nabi to Sharad, no run, played to point
34.5 Nabi to Sharad, no run, back to the bowler
34.4 Nabi to Sharad, FOUR, driven over mid-on, finds the gap well
34.3 Nabi to Sharad, no run, can't beat Nowroz at mid-on
34.2 Nabi to Sharad, no run
34.1 Nabi to Sharad, no run, Nowroz at mid-on fields
Nabi OB back on at the Port End in place of Hamid Hassan 6-0-23-1
Nepal need 116 off 16 overs at 7.25 an over
End of over 34 (5 runs) Nepal 109 for 8 Target: 225 (50 overs)
33.6 Sami to Sharad, 1 run, top-edged pull falls safe at straight mid-on
33.5 Sami to Sharad, no run, turns and bounces
33.4 Sami to Sharad, no run, under-edged to slip
33.3 Sami to Sanjam, 1 run, swept to square leg
33.2 Sami to Sanjam, 2 runs, swept to fine leg
33.1 Sami to Sharad, 1 run, square cut to cover point
End of over 33 (2 runs) Nepal 104 for 8 Target: 225 (50 overs)
Sami 8-1-23-1
32.6 Hamid to Sanjam, no run, full-pitched and dug out well
32.5 Hamid to Sanjam, no run, short and Sanjam sways out of the way
32.4 Hamid to Sanjam, no run, almost yorked
32.4 Hamid to Sanjam, WIDE, bouncer over the head
32.3 Hamid to Sanjam, no run
32.2 Hamid to Sharad, 1 run
32.1 Hamid to Sharad, no run
New batsman is Sanjam Regmi RHB
Binod Das c Mohammad Shahzad 8 b Samiullah Shenwari (20 balls)
Nepal 102 for 8 after 32 overs
31.5 Sami to Binod, WICKET, attempted pull, skews off the bat high in the air and Shahzad walks in front of the stumps and uses his gloves
31.4 Sami to Binod, 2 runs, pitched up and driven over cover Karim at long-off fields
31.3 Sami to Binod, no run, pushed to off from the back foot
31.2 Sami to Binod, no run
31.1 Sami to Sharad, 1 run, driven to long-off
End of over 31 (4 runs) Nepal 99 for 7 Target: 225 (50 overs)
Sharad 21* (40) , Binod 6* (15)
30.6 Hamid to Binod, no run, plays and misses
30.5 Hamid to Binod, 2 runs, pulled round, beats square leg but Karim at fine leg makes an audacious one-handed stop running round from fine leg
30.4 Hamid to Binod, no run, full length and defended
30.3 Hamid to Sharad, 1 run, slower and tucked off the legs for an easy single
30.3 Hamid to Sharad, WIDE
30.2 Hamid to Sharad, no run
30.1 Hamid to Sharad, no run
Hamid back on - Afghanistan going for the jugular
DRINKS
Malaysia yesterday on this wicket made almost 110 off the last 10 overs so Nepal aren't out of it yet
End of over 30 Nepal 95 for 7 Target: 225 (50 overs)
Nepal need 130 off the next 20 overs at 6.50 an over
MAIDEN
29.6 Sami to Binod, no run
29.5 Sami to Binod, no run, forward defensive
29.4 Sami to Binod, no run, defended on the front foot
29.3 Sami to Binod, no run
29.2 Sami to Binod, no run
29.1 Sami to Binod, no run
End of over 29 (5 runs) Nepal 95 for 7 Target: 225 (50 overs)
Sharad 20*, Binod 4*
28.6 Hamid to Sharad, FOUR, pitched up and driven square, beats Nowroz at cover
28.5 Hamid to Sharad, no run, balooning bouncer, face-high
28.4 Hamid to Sharad, no run, full-length delivery, driven to mid-off Nabi
28.3 Hamid to Sharad, no run
28.2 Hamid to Binod, 1 run, top-edged pull, drops safely in front of fine leg
28.1 Hamid to Binod, no run, defended
Malaysia are 151 for 4 after 35 overs chasing 252 in 50 to win the 3rd/4th Playoff v Hong Kong at KOC Hubara
End of over 28 (3 runs) Nepal 90 for 7 Target: 225 (50 overs)
Sharad 16*, Binod 3*
27.6 Sami to Sharad, no run, Nabi fields well at nid-off
27.5 Sami to Sharad, no run, defended off the back foot
27.4 Sami to Sharad, no run
27.3 Sami to Binod RHB, 1 run, outside edge coming forward, perfectly pitched leg-break, wide of slip
27.2 Sami to Sharad, 1 run, hoisted over midwicket
27.1 Sami LB to Binod, 1 run
End of over 27 (2 runs) Nepal 87 for 7 Target: 225 (50 overs)
26.6 Hamid to Binod, 1 run, mnistimed pull goes behind on the off side
26.5 Hamid to Binod, no run, defended
New batsman is the old campaigner Binod Das
Nepal 86 for 7 after 26.4
Dipendra Chaudhary b Hamid Hassan 0 (1 ball)
26.4 Hamid to Dipendra, WICKET, bowled him and breaks middle stump in the process as it flies 5 yards backwards
Dipendra Chaudhary RHB is the new batsman to face his first
26.3 Hamid to Sharad, 1 run, short and Sharad just manages to flick it round
26.2 Hamid to Sharad, no run
26.1 Hamid to Sharad, no run
Much on Sharad Vesawkar now
Hamid Hassan comes back from the Port End replacing Sami 5-0-17-0
140 wanted by Nepal off the next 24 overs, 4 wickets in hand
Game firmly in Afghanistan's grasp now
Basant Regmi b Nowroz Mangal 5 (9 balls)
Nepal 85 for 6 after 26 overs
25.6 Nowroz to Basant, WICKET, leg stump knocked back as the batsman goes for a big one
25.5 Nowroz to Basant, no run, waited on and simply playeed back
25.4 Nowroz to Basant, 2 runs, drien to long-on
25.3 Nowroz to Basant, no run
25.2 Nowroz to Basant, no run, played to cover Nabi
25.1 Nowroz to Sharad, 1 run, cut past backward point
25.1 NNowroz to Sharad, WIDE
New bowler replacing Hamid 2-0-10-0 is Afghan captain Nowroz Mangal OB
Afghanistan at the same stage in their innings were 98 for 4
At the half-way stage Nepal need another 144 at 5.76 an over
End of over 25 (3 runs) Nepal 81 for 5 Target: 225 (50 overs)
24.6 Sami to Sharad, 1 run, driven past point
24.5 Sami to Basant, 1 run, inside edge between his legs, quick single
24.4 Sami to Basant, no run, goes back in the crease, can't find the leg-side gap
24.3 Sami to Sharad, 1 run, driven past cover to 13th man Nasratullah
24.2 Sami to Sharad, no run
24.1 Sami to Sharad, no run
End of over 24 (4 runs) Nepal 78 for 5 Target: 225 (50 overs)
23.6 Hamid to Basant, 2 runs, driven between Sami and Nabi on the off-side
23.5 Hamid to Basant LHB, no run
Still waiting for sightscreen adjustments
About 5000 in the ground now, not too noisy but the tribal drums are a constantr refrain
Afghanistan on top here
Afghan fans encroaching on the sight-screen area, wearing white mostly which doesn't help against the white ball
23.4 Hamid to Sharad, 1 run, quick run to point
BAsant Regmi LHB is the new batsman, a good man for a crisis
Gyannendra Malla run out Shahzad/Hassan 30 (43 balls, 3 fours)
Nepal 74 for 5 after 23.3 overs
23.3 Hamid to Sharad, WICKET, off the pad and down leg, Shahzad the 'keeper scrambles to his left, gathers. Malla already half way down the wicket and can't beat Shahzad's throw to the bowler
Unfortunate way to end an innings that was looking so good
23.2 Hamid to Malla, 1 run, pushed to long-off Karim
23.1 Hamid RMF to Malla, no run, batsman beaten by one that flies off a length outside off
End of over 23 (3 runs) Nepal 74 for 4 Target: 225 (50 overs)
22.6 Sami to Sharad, no run, almost steps on his wicket as he goes back into the crease
22.5 Sami to Malla, 1 run, driven firmly, Nabi fields at deep mid-on
22.4 Sami to Sharad, 1 run, through the off-side
22.3 Sami to Sharad, no run, drawn forward, beaten
22.2 Sami to Sharad, no run
22.1 Sami to Malla, 1 run, driven firmly to Noori at long-on
Nepal need 5.50 runs per over
Sami Shenwari back on, from the Port End
End of over 22 (6 runs) Nepal 71 for 4 Target: 225 (50 overs)
Malla 27*, Sharad 9*
21.6 Hamid to Sharad, no run, plays and misses, sound of bat hitting ground
21.5 Hamid to Malla, 1 run, tip and run and a good single
Doctor and physio on the field and Shahpour leans on them as he limps back to the Afghan tent thirty yards away
Shahpour in giving chase ran into the crowd and looks like he's twisted his ankle. In quite a bit of pain
21.4 Hamid to Malla, FOUR, pulled through mid-on. Shot of a man in form
21.3 Hamid to Malla, no run
21.2 Hamid to Malla, no run
21.1 Hamid to Sharad, 1 run, tapped behind point
Afghanistan trying to stop the gsame drift away back towards Nepal: Hamid Hassan RMF and the tournament's highest wicket-taker comes on from the Hubara End in place of Sami Shenwari 3-0-11-0
End of over 21 (3 runs) Nepal 65 for 4 Target: 225 (50 overs)
Malla 22*, Sharad 8*
20.6 Nabi to Sharad, 1 run
20.5 Nabi to Malla, 1 run, driven past the bowler
20.4 Nabi to Sharad, 1 run, pulled round to deep square leg Shabbir
20.3 Nabi to Sharad, no run, attempts to turn a ball off his pads, no real connection
20.2 Nabi to Sharad, no run
20.1 Nabi OB to Sharad RHB, no run
End of over 20 (4 runs) Nepal 62 for 4 Target: 225 (50 overs)
19.6 Sami to Malla, 1 run, toosed up and driven well to the cover sweeper Shabbir Noori 12th man on in place of the injured Raees
19.5 Sami to Malla, 1 run, goes under Nabi's body at mid-off
19.4 Sami to Malla, no run
19.3 Sami to Sharad, 1 run, through the off-side
19.2 Sami to Malla, 1 run, driven firmly to Shahpour at long-on
19.1 Sami to Malla, no run, driven back to the bowler
End of over 19 (6 runs) Nepal 58 for 4 Target: 225 (50 overs)
Malla 19*, Sharad 4*
18.6 Nabi to Sharad, FOUR, cut well into the gap
18.5 Nabi to Sharad, no run
18.4 Nabi to Sharad, no run
18.3 Nabi to Sharad, no run
18.2 Nabi to Malla, 1 run, driven crisply to long-on Mirwais
18.2 Nabi to Malla, WIDE, down leg
18.1 Nabi to Malla, no run
End of over 18 ( 3 runs) Nepal 52 for 4 Target: 225 (50 overs)
17.6 Sami to Sharad, no run, plays and misses a full-length delivery spinning way
17.5 Sami to Sharad, no run
New batsman is Sharad Vesawkar RHB, in good form all this year
17.4 Sami to Malla, 1 run, driven to long-off Karim
17.3 Sami to Malla, no run, spins and bounces outside off, let through
Karim at cover was struck on the left foot by that drive and receives some treatment
17.2 Sami to Malla, 2 runs, driven hard through off, takes 4 fielders to stop the boundary
17.1 Sami to Malla, no run
Sami Shenwari LB to Gyanendra Malla RHB
Nepal 49 for 4 after 17 overs, Target 225 off 50 overs
Paras Khadka lbw Mohammad Nabi 11 (30 balls)
16.6 Nabi to Paras, WICKET, lbw! Nabi was convinced, Paras hadn't got forward and was still on the crease, Umpire Salomon takes a couple of seconds and then raises his finger
16.5 Nabi to Paras, no run
16.4 Nabi to Malla, 1 run, driven off the front foot to long-on
16.3 Nabi to Malla, no run, off the pads to fly slip
16.2 Nabi to Malla, no run, spins off the pad into the air, 'keeper catches
16.1 Nabi to Malla, no run
End of over 16 ( 4 runs) Nepal 48 for 3 Target: 225 (50 overs)
15.6 Sami to Paras, no run, comes forward to drive, misses
15.5 Sami to Malla, 1 run, pitched up on off and driven to long-off, comfortable single
15.4 Sami to Malla, no run
15.3 Sami to Paras, 1 run
15.2 Sami to Malla, 1 run, driven square
15.1 Sami to Paras, 1 run, miscued drive but over the infield and safe
Sami Shenwari LB comes on at the Hubara End
Nepal need 181 off 35 overs at just under 5.2 an over
End of over 15 ( 1 run) Nepal 44 for 3 Target: 225 (50 overs)
14.6 Nabi to Malla, no run
14.5 Nabi to Malla, no run, slower on off, and Malla can't get bat on ball
14.4 Nabi to Paras, no run, late cut/edged down to third man
14.3 Nabi to Paras, no run
14.2 Nabi to Paras, no run, bat and pad close together
Afghan fans by a 12 to 1 ratio
14.1 Nabi to Paras, no run, defended on the front foot
Close to 5000 at the ground now
Champion to champion
Nabi OB to come on at the Port End
End of over 14 ( 7 runs) Nepal 43 for 3 Target: 225 (50 overs)
Mirwais 7-0-31-2
Sahpour 7-3-11-1
Paras 8*, Malla 12*
13.6 Mirwais to Malla, no run, defended
Malla looks in great touch, plenty of time to play
13.5 Mirwais to Malla, FOUR, driven through mid-off, in the air for a while and just out of reach of the diving Nabi at mid-off
13.4 Mirwais to Malla, no run, stroked to cover Karim
13.3 Mirwais to Malla, 2 runs, driven square, Karim hauls in five yards from the rope
13.2 Mirwais to Paras, 1 run, flicked down to fine leg
13.1 Mirwais to Paras, no run
DRINKS
The match is finely poised. If Gyanendra Malla and Paras Khadka can put on a big partnership, Nepal will recapture the initiative. If Afghanistan get one more wicket, the game will be theirs to win
End of over 13 (1 run) Nepal 35 for 2 Target: 225 (50 overs)
12.6 Shahpour to Malla, no run, on the stumps and Gyanendra defends stoutly
12.5 Shahpour to Malla, no run
12.4 Shahpour to Paras, 1 run, full and on the pads and Paras drives to mid-on Noori
If Afghanistan get Paras....if Paras can get through this spell.....
This is some great cricket between two top cricketers
12.3 Shahpour to Paras, no run, defended off the back foot
12.2 Shahpour to Paras, no run, ball gets big on Paras and he's late on the strok, ball balloons up off the shoulder area
12.1 Shahpour to Paras, no run
Shahpour 6-3-10-1 to continue from the Port End
Nepal need 190 off 38 overs at 5.00 an over
End of over 12(7 runs) Nepal 35or 2 Target: 225 (50 overs)
11.6 Mirwais to Malla, 2 runs, overpitched on leg this time and the batsmen plays through mid-on, Hamid pulls it in
11.5 Mirwais to Malla, FOUR, overpitched and driven sweetly through point, Karim gives chase in vain
11.4 Mirwais to Malla, no run
11.3 Mirwais to Malla, no run, defended to cover
11.2 Mirwais to Malla, no run, defended
11.1 Mirwais to Paras, 1 run, driven square
Mirwais to continue
Air is heavy with humidity and tension
Nepal 28 for 3 after 11 overs
WICKET MAIDEN
10.6 Shahpour to Malla, no run, beaten outside off again
10.5 Shahpour to Malla, no run, beaten outside off, misses the bat by a whisker
10.4 Shahpour to Malla, no run, defended off a length
10.3 Shahpour to Malla, no run, plays a lifter down behind him
Gyanendra Malla RHB, a top player, comes in
Nepal's 28 for 3 (10.2 overs)
Shakti Gauchan c Mohammad Nabi b Shahpour Zadran 6 (23 balls)
10.2 Shahpour to Shakti, WICKET, plays at one he felt he had to and Nabi at slip takes it knee high
Two slips in place and a gully
10.1 Shahpour to Shakti, no run, gets his head out of the way of a lifter
Nepal need 197 off 40 at 4.825 per over
End of over 10 (7 runs) Nepal 28 for 2 Target: 225 (50 overs)
9.6 9.6 Mirwais to Paras, 2 runs, played to wide third man
One slip and a gully in place
9.5 Mirwais to Paras, 2 run, driven to mid-on, Hamid fields and Shakti has to dive to be sure of the second
Both batsmen have been dropped once
9.4 Mirwais to Paras, no run, left outside off
9.3 Mirwais to Shakti, 1 run, deflected down to third man, Shahpour fields well
9.2 Mirwais to Shakti, no run, pinned on the pads by a full-length delivery
9.1 Mirwais to Shakti, 2 runs, driven square
Nepal 21 for 2 (9 overs)
MAIDEN
8.6 Shahpour to Paras, no run, risng ball on off EDGED, bounces just in front of the wicketkeeper
Good duel between the two tall men
8.5 Shahpour to Paras, no run, defended off the front-foot
8.4 Shahpour to Paras, no run, defended on the backfoot
8.3 Shahpour to Paras, no run
8.2 Shahpour to Paras, no run, let go outside off
8.1 Shahpour to Paras, no run, soars off a length
End of over 8 (2 run) Nepal 21 for 2 Target: 225 (50 overs)
Shakti 3*, Paras 1*
Shahpour 4-1-10-0, Mirwais 4-0-10-2
7.6 Mirwais to Shakti, no run
7.5 Mirwais to Paras, 1 run, clipped behind square
7.4 Mirwais to Paras, no run, DROPPED, by Asghar at first slip, Paras flashing, has shelled 3 so far, taken 1
1 slip and a gully in place
7.3 Mirwais to Paras, no run, left outside off
7.2 Mirwais to Paras RHB, no run, defended
7.1 Mirwais RMF to Shakti, 1 run, to mid on
In the 3rd/4th Playoff Malaysia are 47 for 0 after 12 overs chasing Hong Kong's 252
End of over 7 (1 run) Nepal 19 for 2 Target: 225 (50 overs)
6.6 Shahpour to Shakti, no run, bat on ball down to third man
6.5 Shahpour to Shakti, no run, plays and misses a fuller delivery
6.4 Shahpour to Shakti, no run, another lifter off a length left alone
6.3 Shahpour to Shakti, no run, climbs off a length and Shakti drops his wrists to leave
6.2 Shahpour to Shakti, no run, let through to the keeper
6.1 Shahpour LFM to Shakti, no run
End of over 6 (1 run) Nepal 18 for 2 Target: 225 (50 overs)
5.6 Mirwais to Paras, RHB, beaten outside off
Nepal's captain Paras Khadka is the new batsman
Nepal 18 for 2 (5.5 overs)
Anil Mandal c Asghar Stanikzai b Mirwais Ashraf 5 (11 balls, 1 four)
5.5 Mirwais to Anil, WICKET, had to play at that one and this time Asghar at slip holds on
5.4 Mirwais to Anil, no run, shouldered arms to a ball on off
5.3 Mirwais to Anil, no run, defended on off-stump
5.3 Mirwais to Anil, WIDE, on the off
5.2 Mirwais to Anil, no run, outside off and let through
5.1 Mirwais to Anil, no run, thuds into the pads
Nepal need 208 off 45 overs at 4.4 runs per over
Nepal: 17 for 0 Target: 225 (50 overs)
MAIDEN
4.6 Shahpour to Shakti, no run, left outside off
4.5 Shahpour to Shakti, no run, DROPPED, Shakti edgerd to Asghar at slip and the ball bounced out of his hands as he fell to the ground
4.4 Shahpour to Shakti, no run, fuller length and Shakto defends on off and middle
4.3 Shahpour to Shakti, no run, short of a length and climbs through to the keeper
4.2 Shahpour to Shakti, no run, on a length and through to the keeper on the off
4.1 Shhapour LFM to Shakti RHB, no run, climbs off a length outside off and Shakti draws away
Nepal's openers have been making great starts this tournament, but not today
End of over 4 (2 runs) Nepal 17 for 0 Target: 225 (50 overs)
3.6 Mirwais to Shakti, 1 run, down to third man
3.5 Mirwais to Shakti, no run, left alone outside off
3.4 Mirwais to Shakti, no run, defended
3.3 Mirwais to Shakti RHB, no run, defended
Shakti Gauchan one of th all-timne Nepali greats into bat
Nepal: 16 for 1 (3.2 overs)
Mahesh Chettri c Mohammad Shahzad b Mirwais Ashraf 4 (15 balls)
3.2 Mirwais to Chettri, WICKET, caught by wicket-keeper Shahzad diving to his right, off the face of the bat, tried to leave at the very last instant
3.1 Mirwais to Chettri, no run, defended
Unusually erratic bowling from the paceman
3.1 Mirwais to Chettri, WIDE, down leg
End of over 3 (6 runs) Nepal 15 for 0 Target: 225 (50 overs)
2.6 Shahpour to Anil, FOUR, half-volley outside off and square driven through point
2.5 Shahpour to Anil, no run, beaten outside off
2.4 Shahpour to Chettri, 1 run, pushed to mid-off, Karim dives can't stop the single, Nowroz tidies up
2.3 Shahpour to Anil, 1 run, down to third man
2.2 Shahpour to Anil, no run, BIG APPEAL for a thin edge to Asghar at slip low down, Umpires say not out
2.1 Shahpour LFM to Anil, no run, let through outside off
End of over 2 (6 runs) Nepal 9 for 0 Target: 225 (50 overs)
1.6 Mirwais to Chettri, full and almost yorker-length, defended on the off-side
1.6 Mirwais to Chettri, WIDE, outside off
1.5 Mirwais to Chettri, full and straight and defended
1.5 Mirwais to Chettri, WIDE, down leg
1.4 Mirwais to Chettri, no run, fired in straight and defended
1.3 Mirwais to Anil, 1 leg bye
1.2 Mirwais to Chettri, no run,Mirwais to Chettri, 1 run, glsanced down to fine leg Noor Ali
1.1 Mirwais to Chettri, no run, defended
1.1 Mirwais to Anil, 2 WIDES, batsman cross
In the 3rd/4th Playoff Malaysia are 22 for 0 after 5 overs chasing Hong Kong's 252
Anil's one of the tournament's highest run-scorers and has played very well throughout
Mirwais Ashraf RMF to bowl from the Hubara End to Anil Mandal RHB
End of over 1 (3 runs) Nepal 3 for 0 Target: 225 (50 overs)
0.6 Shahpour to Chettri, no run, full and taken on the pads
0.5 Shahpour to Chettri, no run, beaten outside off
0.4 Shahpour to Chettri, 2 runs. knee-high full-toss played down to third man with a straight bat
0.3 Shahpour to Chettri, no run, pitched up and the batsman's forward with plenty of time to defend
0.2 Shahpour to Chettri, no run, plays and misses outside off
0.1 Shahpour to Chettri, FREE HIT, swings big and misses
0.1 Shahpour to Chettri, NO BALL
Shahpour LFM is at the top of his 30-yard run up, pawing the ground
Still hazy sunshine but a lot warmer than the morning around 32 degrees Centigrade
The wicket's full of runs and Nepal are chasing 225 with 50 overs to do it in
Game on!
Nepal's openers Mahesh Chettri and Anil Mandal are right behind them
The Afghanistan team's out in the middle
ACC Trophy Elite Final: Afghanistan v Nepal, in Kuwait
Afghanistan 224 all out 50 overs (K.Sadiq 58, R.Ahmadzai 52, M.Nabi 48; B.Das 3-35)
LUNCH, Resumption at 1.15 KST, (1015 hrs GMT)
The stage is set, with more than 4000 fans (20% estimated to be NepalI) already at KOC Hubara ready to cheer on their teams. Join them and us at 1.15 PM (1015 hrs GMT)
A real ding-dong contest that, the match swinging one way and then another. Nepal bowled and fielded very well and Afghnaistan really had to work hard for their runs. Karim Sadiq held the innings together early on and his partnership with Mirwais Ashraf (59) for the 4th wicket brought the Afghan innings back on track. Raees Ahmadzai and Mohammad Nabi then put on 97 in 103 balls for the seventh wicket but they fell just as Afganistan werer looking for a final charge. 224 is a little under par on this wicket, Nepal have to be fancied at this stage but of course there are a number of potent Afghan bowlers who will have to be taken on.
Afghanistan 224 all out 50 overs (K.Sadiq 58, R.Ahmadzai 52, M.Nabi 48; B.Das 3-35)
Shahpour Zadran b Binod Das 2 (4 balls)
49.6 Binod to Shahpour, WICKET, bowled as he tries a big shot
49.5 Binod to Hamid, 1 run, driven off leg to deep midwicket, no chance of a second
49.4 Binod to Hamid, no run, in the blockhole just outside off and Hamid can't get bat on ball
49.3 Binod to Hamid, no run, off the pad and through to the 'keeper
Hamid takes a helmet now
49.2 Binod to Hamid, FOUR makes room and powers it sqaure through point
49.1 Binod to Shahpour, 1 run
Binod Das RMF to bowl the last over
Good over for Nepal there
Just what they wanted, two wickets and just 1 run
End of over 49 (1 run) Afghanistan 218 for 9
48.6 Paras to Hamid (helmetless), no run, fast yorker, kept out
48.5 Paras to Shahpour, 1 run, driven to long-off
48.4 Paras to Shahpour, no run, slower ball
Afghanistan 217 for 9 (48.3 overs)
A rare outing for the new batsman Shahpour Zadran LHB
Sami Shenwari b Paras Khadka 5 (4 balls, 1 four)
48.3 Paras to Sami, WICKET, bowled him, leg-stump as he tries the big shot over long-on
48.2 Paras to Sami, no run
Hamid Hassan RHB is the new batsman
Raees Ahmadzai c Dipendra Chaudhry b Paras Khadka 52 (64 balls, 5 fours, 1 six)
48.1 Paras to Raees, WICKET, flicked, head behind the ball at point of impact to long-on who takes it waist-high running in
End of over 48 (10 runs) Afghanistan 217 for 7
Raees 52*, Sami 5*
47.6 Basant to Sami, no run
47.5 Basant to Sami, FOUR, short ball pulled hard past the diving Shakti at midwicket
47.4 Basant to Raees, 1 run, pulled to midwicket
47.3 Basant to Sami, 1 run
Sami Shenwari RHB is the new batsman
Afghanistan 211 for 7 (47.2 overs), Raees 51*
Nabi had been playing quite conservatively by his standards
Mohammad Nabi st Mahesh Chettri b Basant Regmi 48 (46 balls, 1 four, 2 6s)
47.2 Basant to Nabi, WICKET, down the wicket and stumped, the ball taken from off
Big wicket
47.1 Basant to nabi, FOUR, driven through cover
End of over 47 (12 runs) Afghanistan 207 for 6
Raees 51*, Nabi 41* Partnership of 94
46.6 Paras to Raees, no run, in the blockhole
46.5 Paras to Raees, FOUR, overpitched and not even Gyanendra can stop that one as he runs in front of the sightscreen
46.4 Paras to Raees, 2 runs, looking for the yorker again, Dipendra at long-on fields
46.3 Paras to Raees, FOUR, this full-toss is despatched striaght to the sightscreen
46.2 Paras to Nabi, 1 run, full toss driven straight back on to the bowler's end stumps
46.1 Paras to Raess, 1 run, driven to long-off Malla
Partnership of 82* from 97 balls so far
PAras Khadka RMF to bowl from the Hubara End
End of over 46 (8 runs) Afghanistan 195 for 6
45.6 Basant to Raees, 1 run, DROPPED at deep midwicket by Sanjam
45.5 Basant to Raees, FOUR, picks the gap expertly through point off the short ball
45.4 Basant to Nabi, 1 run, fired in flat and Nabi cuts to point
45.3 Basant to Nabi, no run
45.2 Basant to Nabi, 2 runs to long-off from the full-toss
45.1 Basant to Nabi, no run, beaten outside off
Basant 9-1-26-0 to bowl his last over from the Port End
These two have rescued Afghanistan from a difficult situtation, but they'll still need to get close to 250 on this track against the Nepali batting
End of over 45 (14 runs) Afghanistan 187 for 6
Raees 35* (54 balls), Nabi 40* (39 balls)

Partnership of 73 off 89 balls
Batting Powerplay is taken
44.6 Rahul to Raees, 2 runs, just placed in the gap between mid-on and midwicket and Nabi races hard
44.5 Rahul to Nabi, 1 run, flat-batted to long-off
44.4 Rahul to Nabi, SIX, swung effortlessly over long-off, the biggest fo the day
44.3 Rahul to Raees, 1 run, to midwicket
End of over 44 (6 runs) Afghanistan 173 for 6
43.6 Basant to Nabi, no run
43.5 Basant to Raees, 1 run
43.4 Basant to Raees, no run
43.3 Basant to Raees, 2 runs
43.2 Basant to Raees, 2 runs, great stop by Gyanendra at square leg off the savage pull
43.1 Basant SLA to NAbi, 3 runs, snicked down to third man, Dipendra hauls it in
End of over 43 (9 runs) Afghanistan 167 for 6
200 should be passed but how close can Afghanistan get to 250 against some good Nepali bowling and fielding?
42.6 Shahkti to Nabi, 1 run to long off
42.5 Shahkti to Raees, 1 run
42.4 Shahkti to Raees, no run
42.3 Shahkti to Raees, no run
FIFTY PARTNERSHIP
42.2 Shahkti to Raees, SIX, down the track and with the inner half of the bat finds one of his many fans behind deep midwicket
42.1 Shakti to Nabi,1 run to long off
Batting Powerplay still in hand
End of over 42 (4 runs) Afghanistan 158 for 6
Raees 18*, Nabi 28* Partnership of 44* off 71 balls
41.6 Basant to Nabi, 1 run
41.5 Basant to Raees, 1 run, to Paras at mid-off
41.4 Basant to Raees, no run
41.3 Basant to Nabi, 1 run
41.2 Basant to Nabi, no run, attempted sweep
41.1 Basant to Raees, 1 run
End of over 41 (5 runs) Afghanistan 154 for 6
Partnership 40* off 65 balls
40.6 Shakti to Raees, 1 run
40.5 Shahkti to Raees, no run
Paras Khadka says "good work, guys" to his team
40.4 Shakti to Raees, driven to long-off Gyanendra, runner Noori has to run very hard for the second
40.3 Shakti to Nabi, 1 run, driven to long-on and Dipendra comes in hard
40.2 Shakti to Raees, 1 run, driven to long-off Gyanendra
40.1 Shakti to Raees, no run
RR 3.725 at the moment
End of over 40 (2 runs) Afghanistan 149 for 6
39.6 Basant to Raees, 1 run, edged low, keper no chance, down to third man inside the circle
39.5 Basant to Raees, no run, faster and spins away
39.4 Basant to Raees, no run, played back to the bowler
39.3 Basant to Raees, no run
39.2 Basant to Raees, no run
39.1 Basant to Nabi, 1 run
Basant Regmi SLA replaces Sanjam 5-0-23-0 at the Port End
RR of 3.77 at present
End of over 39 (5 runs) Afghanistan 147 for 6
Raees in a cap, Nabi in a helmet to the spinners
38.6 Shakti to Raees, no run
38.5 Shakti to Nabi, 1 run to Gyanendra at long-on
38.4 Shakti to Nabi, no run, off the back foot back to the bowler
Paras geeing his troops
38.3 Shakti to Raees, 1 run to long-on
38.2 Shakti to Raees, no run, played late and missed
38.1 Shakti to Nabi, 3 runs, helped down to fine leg
Shakti Gauchan SLA back on at the Hubara End, he repalces Rahul 8-0-26-2
End of over 38 (9 runs) Afghanistan 142 for 6
Raees 10*, Nabi 20*
37.6 Sanjam to Raess, no run
37.5 Sanjam to Raees, 2 runs, late cut
37.4 Sanjam to Raees, no run, can't beat the fielder at mid-on
37.3 Sanjam to Nabi, 1 run, cut to point on the boundary
37.2 Sanjam to Nabi, no run, hammered back to the bowler as he drops short
37.1 Sanjam to Nabi, SIX, down the track and over long-on
End of over 36 (1 run) Afghanistan 133 for 6
36.6 Rahul to Raees, no run
36.5 Rahul to Raees, no run
36.4 Rahul to Raees, no run, played and missed outside off
36.3 Rahul to Nabi, 1 run
36.2 Rahul to Nabi, no run
36.1 Rahul to Nabi, no run
14 overs remaining could produce a 100 runs, but Afghanistan only have 4 wickets in hand
RR of 3.67 so far
End of over 35 (3 runs) Afghanistan 132 for 6
35.6 Sanjam to Nabi, 1 run to long-on
35.5 Sanjam to Nabi, no run, off the back foot to backward point
35.4 Sanjam to Raees, 1 run, driven to long-on
35.3 Sanjam to Raees, no run, attempted cut is missed
35.2 Sanjam to Raees, no run
35.1 Sanjam to Nabi, 1 run
Next door Hong Kong are 165 for 4 in 41 overs, 3rd/4th Playoff match
It still looks a good wicket and 250 should be par
End of over 35 (1 run) Afghanistan 129 for 6
34.6 Rahul to Raees, no run
34.5 Rahul to Raees, no run
34.4 Rahul to Raees, no run, stumping chance may have been missed as the bal bit and turned
34.3 Rahul to Raees, no run
34.2 Rahul to Nabi, 1 run, cut to the cover fielder in the deep Sharad
34.1 Rahul to Nabi, no run, right up to the batsman
RR of 3.76 at the moment, on course for 188 at this rate
End of over 34 (4 runs) Afghanistan 128 for 6
Raees 7*, Nabi 9*
33.6 Sanjam to Raees, no run
33.5 Sanjam to Raees, no run, bit of bounce for Sanjam
33.4 Sanjam to Raees, no run, tapped down
33.3 Sanjam to Raees, FOUR, full-toss and just caressed into the gap at deep-extra. Fielder in the audience of 4000 does a dance as he throws back
33.2 Sanjam to Raees, no run, Nabi almost run out at the bowler's end as he's sent back
33.1 Sanjam to Raees, no run
Mohammad Nabi is in and much rests on him
Nepal have the upper hand at the moment, getting Karim after his 58 and partnership of 69 with Miirwais changed the game. Asghar was then run-out and Raees picked up an injury
DRINKS
End of over 33 (2 runs) Afghanistan 124 for 6
Raees 3*, Nabi 9*
32.6 Rahul to Nabi, no run
32.5 Rahul to Nabi, 2 runs, driven to long-on
32.4 Rahul to Nabi, no run
32.3 Rahul to Nabi, no run, attempted sweep
32.2 Rahul to Nabi, no run
32.1 Rahul to Nabi, no run
Game has swung back Nepal's way
Raees Ahmadzai has called for a runner, looks like a knee injury for him. Noor Ali Noori will do the honours
End of over 32 (2 runs) Afghanistan 122 for 6
31.6 Sanjam to Raees, no run, forward defensive
31.5 Sanjam to Raees, no run
31.4 Sanjam to Nabi, 1 run
31.3 Sanjam to Nabi, no run
31.2 Sanjam to Nabi, no run
31.1 Sanjam to Raees, 1 run
End of over 31 (6 runs) Afghanistan 120 for 6
30.6 Shakti to Nabi, 2 runs
30.5 Shakti to Nabi, no run
30.4 Shakti to Nabi, 2 runs
30.3 Shakti to NAbi, 2 runs
30.2 Shakti to Nabi, no run
Nabi is in
30.1 Rahul to Asghar, WICKET, run-out sent back by Raees after he taps to point and Basant does the damage
End of over 30 (2 runs) Afghanistan 114 for 5
29.6 Shakti to Asghar, 1 run, driven to long-off
29.5 Shakti to Asghar, no run
29.4 Shakti to Asghar, no run
29.3 Shakti to Asghar, no run
29.2 Shakti to Raees, 1 run
29.1 Shakti to Raees, no run
Shakti back on from the Port End 5-0-23-0
End of over 29 (2 runs) Afghanistan 112 for 5
28.6 Rahul to Asghar, no run
28.5 Rahul to Asghar, no run
28.4 Rahul to Asghar, no run
28.3 Rahul to Raees, 1 run to long-off
28.2 Rahul to Raees, no run
28.2 Rahul to Raees, WIDE
Raees Ahmadzai RHB is the new batsman
Afghanistan 111 for 5 (28.1 overs)
Karim Sadiq c Paras Khadka b Rahul Vishvakarma 58 (105 balls, 2 fours, 2 sixes)
28.1 Rahul to Karim, WICKET, soft dismissal! Just pats one back to Paras at cover, softly.
End of over 28 (5 runs) Afghanistan 110 for 4
Karim 58*, Asghar 5*
27.6 Sanjam to Karim, 1 run, tip and run single on the leg side
27.5 Sanjam to Asghar, 1 run, driven to Anil in the deep at cover
27.4 Sanjam to Karim, 1 run, to square leg
27.3 Sanjam to Asghar, 1 run, off the back foot to long-on
27.2 Sanjam to Asghar, no run
27.1 Sanjam to Karim, 1 run
Sanjam Regmi OB is the new bowler at the Port End, replacing Basant Regmi who bowled very well
End of over 27 (4 runs) Afghanistan 105 for 4
Karim 55*, Asghar 3*
26.6 Rahul to Karim, 1 run, driven square to cover point Sharad
26.5 Rahul to Asghar, 1 leg bye
26.4 Rahul to Asghar, no run, almost a mix-up, Karim is sent back in time
26.3 Rahul to Karim, 1 run, clipped to square leg
26.2 Rahul to Asghar, 1 run
26.1 Rahul SLA to Asghar RHB, no run
Basant 6-1-14-0, Rahul 2-0-11-1
25.6 Basant to Asghar, 1 run, tip and run, run taken after some hesitation
Karim 53*, Asghar 2*
Afghanistan 100
25.5 Basant to Karim, 1 run
25.4 Basant to Karim, no run, defended, bat and pad together
25.3 Basant to Karim, no run
25.2 Basant to Asghar, 1 run
25.1 Basant to Asghar, no run
New batsman is RHB Mohammad Asghar
RR 3.92 at the half-way stage
End of over 25 (4 runs) Afghanistan 98 for 4
Mirwais Ashraf c Gyanendra Malla b Rahul Vishvakarma 24 (26 balls, 1 four, 2 sixes)
24.6 Rahul to Mirwais, WICKET, mishits an attempted straight 6 to Gyanendra running in at long-off, good catch
24.5 Rahul to Karim, 1 run, turned off his hips to Binod at square leg
24.4 Rahul to Mirwais, 1 run to long-off Gyanendra
24.3 Rahul to Karim, 1 run to long-off
24.2 Rahul to Karim, no run
24.1 Rahul to Mirwais, 1run
RR of 3.92 at the moment
End of over 24 (2 runs) Afghanistan 94 for 3
23.6 Basant to Karim, no run
23.5 Basant to Karim, no run
23.4 Basant to Karim, no run
23.3 Basant to Karim, 2 runs, Karim's 50 off 88 balls
23.1 - 23.2 Basant to Karim, no run
Good recovery by Karim and Mirwais
End of over 23 (7 runs) Afghanistan 92 for 3
22.6 Rahul to Mirwais, no run
Back in the bowler's hands now
The ball is being retrieved from behind the massed throng at square leg
53* partnership off 66 balls
22.5 Rahul to Mirwais, SIX, swept over square leg
22.4 Rahul to Karim, 1 run, back in the crease to work a length deleivery to wide mid-on
22.3 Rahul to Karim, no run
22.2 Rahul to Karim, no run
22.1 Rahul to Karim RHB, no run, left, outside off
New bowler is Rahul Vishwakarma SLA
End of over 22 (5 runs) Afghanistan 85 for 3
21.6 Basant to Mirwais, no run
21.5 Basant to Mirwais, 2 runs, his first in a long time, fielded well by Binod at long-off
21.4 Basant to Karim, 1 run, punched to deep extra Anil
21.3 Basant to Karim, 2 runs, to fine leg
Karim 46*
21.2 Basant to Karim, no run
21.1 Basant to Karim, no run
End of over 21 (9 runs) Afghanistan 80 for 3
20.6 Shakti to Mirwais, no run
20.5 Shakti to Karim, 1 run, down the track to Gyanendra at long-off
20.4 Shakti to Karim, no run, fired in and Karim forward to defend
20.3 Shakti to Karim, SIX, swung from outside off to long-on
20.2 Shakti to Karim, 2 runs, whipped down to fine leg Binod
20.1 Shakti SLA to Karim RHB, no run
Afghanistan scoring at 3.55 and will finish on 168 at this rate
End of over 20 (1 runs) Afghanistan 71 for 3
19.6 Basant to Mirwais, no run
19.5 Basant to Mirwais, no run
19.4 Basant to Mirwais, no run
19.3 Basant to Karim, 1 run
We're ready for another 100,000 now
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Apologies for the loss of communications - too many hits at once, 97,832 apparently!
19.2 Basant to Karim, no run
19.1 Basant to Karim, no run
End of over 19 (3 runs) Afghanistan 70 for 3
Karim 34*, Mirwais 14*
18.6 Shakti to Mirwais, no run
18.5 Shakti to Karim, 1 run, driven to long-off, Gyanendra does well again
18.4 Shakti to Karim, no run
18.3 Shakti to Karim, no run
Better now
Karim getting some treatment for what looks like a tweaked shoulder
18.2 Shakti to Karim, 2 runs, helped round the corner
18.1 Shakti SLA to Karim RHB, no run
Afghanistan 67 for 3 (18 overs)
MAIDEN
17.6 Basant to Mirwais, no run, well fieded by Paras
17.5 Basant to Mirwais, no run, on the front foot to cover
17.4 Basant to Mirwais, no run
17.3 Basant to Mirwais, no run
17.2 Basant to Mirwais, no run, BIG APPEAL for lbw, UMpire Salomon is unmoved
17.1 Basant SLA to Mirwais RHB, no run
Partnership of 28* off 31 balls
End of over 17 (4runs) Afghanistan 67 for 3
16.6 Shakti to Karim, 2 runs, driven hard to long-off, Gyanendra does well
16.5 Shakti to Karim, no run, defended
16.4 Shakti to Karim, no run, tapped to mid-on
16.3 Shakti to Karim, 2 runs, swung round to long-on ro a ball pitching outside off
16.2 Shakti to Karim, no run
Temporary technical problem- We'll return ASAP
Basant Regmi SLA replaces Binod Das at the Port End
End of over 15 (3 runs) Afghanistan 60 for 3
14.6 Shakti to Mirwais, 2 runs
14.5 Shakti to Mirwais, no run
14.4 Shakti to Karim, 1 run, turned to square leg
14.3 Shakti to Karim, no run
14.2 14.2 Shakti to Karim, no run
Shakti brings Sanjan in close on the offside
14.1 Shakti to Karim, no run
Binod Das 7-2-29-2
Karim 23*, Mirwais 12*
Shakti SLA from the Hubara End now, replacing Paras 6-1-22-0
End of over 14 (11 runs) Afghanistan 57 for 3
13.6 Binod to Mirwais, FOUR, driven sweetly through mid-off
13.5 Binod to Mirwais, 2 runs, full, on the legs, driven to mid-on
13.4 Binod to Karim, 1 run, driven crisply to mid-on, Dipendra fields
13.3 Binod to Karim, no run, driven on the up to cover, Paras fields
13.2 Binod to Karim, no run, outside off and Karim shoulders arms
13.1 Binod to Karim, FOUR, flicked off his pads to vacant square leg
End of over 13 (7 runs) Afghanistan 46 for 3
Karim 18*, Mirwais 6*
12.6 Paras to Mirwais, no run, right up to the bat, defended
12.5 Paras to Mirwais, no run
12.4 Paras to Mirwais, no run
Mirwais is one of those players who hardly ever lets his side down - like a Nepali?!
12.3 Paras to Mirwais, SIX, short and swivelled round straight over Binod Das at fine leg
12.2 Paras to Karim, 1 run, turned to backward square
12.1 Paras to Karim, no run
Lot rests on Karim here, he could play a game-changing innings or not
Mirwais is in to protect the strokeplayers
End of over 12 (9 runs) Afghanistan 39 for 3
Nepal on top here
11.6 Binod to Mirwais, no run
Mirwais Ashraf RHB in
Afghanistan 39 for 3 (11.5 overs)
Nowroz Mangal c Anil Mandal b Binod Das 14 (14 balls, 3 fours)
11.5 Binod to Nowroz, WICKET, turned off his legs, mistimedly, and Anil Mandal dives forwrd at square leg to pouch
11.4 Binod to Nowroz, 2 runs, timed nicely off his legs through the midwicket gap, Anil chases
11.3 Binod to Karim, 1 leg bye
11.2 Binod to Karim, no run, length ball, pushed back, Nowroz backing up really has to turn and scoot to beat the ball back
11.1 Binod to Karim, SIX, pitched up and Karim smokes it over the sightscreen
End of over 11 (5 runs) Afghanistan 30 for 2
Karim 11*, Nowroz 12*
10.6 Paras to Nowroz, FOUR, not clean contact but dowen the track and hit over cover
Long, loping run-up from the Nepal captain, as he comes in to Nowroz
10.5 Paras to Nowroz, no run
10.4 Paras to Karim, 1 run, one taken off the shy at the bowler's end which missed
10.3 Paras to Karim, no run, defended to point Shakti
10.2 Paras to Karim, no run, flat-footed swing to a short ball outside off, no contact
Karim hates being tied down and Paras enjoys tying batsmen down
10.1 Paras RMF to Karim RHB, no run, swings and misses
End of over 10 (1 run) Afghanistan 25 for 2
MAIDEN
9.6 Binod to Nowroz, no run, full and defended
Another big contest is Binod RMF v Nowroz RHB
9.5 Binod to Karim, 1 leg bye
9.4 Binod to Karim, no run, defended
Big hits aren't going to get Afghanistan too far at this stage but Karim is a batsman who likes hitting big
Real sense of a great contest building here
9.3 Binod to Karim, no run, blockhole delivery and Karim just pushes back
9.2 Binod to Karim, no run, takes half step down the wicket and lets the length ball go through to the keeper
Binod bowling very well here
9.1 Binod to Karim, no run
End of over 9 (5 runs) Afgahnistan 24 for 2
Karim 10*, Nowroz 8*
Binod 4-1-10-1, Paras 4-1-10-0
8.6 Paras to Nowroz, FOUR, driven sumptuously through mid-off with a full-flow of the bat. Top shot
8.5 Paras to Nowroz, no run
8.4 Paras to Nowroz, no tun
Paras to Nowroz, captain to captain, possibly a match-deciding battle
6.3 Paras to Karim, 1 run, turned fine to Binod Das, no chance of a second
6.2 Paras to Karim, no run, defended on off-stump, left elbow high
8.1 Paras RMF to Karim RHB, no run, pitched up and Karim doesn't attempt a drive
End of over 8 (5 runs) Afgahnistan 19 for 2
7.6 Binod to Nowroz, no run, driven to Paras at mid-off
7.6 Binod to Nowroz, WIDE, on the off side
7.5 Binod to Nowroz, FOUR, on leg stump and flicked over square leg
7.4 Binod to Nowroz, no run, a little shorter and played off his hips to square leg
7.3 Binod to Nowroz, no run, pitched up on middle and played back to the bowler
7.2 Binod to Nowroz, no run
7.1 Binod to Nowroz, no run
Pressure building on the batsman
Afghanistan 14 for 2 (7 overs)
MAIDEN
6.6 Paras to Karim, no run, left alone outside off
6.5 Paras to Karim, no run, short of a length and Karim defends chest-high
6.4 Paras to Karim, no run, all on the money and Karim in uber-defensive mode
6.3 Paras to Karim, no run
6.2 Paras to Karim, no run
6.1 Paras to Karim, no run
New batsman is Nowroz Mangal RHB, Afghanistan's captain
Afghnaistan 14 for 2 (6 overs)
Mohammad Shazad c Mahesh Chettri b Binod Das 0 (2 runs)
5.6 Binod to Shahzad, WICKET, ball on a length on off and takes the edge
5.5 Binod to Shahzad, no run, full and on the stumps and driven bck to the bowler
Mohammad Shhazad RHB is the new batsman
Afghnanistan 14 for 1 (5.4 overs)
Noor Ali Noor run out (Malla) 5 (12 balls)
5.4 Binod to Noori, WICKET, suicide run, pushes straight to Gyanendra, goes half-way down the track before turning back and a direct hit sends him away
5.3 Binod to Noori, no run, driven hard off the front-foot, straight to Paras at mid-off
5.2 Binod to Noor, no run
5.1 Binod to Karim, 1 run, quick run taken and Anil Mandal misses with the throw at the bowler's end, would have been close
End of over 5 (2 runs), Afghanistan 13-0
Karim 8*, Noori 5*
4.6 Paras to Noori, no run, cut and well-fielded by Basant Regmi, diving to his right at point
4.5 Paras to Karim, 1 run, short and cut down to third man
4.4 Paras to Karim, no run, played and missed onr short of a length on off
4.3 Paras to Noori, 1 run, Noori drops the ball in front of him and Karim hurries through
4.2 Paras to Noori, no run, left alone outside off
4.1 Paras RMF to Noori RHB, no run
Afghanistan 11-0 (4 overs)
MAIDEN
3.6 Binod to Karim, no run, edged, faster ball right on the spot and the ball drops a yard in front of Shakti at first slip
3.5 Binod to Karim, no run, unmolested outside off
3.4 Binod to Karim, no run, defended on off
"I am the bowler's best friend", he said last night, "I give them so many of my wickets."
When Karim's in defensive mode he looks unsure, when he attacks he looks splendidly able
3.3 Binod to Karim, no run, pitched up and attacking the stumps, Karim defends
Crowd building, about 200 at the moment, 99% in favour of Afghanistan at the moment, but Nepali fans can be expected in the hundreds later. Today is a non-working day in the Gulf
Fans arriving again walking behind the bowler's arm causes a delay
3.2 Binod to Karim, no run
3.1 Binod to Karim, no run, full and on the pads, appeal
End of over 3 (3 runs), Afghanistan 11-0
2.6 Paras to Karim, 1 run, full and on the pads and turned round fine
2.5 Paras to Karim, no run, short and Karim misses the cut
2.4 Paras to Karim, no run, short, Karim pulls but doesn't get hold of it and one bounce to mid-on Sanjam
2.3 Paras to Noori, 1 run, short of a length and pushed to backward point
2.2 Paras to Karim, 1 run, short of a length and clipped to square leg
2.1 Paras to Karim, no run
Paceman Paras Khadka ends the experiment with spin and comes on himself at the Hubara End
End of over 2 (4 runs), Afghanistan 8-0
1.6 Binod to Karim, 1 run, short and pulled round to fine leg, Sharad
1.5 Binod to Karim, no run, outside off
Slight delay as there's some movement behind the sightscreen from a man in white salwar kameez
1.4 Binod to Noori, 1 run, dropped short and dropped down by Noori, quick run as Gyanendra rushes in and shies
1.3 Binod to Noori, 2 runs, pitched up and driven straight, over the bowler's arms, not timed too well
1.2 Binod to Noori, no run, outside off, fuller and Noori is beaten
1.1 Binod to Noori, no run, outside off, through to the 'keeper Chettri
Binod Das RMF from the Port End to Noor Ali Noori RHB
End of over 1 (4 runs), Afghanistan 4-0
0.6 Shakti to Karim, FOUR, hit straight, just over Shakti's outstretched hands
0.5 Shakti to Karim, no run
0.4 Shakto to Karim, no run, false stroke, takes the leading edge, drawn forward, falls clear of point
0.3 Shakti to Karim, no run, slides away outside off
0.2 Shakti to Karim, no run
0.1 Shakto to Karim, no run, drops on a length
He'll start to KArim Sadiq RHB
Shakti Gauchan SLA to start from the Hubara End, looking to prey on the perceived weakness of the Afgans to spin ASAP
Hazy shade of spring at Kuwait today, temperature about 22 degrees Centigrade. No breeze and some rain expected later in the day!
The Afghan openers Noor Ali Noori and Karim Sadiq striding out now
Nepal walking out now, behind the umpires
Fast-bowler Mahaboob Alam is out of the side which won the semi-final because of injury, Binod Das is his pace replacement. "Binod brings a lot of experience to the side," says Paras Khadka just now.
Nepal: Paras Khadka (Captain), Mahesh Chettri, Anil Mandal, Shakti Gauchan, Gyanendra Malla, Sharad Vesawkar, Basant Regmi, Dipendra Chaudhary, Binod Das, Sanjam Regmi, Rshul Vishwakarma, 12th Man Amrit Bhattarai
The team unchanged from the one that defeated defending ACC Trophy champions Hong Kong in the semi-final.
Afghanistan: Nowroz Mangal (Captain), Karim Sadiq, Raees Ahmadzai, Hamid Hassan, Asghar Stanekzai, Mohammad Shahzad, Mohammad Nabi, Noor Ali Noori, Mirwais Ashraf, Shahpoor Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, 12th Man Shabbir Noori
Team news in a moment
A contingent of Afghani and Nepali journalists are at the ground too.
Plenty of interest around the world for this match, both sides having considerable following.
Looks a 250+plus wicket this morning and with track being even better for batting in the afternoon, Nepal will fancy chasing anything. Nepal had to work hard to defend 272 in their semi-final against Malaysia two days ago on the same wicket at this ground
Nepal have won the toss and elected to field

Welcome to the ball-by-ball commentary for the 2010 ACC Trophy Elite, live from KOC Hubara in Kuwait. The stage is set for what could be an epic final between two closely matched teams, Afghanistan and Nepal. Nepal have reached the Final unbeaten after five matches, Afghanistan have lost one of their four matches on the way.

Nepal have been steam-rollered by Afghanistan at senior level in the past but this is a more dynamic, more confident team and Afghanistan, for all their prowess as an ODI nation, will not find it so easy this time. Afghanistan start as marginal favourites but the game is still too close to call


Match starts at 8.15 AM Kuwait time (0515 hrs GMT)