Jitendra Mukhiya was named the Man of the Match for his brilliant spell. That's all from this game. The Bangladesh vs Hong Kong game is up next. Join us back for that.
The Nepalese bowlers were absolutely sensational today. Sagar Pun, the part-timer was superb in his three overs while Jitendra Mukhiya was phenomenal in hitting the yorker lengths at will in the death overs. Gauchan took a couple of wickets in his first over itself and the fielding was outstanding too. Afghanistan's batting was survived by Stanizkai and Shafiqullah towards the death overs but in the end, they fell short of 9 runs.
Nepal were struggling in the first innings but then the duo of Khakurel and Vesawkar did an extremely remarkable job of first snitching a partnership, then accelerating the run-scoring in the end.
Amongst minnows itself, we have a shock win here! Afghanistan beat Bangladesh in the Asia Cup and now have been defeated by Nepal in the World T20 qualifier. That is what exactly this format does.
to Mirwais Ashraf
Nepal win by 9 runs! What an emphatic victory for the less-known minnows. Length delivery angled across, Dawlat misses out and the Nepalese fielders rejoice in delight.
Dawlat Zadran walks out to face the last ball. 10 required off 1 ball.
to Asghar Stanikzai
OUT! Stanikzai's gone! End of Afghanistan's fight and Nepal will rejoice, if not for an extra delivery. A low full toss, maximum runs were there for the taking but Stanikzai's bat turned in his hand and the ball went down the throat of Malla at long on.
FOUR! Afghanistan are still in the game, 10 required off 2 balls! Stanikzai is down with cramps again! Short of a length, it's been slapped away over mid-wicket.
Full and wide outside off, Stanikzai slogs it through mid-wicket. They come back for the risky second but the keeper collected the throw but did not break the stumps.
Physio is out in the middle to help Stanikzai, who's down with cramps.
FOUR! Yet another misfield from the same fielder off the same shot. Another full ball on the stumps, Stanikzai slogs it yet again wide of long on. Malla runs across but yet again doesn't field well to allow the boundary.
FOUR! A misfield in the deep! A low full toss, Stanikzai hoicks it over wide mid on. Malla in the deep doesn't field well and allows the boundary.
A low full toss outside off, swiped down to long on for a quick couple of runs to end the over. 24 needed off 6 balls.
A full length ball, lofts it down to long off for one.
Mirwais Ashraf walks in.
to Samiullah Shenwari
OUT! Nepal have been excellent on the field today and the skipper Paras Khadka himself, has taken two wonderful catches. Shenwari tries to charge out and convert the full toss but top-edges it high in the air. The ball goes towards mid on where the bowler and Khadka go towards it but Khadka calls out stronger and takes a diving catch. Outstanding!
WOW! Third yorker on the trot! Stanikzai pushes it through covers for one.
A yorker on middle, Shenwari tries to dig it but only manages an inside edge on the leg side for one.
He's been consistent with his yorkers so far. Right up in the blockhole, Stanikzai digs it away through mid-wicket for one.
Another yorker, on the pads, Stanikzai went to slog but yet again only managed an inside edge to fine leg for just one. 30 required off 12 balls now.