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9-run defeat against Nepal ends Afghanistan's journey of World T20

CHITTAGONG: Nepal has set another marker on Thursday at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, beating Afghanistan by 9 runs for the first time in T20s, ARY News reported.

Nepal batted first after being invited by Afghanistan, who had won the toss.

Nepals’s opeing batsmen Subash Khakurel made the first half-century by a Nepal player at the tournament. He scored 56 in 53 balls absorbing 23 dot balls.

Khakurel provided Nepal a stand worth 76 with Sharad Vesawkar (37), who struck some meaty bottom-handed strokes.

Nepal remained unsuccessful to have productive concluding overs and bogged down at the end once again. The final two overs of each of their three games have totaled 43 for 8.

Nepal ended their inning at 141-5.

Chasing 142 Afghanistan were in trouble by the fifth over, when Nepal’s right-arm Jitendra Mukhiya took wickets with consecutive balls to leave them 20 for 3.

Shafiqullah, who finished the match against Hong Kong in barbarous fashion on Tuesday, once again played a wonderful knock of 36 runs.

Asghar Stanikzai, who scored aggressive 49 off 36, kept the game alive by hitting fours from the first, second and fourth ball of the final over but, with 10 still needed, he holed out to long-on and Nepal could breathe.

Jitendra Mukhiya played a leading role to restrict Afghanistan in their chase. He ended his 4 overs spell by taking 3 for 18.

The defeat ended Afghanistan’s journey for World T20. They had come into the tournament hoping to upset a top-level side or two but they will depart knowing that the competition around them has increased.

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