Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai
Over 15.3 || Score 132/2
Shakib Al Hasan launched Sagar Pun for six in the sixteenth to seal the match in style for his team. Bangladesh thrashed Nepal by eight wickets to win the match, with 27 balls to spare. For the third wicket Sabbir Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan added 53 runs in 5.1 overs to make sure that their team seal the match quite comfortably.
Over 12 || Score 90/2
After smashing a four in the first ball of the 11th over bowled by Gauchan, in the very next ball, Anamul Haque got run out. He scored 42 runs in mere 33 balls before heading towards the pavilion. But then Shakib Al Hasan, the new man in, launched Regmi for six over long-on in the 12th over. Now the home side need 37 runs in 48 balls to win their second consecutive match of the tournament.
Anamul Haque run out 42 (48m 33b)
Over 10 || Score 75/1
In the 8th over Tamim Iqbal's cameo of 30 runs came to an end as Regmi got the better of him. But the other opener Anamul Haque is still in the middle and scoring briskly. Now Bangladesh need 52 runs in last ten overs to seal the match.
Tamim Iqbal c Sagar Pun b Regmi 30 (22b)
Over 5 || Score 41/0
Bangladesh got off to a solid start as they have scored 41 runs in the first five overs without losing a wicket. Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque are playing sensible cricket by playing the ball according to its merit. Anamul Haque is being more aggressive among the two as he has already scored two sixes and three fours in his unbeaten 28 runs knock.
Over 1 || Score 13/0
In the very first over, Anamul Haque smashed a six and then a boundary to collect 13 runs from the over. Sompal Kami was at the receiving end as he bowled the opening over for Nepal.
Over 20 || Score 126/5
After a decent start, Nepal, failed to capitalise on that and at the end only managed to set up a total of 126 runs in front of Bangladesh. Al-Amin Hossain bowled a brilliant last over and gave mere two runs in it and also scalped a wicket of S Vesawkar of the last ball. Now it would be interesting to see whether, Napal managed to defend this total or it would be a cake walk for Bangladeshi batsmen to score 127 runs.
P Khadka b Mashrafe Mortaza 41 (35b)
S Vesawkar run out 40 (43b)
Over 16 || Score 93/3
Now only four overs are left and Nepal would look to score runs quickly. Bangladeshi bowlers would be pleased with their efforts if they restrict Nepal under 120 runs, whereas, from here, Nepal would be eyeing for a score near 130 plus.
Over 13 || Score 74/3
Khadka scored two boundaries in the 13th over off Nasir Hossain. But apart from that Bangladeshi bowlers are bowling at a tight line. Batsmen are finding it difficult to score runs freely. But now they have to score runs briskly to take their total to somewhere near 120.
Over 10 || Score 54/3
In last five overs Nepal have lost two more wickets in the form of G Malla, who trapped in front of the wicket and Sagar Pun. So far Bangladeshi bowlers have successfully contained Nepal batsmen. From here on Nepal must be eyeing for a score somewhere near 130, as they have seven wickets in hand.
G Malla lbw b Al-Amin Hossain 13 (6b)
Sagar Pun c Shakib Al Hasan b Al-Amin Hossain 12 (19b)
Over 5 || Score 28/1
In the first five overs Nepal managed to score 28 runs but lost a wicket in the middle in the form of SP Khakurel. Spinner Abdur Razzak gave Bangladesh their first breakthrough. G Malla is the next man in after the fall of first wicket.
SP Khakurel c Abdur Razzak b Farhad Reza 8 (13b)
Bangladesh have won the toss and elected to bowl first.
It might be a tight contest between both the teams as they would be high on confidence after wining their first matches of the tournament. Both teams have pitted in the same squad for this match.
Though Bangladesh are favourites to win the match but in the shortest format of the game, it`s always difficult to put your money on a team. And for record, Nepal are No 1 in the group, ahead of Bangladesh on net run rate.
Due factor might play a role in the later part of the match.