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Nepal to bat first against Afghanistan

After two convincing victories in the group stage, Nepal’s real test in the 17th Asian Games has begun as they will bowl first after winning the toss against Afghanistan in the quarter-finals at the Yeonhui Cricket Ground in Incheon.

 

Nepalese across the globe will begin celebrating their most loved festival Dashain from today and it could be a double merry making for the country if the cricketers gift them with another victory against their archrivals in the shorter version of the game.

 

Afghanistan has always been a thorn for Nepal in any international tournament with the battle cherished by people from both countries – be it in football or in cricket. Nepal recently ended their nine-year old losing streak to Afghanistan in cricket’s grandest stage – the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

 

And with an experimental Afghan side that has headed for Korea, Nepal have a golden opportunity to not only continue their winning streak but also take a stride towards an Asiad medal that has eluded the Nepali camp in Korea.

 

If Nepal passes the Afghanistan test, familiar foes Hong Kong will be another battle for Nepal in the last four. Nepal had crushed Kuwait by nine wickets and Maldives by seven wickets to win Group ‘B’.

 

Nepal will play with the same team that had played against Maldives.

 

Nepal Playing XI:- Subash Khakurel (wicket keeper), Naresh Budayair, Binod Bhandari, Paras Khadka (captain), Gyanendra Malla, Sharad Vesawkar, Shakti Gauchan, Basant Regmi, Sagar Pun, Som Pal Kami, Bhuwan Karki

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