An all-round display by Nepal helped them secure an 80 run win over Hong Kong in the second match on the opening day of ICC World Twenty20 2014. Hong Kong chasing 150 runs lost vital first wicket in shape of Irfan Ahmed on the first ball of their innings. Captain Jamie Atkinson (6) was the next man out when score read 9-2 in 1.6 overs. Waqas Barkat (18) and Babar Hayat (20) looked to bring momentum Hong Kong’s way but left arm orthodox Shakti Gauchan had some other ideas and broke the partnership which was worth 28 runs. At one stage Hong Kong looked on course with 58-3, but Nepal spinners then soon ran through the batting order and bundled them for mere 69 runs. Hong Kong batsmen had no answer to Nepal’s efficient bowling and lost its last seven wickets for just 11 runs.
Shakti Gauchan was not only economical but picked wickets too as he scalped three Hong Kong batsmen for just nine runs in his quota of four overs. At other end left arm slow bowler Basant Regmi was creating all sorts of trouble for Hong Kong as he finished with figures of 4-0-14-3. Hong Kong looked miserable against the Nepal spinners and lost seven wickets to them on a wicket which was meant to support fast bowlers. Nepal spinners held their line and extracted lot of help from the pitch.
Earlier Hong Kong won the toss and put Nepal to bat. Nepal responded well but lost two back to back wickets before captain Paras Khadka (41) and Gyanendra Malla (48) put on a solid 80 run partnership for third wicket. Looking to accelerate Nepal lost its momentum towards the end and its four wickets fell for just 25 runs, finishing on a defendable total of 149-8. Medium pacer Haseeb Amjad picked three wickets for Hong Kong.
Man of the Match: Shakti Gauchan
Brief Scores: Nepal 149-8 Hong Kong 69 All Out