Nepal batting against Afghanistan after winning toss

Published On: March 10, 2018 01:10 PM NPT

KATHMANDU, Mar 10: Nepal won the toss and chose to bat first at the ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 underway at Bulawayo Athletic Club, Zimbabwe on Saturday.

Sharad Veshwakar and Dilip Nath are not playing due to a hamstring injury. In their place, Karan Kc and Anil Shah are in the cricket pitch in today's game. 

Both teams are yet to earn a point in the ongoing qualification with Afghanistan’s hopes to reach Super Sixes blurred after their third loss against Hong Kong on Thursday. Nepal can make it to the Super Sixes if the team beat Afghanistan on Saturday and Hong Kong on Monday.

Afghanistan who hardly put a foot wrong in all their triumphs in last decade -- completing every challenge from ICC World Cricket League Division leaps to ICC World Cup qualification to gaining Test status -- has suddenly lost its momentum under the leadership of mercurial Rashid Khan. 

Afghanistan started the qualifiers as pre-tournament favorites but their regular skipper Asghar Stanikzai remained out of the team due to appendicitis surgery. Rashid Khan replaced him to become the youngest captain in the history of ODI cricket. Moreover, Afghanistan’s wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad was banned by ICC for collecting demerit points. 

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