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Nepal falls short by 21 runs against Bangladesh in T20 World Cup 2024

Nepal suffered a defeat once again in the low-scoring contest in the T20 World Cup 2024. They faced a 21-run defeat against Bangladesh in the last group-stage game. Nepal ended the campaign with just one point, losing three matches whilst one game was abandoned due to rain.

The Nepalese side once again had a great opportunity to beat the test-playing nation after wrapping up Bangladesh for 106 runs. However, they were bundled out for just 85 runs in 19.2 and their losing streak against the test-playing nation continued to 13 matches.

Chasing 107 runs, Nepal lost Kushal Bhurtel (4) and Anil Sah (0) in the same over as they were 9/2 in the third over. Rohit Paudel was dismissed by Tanzim Hasan Sakib in the fifth over who took the first couple of wickets as well. Mustafizur Rahman got rid of Aasif Sheikh (17) whereas Jora was dismissed for one by Tanzim himself. Nepal were in a pitiful situation of 26/5 at the end of the seventh over as Tanzim ended his spell for 4-2-7-4.

Dipendra Singh Airee and Kushal Malla shared a half-century stand to boost up the chase. They shared 51 runs before Malla walked back for 27 runs (40 balls). Bangladesh controlled the run rate pretty well as the equation came down to 22 runs needed from 12 balls. Surprisingly, Mustafizur Rahman bowled a wicket-maiden in the penultimate over sending back DS Airee for 25 runs. Nepal needed 22 runs from the last over but Shakib Al Hasan picked up two wickets in two balls to wrap things up.

Apart from sensational bowling by Tanzim, Mustafizur also delivered a great spell of 4-1-7-3. Shakib got two whilst Taskin Ahmed bagged one.

Earlier in the first innings, Nepal bowled out Bangladesh for a mere total. They bowled out Bangladesh for 106 in 19.3 overs, following a brilliant bowling performance after electing to bowl first in Kingstown.

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Sompal Kami got a wicket in the very first ball whilst Dipendra Singh Airee continued the momentum with a wicket in the second over as well. Tanzid Hasan and Najmul Hossain Shanto were the batters to be dismissed, respectively. They lost Litton Das and Towhid Hridoy also walked back cheaply as Bangladesh were 31/4 after the end of the powerplay.

Bangladesh batters failed to put up a big partnership and lost a wicket at regular intervals. The highest partnership was between Mahmudullah (13) and Shakib Al Hasan who shared 22 runs for the fifth wicket. Shakib also departed for 17.  The tail added some runs as Bangladesh crossed the 100-run mark. Rishad Hossain scored 13 whilst Taskin Ahmed made an unbeaten 12 runs.

For Nepal, four bowlers picked up two wickets each whereas two wickets came as run-out. Sandeep Lamichhane who completed 100-T20I wickets was a pick of a bowler with a figure of (4-1-14-2). Rohit Paudel, Dipendra Singh Airee and Sompal Kami also bagged two wickets each.