Nepal has crashed out from the second round of ICC T20 World Cup 2014, but not without making a mark in the international cricket arena.
Nepal slim hopes for the next round of ICC World T20 2014 ended after Hong Kong could not beat Bangladesh within 13.1 overs in the last match of the first round of the Cup under Group A held at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong, Bangladesh on Thursday evening.
Nepal had won two of its three group matches and was counting on Hong Kong's performance to make it to the second round.
“The two wins in this tournament mean a lot to us. Like I said before the tournament – we came here to compete. We have always tried to win every game that we have played for our country. It will always give us a great boost moving forward and push us to do better as well as have great impact on the youngsters who are coming up and want to play cricket,” Captain Paras Khadka told media after the match. “This was the first time we qualified and managed to win two games. So it is a great achievement in itself, which we are taking back home. But now the real journey begins. We have to do the home work and start again from the beginning and put the structure right back home and try to produce better results in future.”
If Hong Kong has beaten Bangladesh within 13.1 overs, Nepal would have advanced to the next round of ICC World T20 2014. But Nepal’s fate for the next round went in vain despite Hong Kong's strong performance against Bangladesh. Hong Kong defeated host Bangladesh by two wickets in its last match. Despite losing to Hong Kong Bangladesh has entered to the second round of the tournament.
Nepal hopes for the next round aroused after it defeated Afghanistan by nine wickets in another match of the day. Likewise, Bangladesh was also packed up for 108 runs in 16.3 overs by Hong Kong that had also boosted Nepal’s hope. But Bangladesh’s marvelous bowling and fielding restricted Nepal from entering the next round.
Nepal had to satisfy at the second spot in the Group A chart as Bangladesh entered to the next round despite losing its last group stage match as Group A winner. Bangladesh has made it to the next round on run-rate basis against Nepal as both the teams have same points.
Although Nepal failed to qualify for the next round, it has made an impressive debut in the tournament. Nepal defeated Hong Kong by 80 runs in its inaugural match of the World Cup but lost to Bangladesh by eight wickets despite magnificent performance. With this, Nepal has announced its entry in the world stage of cricket.