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Nepal vs Hong Kong T20 World Cup 2014 Live

Nepal vs Hong Kong Live cricket 2014

They may be second on the bill but, for these two World T20 debutants, it has never been any bigger than this. T20 has been cricket's major vehicle for growth and the ICC's decision to include six Associates at this tournament for the first time should be applauded but once the coin is tossed at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, there will be no time for fraternity between Hong Kong and Nepal.
This time last year, the two teams were battling the likes of Singapore, Bahrain and Malaysia at the ACC T20 Cup for spots at the World T20 Qualifier. In the UAE, Nepal stormed to third place, behind the more established Ireland and Afghanistan, sealing their place in Bangladesh with a last-ball win against Hong Kong, having taken 13 off the final over. The scenes of celebration, at the ground and back home in Nepal, were quite something.

Despite losing that quarter-final, Hong Kong saw off Papua New Guinea to secure their own qualification. That seems to have ignited something in a country known more for its banking arm than its sporting prowess. A young side sprinkled with players from a variety of backgrounds has been on fire in recent weeks, beating Ireland and Netherlands during a training camp in Sharjah and then scalping Zimbabwe in their opening warm-up match in Chittagong.

That win was followed by a stunning comeback against Netherlands, defending 127, with Haseeb Amjad's display of reverse swing helping him to six wickets. Some of their inspiration in that game came from an inspired, one-handed catch by Nizakat Khan and the fielding of both sides will provide an indication of how hard they have worked.

Nepal have not enjoyed such a fast start, beaten by Ireland and UAE, but they are eager to give a good account of themselves and, in the words of captain Paras Khadka, "present Nepal cricket in front of the world". His side has become, like Afghanistan, poster boys for the Associate game, from their success at the 2006 U-19 World Cup and their rise through the ICC's World Cricket League structure.

In many ways, the journey to Bangladesh has been the story for Nepal and Hong Kong and it would be a major shock if either was to reach the second round. All games at the WT20 will have T20 international status, so both countries will also contest their first match in the format. The prospect of playing in front of 15,000 people, or more, will be both reward and challenge. As they try not to blink, they should enjoy the experience too.

ICC T20 World Cup 2014 Nepal is Going to Play Against Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Squad
JJ Atkinson*†, Waqas Barkat†, Aizaz Khan, Babar Hayat, MS Chapman, Ehsan Nawaz, Haseeb Amjad, Irfan Ahmed, JPR Lamsam, Munir Dar, Nadeem Ahmed, Najeeb Amar, Nizakat Khan, KD Shah, Tanwir Afzal
Nepal Squad
P Khadka*, P Airee, B Bhandari, A Bhattarai, NB Budayair, SP Gauchan, A Karn, SP Khakurel†, G Malla, JK Mukhiya, B Regmi, Sagar Pun, Sompal Kami, S Vesawkar, RK Vishwakarma

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