On a day when the heavy evening dew caused problems not only for the players but also for those watching the game at the stadium through glass windows, the hosts needed to move away from their traditional spin attack and depend on their pacers.
That and the fact that the wicket had grass on it were the reasons why Mushfiqur Rahim even went on to use three overs of Nasir Hossain's gentle medium-pacers. The clarion call of sorts was answered by Al-Amin Hossain and the ever dependable Mashrafe Bin Mortaza.
Al-Amin, who was playing only his third T20I and his first World Cup, finished with career-best figures of two for 17. While he had a nervous start -- giving away eight runs in the second over -- he came back in a new spell, took two crucial wickets in the seventh over and put the visitors under pressure.
“In the first over I couldn't exactly get a grasp of the conditions. There was plenty of dew on the pitch and I gave away eight runs. When I was brought back, I told myself that there is grass on the wicket and all I need to do is bowl wicket-to-wicket and that's what I did,” explained Al-Amin.
“I have never played in such dewy conditions. Our spinners were really struggling to bowl. I found the seam of the ball wet in only the second ball of my first over. I had to bowl cross seam until it got better,” he added.
While Al-Amin, who only debuted in the New Zealand series in October last year, may be a newbie on the field, he holds a world record for most wickets in an over in T20 cricket. He took five during a domestic game and these are the kind of memories that inspires him.
“When one does something good in his career, it definitely stays at the back of the mind. It gives you the belief that yes, you have done this before and you can do well,” said Al-Amin.
After Al-Amin's burst Nepal came back well through a half-century partnership for the fourth wicket. When asked if the partnership caused a bit of a worry for the hosts, Al-Amin said, “After they lost three wickets they went on the defensive. They targeted to play 20 overs. In 20 overs 125 is not that big a risk in my opinion.”
Nepal coach Pubudu Dassanayake said that he was happy with the fact that Nepal managed to play out the entire 20 overs and that the experience of playing against a Test nation was fantastic for his team.