Despite their big win over the Maldives in the final group match, no-one thought Nepal a chance of upsetting Pakistan, who thumped them by 91 runs in the group stage, in the bronze medal match of the South Asian Games Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh.

But Nepal came so very close to a remarkable upset that brought the memories of when Nepal Under-19s used to regularly beat full members at the Under-19 World Cup rushing back.

When Nepal won the toss and chose to bat first, many would have thought we were in for a quick match. But Nepal had other ideas, and scored quickly throughout their innings. The backbone to the innings was provided by 17 year old Pradeep Airee, who scored 52 from 33 balls as Nepal reached 147-6 from their 20 overs.

Pakistan's upper order then struggled, with Chandra Sawad taking 3-19 as they collapsed to 57-5. Rameez Alam and Shoaib Khaliq then recovered the innings with a 45 run partnership for the sixth wicket. Going into the last over, Pakistan were on 142-7.

Six needed from the last over then, and when Amrit Bhattarai, who played for Nepal when they beat New Zealand and South Africa in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup, bowled Mohammad Rameez with the first ball, the game was swinging back Nepal's way. But Junaid Khan hit a two and a four to secure the two wicket win and prevent an upset.

In the other match of the day, Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by 6 runs to win the gold medal.

Pakistan Under-21s beat Nepal Under-21s by 2 wickets
Mirpur, 7 February 2010
Nepal Under-21s 147-6 (20 overs, P Airee 52*)
Pakistan Under-21s 148-8 (19.3 overs, C Sawad 3-19)