Sanjay Gautam writer/Cricket Enthusiast
As toss fell in the favour of Nepal who invited UAE to start the innings first. In return UAE opening duo of Ashfaq Ahmed and Chirag Suri gave some serious positive start and notched the 60 runs from first power play. Duo snatched 10 boundaries out of which two are over the rope for the six.
In other hand opening spells from Nepal’s speedsters kami and Karan yet again failed to produce any wickets.
Opening stand of 70 runs was broken by the crisis Man Basant Regmi in the form of Ashfaq Ahmed. While UAE captain Rohan Mustafa join the fellow batsman but Lamichane didn’t took much time to send him back in pavilion, he was caught at slip by Paras khadka.
For UAE Chirag suri and Rameez shahzad held the partnership of 66 runs and carried the innings to 137 runs before Regmi trapped the Shahzad in front of the wicket. First international fifty of Adnan mufti guided the UAE’S innings to 254 runs. Another UAE opener chirag Suri scored his maiden international Fifty in ODI and he is now back to back highest run getter for his side in two consecutive matches of tournament.
From Nepal side, Sandeep and Regmi shared 6 wickets out of fallen 9 wickets while two are later grabbed by Kami and one was run out from Dipendra.
Star leggie Lamichane was up to his reputation and best bowler for Nepal side, he bagged 4 wickets giving just 24 runs in his 10 overs quota while Regmi trapped 2 infront of the wicket. Pacers of Nepal was bit expensive as Duo of kami and kc gave 118 runs just in 18 overs.
Openings pairs of Malla and khakurel yet again failed as Malla departred in just fourth of ball very first over of innings bowled by Naveed.
After hitting the consecutive boundaries of first two ball of left arm orthodox Ahmed Raza , Nepal captain Paras khadka came the down to track to charge the bower but he was completely beaten by flight and got stumped out.
After the captain wickets, previously Comeback Man sagar pun join the khakurel but he got caught at 4 runs in Raza’s delivery.
Duo of khakuel and Dipendra went on to add another 58 runs partnership before khakurel departed in the ball of Amir Hayat.
In come Another talented batsman Arif sekih trapped in front of the wicket and went to the pavilion as third wicket of Raza. Tactically sent as pinch hitter karan Kc was also sent to the pavilions in very next ball of Raza as he was found guilty in front of the wickets. Yet again youngster Rohit kumar poudel failed to make his mark as he was caught by Ahmed in the ball of Naveed at 9 runs. While Dipendra singh Airee handed his wickets at 40 runs to the Naveed in due for acceleration of innings. Sompal kami remained not out at the 27 runs while Nepal side was bowled out for 176 runs.
Khakurel was the lone batters who stood and toiled for his maiden half century in the middle.
Left arm orthodox Ahmed Raza bagged 4 wickets while Mohammad Naveed got 3 wickets to hand Nepal side 78 runs defeat
Nepal innings was never get goings as batting remained still top concerned for associates gaint. With two losses in row , Nepal have to win all three remaining matches of qualifier to be alive in the race of top two spots of point table.
Top two will play the finals and ultimately winners will qualify for lone spot of main draw of Asia cup.
Nepal will take on host Malaysia in September 1 at Bayuemas oval , Kuala Lumpur.