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Nepal fail to win against UAE

Kathmandu – Nepal failed to win its first match of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2014 by a margin of 102 runs against United Arab Emirates at Mainpower Oval, Rangiora today.

Winning the toss, Nepal invited UAE to bat first. UAE posted a challenging total of 297 with the help of its premiere batsmen Shaiman Anwar and Swapnil Patil.

Shaiman Anwar smashed Nepali bowlers all over the park and managed to scored  109 from 96 balls with 8 fours and 8 sixes. Similarly, Swapnil Patil (74) contributed 2 fours and 2 sixes to score his half century. They together put 100 runs partnership for the fourth wicket in 105 balls.  Before, Opener Salman Faris scored 35 runs off 57 deliveries while Skipper Khurram Khan  scored run a ball 21 to put UAE in a strong position.

Sompal Kami was ineffective with the ball today while his counterpart Jitendra Mukhiya took 2 wickets. Off Spinner Basanta Regmi was pick of the bowler as he grabbed 3 wickets in his 10 overs giving 43 runs. Leg spinner Shakti Gauchan and Off break from Sagar Pun managed one wickets each.

Chasing  a competitive score of 298 runs, Nepal lost its opener Anil Mandal (0) in 1.1 over. Mahesh Chhetri too departed early in 5.1 over. At 15th over, Nepal lost its skipper Paras Khadka (12) and in no time lost two other batsmen – Sagar Pun(25) & Gyanendra Malla (4). Nepal were in deep trouble as they lost half off their side at 18th over for just 53 runs.

NEPAL INNINGS RUNS BALLS MINS 4S 6S
 Mahesh Chhetri

b AM Guruge

9 21 21 0 0
Anil Mandal

lbw b AM Guruge

0 1 4 0 0

c Amjad Javed b Kamran Shahzad

25 46 73 2 0

c Muhammad Naveed b Amjad Javed

12 35 42 1 0

b Kamran Shahzad

4 5 16 0 0

c Shaiman Anwar b Kamran Shahzad

54 87 126 3 0

c Rohan Mustafa b Amjad Javed

37 29 39 5 1

b Khurram Khan

5 12 15 1 0

not out

37 52 72 5 0

c Rohan Mustafa b Khurram Khan

0 2 2 0 0
Jitendra Mukhiya

b Rohan Mustafa

0 1 1 0 0
Extras

(B 0, Lb 1, Wd 9, Nb 2)

12
TOTAL

(for 10 wickets in 48.1 overs)

195 291 210 17 1

As the inning progressed, Nepal managed to score its 100 runs in 26.1 overs (157 balls). At Second drinks Interval, Nepal were 114/7. Men at crisis – Sharad Vesawkar and Shakti Gauchan steadied the innings for Nepal. The duo managed to put a fight with 80 runs partnership for eight wicket and tried to recover the early damage. Sharad Vesawkar somehow managed to score his half century after playing 80 balls with 3 fours. As he was dismissed in 47th overs, UAE bowlers grinded the tail enders in 48.1 overs to stop Nepal for 195 runs.

Shakti Gauchan remained not out for 37 off 52 balls. Opening Bowler AM Guruge took two wickets while Kamran Shahzad was pick of the bowler for UAE as he managed to take three wickets in his 10 overs. Similarly, Amjad Javed, Khurram Khan shared two wickets each.

For his outstanding knock of 109 run, Shaiman Anwar (United Arab Emirates) was adjudged Man of the Match. Nepal will play Scotland at Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown on January 16, 2014.

Binod Bhandari, Mahesh Chhetri, Shakti Gauchan, Paras Khadka, Gyanendra Malla, Anil Mandal, Jitendra Mukhiya, Basanta Regmi, Sagar Pun, Sompal Kami and Shard Vesawkar debut their List A game as quoted by Cricinfo.

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