Kathmandu – A four wicket haul from Paras Khadka and another three from Bhuwan Karki helped Nepal restrict Malaysia for 142 runs in the first innings.
In an important match, Nepal won the toss and invited Malaysia to bat first. Paras Khadka provided Nepal the first breakthrough in the last ball of 2nd over. He had Nasir Shafiq caught by Malla for one run. Anwar Arudin blasted two fours off Sompal Kami in the 3rd over.Anwar again blasted three consecutive fours off Basanta Regmi in the 7th over. Paras Khadka then bowled a maiden 8th over.
Paras Khadka bowled a maiden 8th over.Malaysia reached the 50 run mark with a four from Anwar off Sagar Pun. Anwar blasted another three fours in an off Sagar.Nepal keep on taking wickets from another end as Paras took the wicket of Malaysian Captain Ahmed Fiaz in the first ball of 10th over. He got Faiz caaught by Malla for 5 runs. He bowled his 2nd consecutive Maiden Over as well.Malaysia scored 54 runs in the power play overs with Anwar scoring 40 runs out of that.
Paras Khadka had his third victim as Suharril Fetri in the last ball of 12th over. Suharril Fetri c Budayair b Khadka 2(12)Another wicket for Paras in 13.6th over. This time Shafiq Sharif goes for one run to his name.Anwar Arudin gets his fifty in 18.1 overs.Sagar Pun took the wicket of danger man Anwar Arudin. He scored 69 runs before being caught by Paras off Sagar in the last ball of 32th over. Anwar Aruddin with Khizar Hayat shared a partnership of 46 runs for the fifth wicket.
Bhuwan karki removed Suresh Navaratnam for two runs in his next over to leave Malaysia 115/6 by 34th over. Sagar Pun finished with figures 10-3-29-2.Another set bataman Khizar Hayat who scored 23 threw his wicket in the 35th over. Shakti Gauchan got him as his first wicket.
Malaysia soon surrendered to Nepal as they lost their another two wickets in next two over one each to Bhuwan Karki and Shakti Gauchan. A late blitz from Durgasingam made sure that Malaysia score 142 runs. He scored 23 runs before gifting his wicket to Bhuwan Karki. Nepal needs 142 runs to win the match.