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One-Day International Series: Nepal lose to UAE by three wickets

- SAMUEL CHHETRI, Sanjaya Lama, Kathmandu

Jan 25, 2019-

Nepal suffered a three-wicket defeat at the hands of United Arab Emirates in the first match of their three-match One-Day International Series at ICC Academy in Dubai on Friday.

After winning the toss, UAE invited Nepal to bat first and bundled out for 113 runs in the 34 overs.

UAE chased down the 114-run target for the loss of seven wickets in 32.1 overs.

UAE’s Ghulam Shabber contributed highest 30 off 48 balls hitting three fours for the team while Amir Hayat (not out) scored 24 off 42 balls. Similarly, Imran Haider (not out) and Shaiman Anwar made 18 off 39 balls and 11 off 14 balls respectively.

Nepal's leg-spin sensation Sandeep Lamichhane, Karan KC and Paras Khadka took two wickets each. Similarly, Sompal Kami claimed one wicket.

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One-Day International Series: Nepal post 114–run target for UAE

Nepal put up a poor show with bat setting a 114-run target for United Arab Emirates in the first match of their three-match One-Day International Series at ICC Academy in Dubai on Friday.

The UAE won the toss and elected to field first and displayed disciplined bowling as Nepal were bundled up for 113 runs in the 34 overs.

Nepali opener Gyanendra Malla was caught behind in the fourth ball of the very first over.

Skipper Paras Khadka came in third and tried to stablise the Nepali innings but Binod Bhadari while trying to play the short delivery on the back foot instead handed an easy catch to UAE wicket keeper Ghulam Shabber in the 7th over.

In the 12th over, skipper Khadka made his way back to the pavilion, scoring 20 runs, after being caught by Amir Hayat off Qadeer Ahmed’s delivery.

Dipendra Singh Airee followed his captain on the very next over as he was run out for duck. With 48 runs on the board Nepal were four men down in the 13th over.

Sompal Kami (30 runs) and Aarif Sheikh (25 runs) took the baton and were able to put 28-run partnership before the former was trapped lbw by UAE’s Imran Haider. Similarly, in the very next over Pawan Sarraf (4 runs), who replaced Kami, followed his predecessor as he too was trapped for an lbw by Hayat.

Karan KC scored three runs before being caught behind the wickets in the 24th over while Basanta Regmi got out for a duck.

For UAE, Mohammad Neveed, Amir Hayat and Imran Haider took two wickets each while Qadeer Ahmed took one Nepali wicket.

Published: 25-01-2019 20:22

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