Nepal settle for a draw

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- Post Report, Kathmandu

Nov 7, 2015-

Nepal held their nerve to settle for a draw against Hong Kong in their one-off two-day tour match at the Abu Dhabi Oval 1 in the UAE on Friday.

Chasing a target of 313 runs from the possible 58 overs remaining, Nepal finished at 155-7 before both sides agreed for a draw with eight overs left in the day. Basanta Regmi was batting on eight off 43 balls and Bikram Sob on one from 12 when the match was declared a draw.

Earlier, Nepal declared their first innings at overnight 106-1 and Hong Kong reached 203-7 to provide Nepal with a target of 313. Nizakatat Khan, who had also struck 68 not out on the first day, continued his fine form scoring 58 off 47 balls to keep Nepali bowlers at bay. Opener Jamie Atkinson top scored with 80 off 96 deliveries.

Nepal didn’t have the best of the start losing opener Mahesh Chhetri (5) and Naresh Budhayer (5) to Haseeb Amjad with just 17 runs on the board. Anil Mandal, who scored 56 not out on first day, continued his fine form with a modest partnership with Sharad Vesawkar to keep Nepal in the game.

As it seemed the two batsmen were ready to push Nepal towards respectability, Amjad returned and dismissed both the set batsmen as Nepal lost their next four wickets for just 24 runs. Mehboob Alam (20) struck three fluent boundaries and was the last Nepali wicket to fall.

Vesawkar scored 47 runs off 74 deliveries with seven hits to the fence and Mandal’s 95-ball 44 included five fours and a six. Amjad finished with the figures of 4-23 from nine overs.

Earlier, Bikram Sob destroyed Hong Kong’s top order when he dismissed Waqas Barkat (four), Aizaz Khan (duck) and Tanwir Afzal (naught) in four balls leaving Hong Kong tottering at 13-3. Regmi followed with two scalps and newcomer Irshad Ahmed got one reducing the opponents to 66-6.

However, Atkinson and Khan defied Nepal with a 91-run partnership. Atkinson hit six fours and three sixes. Khan guided his team beyond 200 with another 44-run unbeaten partnership with Babar Hayat (20 not out). Khan stroked three fours and as many sixes.

The two-day tour match comes as a part of preparation for both teams, who await their respective opponents in the World Cricket League Championship (WCLC). While Nepal play Papua New Guinea in two WCLC matches on November 16 and 18, Hong Kong have two WCLC matches against the UAE and Intercontinental Cup against the same opponents.

In a tour itinerary set by the International Cricket Council, Nepal now play a Pakistani team for their first ever 50-over game against a Test playing giants on November 8 before taking on Danube—a local team from the UAE—and Oman in two other one-day games.

Published: 07-11-2015 08:55

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