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Nepal hold their nerve for a draw

Nov 06, 2015 | Eddie Van Brooks |
Nepal held on to settle for a draw against an attacking Hong Kong in their one-off two-day game of the two-day tour match on their UAE tour on Friday. 

Nepal declared their first innings at 106-1, their overnight score, as Hong Kong scored 203-7 to set them for a target of 313 from the remaining 58 possible overs in the day. A fine partnership from Anil Mandal and Sharad Vesawkar kept Nepal in hunt before a flurry of wickets brought Hong Kong close to victory before the two sides settled for a draw. 

Nepal were 155-7 in their second innings when both sides settle for a draw. 

Hong Kong, leading by 109 runs, displayed some fearsome cricket smashing through James Atkinson and Nizakat Khan to declare their secnd innings at 203-7 as Nepal needed to surived through Basanta Regmi and a fine 84-run stand between Anil and Sharad to stay in the game. 

After losing opener Mahesh Chhetri (five) and Naresh Budhayer (five) at 17-2, Anil and Sharad played sensibly to keep Nepal in the hunt for an unlikely victory. The two batsmen took Nepal across triple figures before Haseeb Amjad dismissed both set batsmen to put Hong Kong in the front foot.

Nepal soon lost the wickets of Gyanendra Malla (12), Sagar Pun (seven) and Mehboon Alam (20) only to see Basanta deny Hong Kong bowlers as the match was ended for a draw. 

Sharad made 47 off 74 with seven boundaries, while Anil made 44 off 95 with five fours and a six. Amjad returned the figures of 4-23 from nine overs. 

Earlier, Atkinson shared 91 runs for the fourth wicket after Bikram Sob destroyed the Hong Kong top order picking up three wickets in a single over. Atkinson smashed three sixes and six boundaries in his 96-ball 80. 

Nizakat Khan gave lift to Hong Kong innings with a 47-ball 57 with three sixes and as many boundaries. Basanta Regmi also picked up two wickets for Nepal.


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