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Nepal show batting class in Pakistan defeat

Nov 08, 2015 | Eddie Van Brooks |

Nepal showed their guts against a full strength Pakistan team in their 121-run defeat in a 50-over match on their tour of United Arab Emirates on Sunday.

Pakistan fielded a strong side that included the likes of Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Shoaib Malik, Younis Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Babar Azam, Wahab Riaz, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan and Nepal 
paid back the respect playing full 50 overs with confidence crossing 200-run mark for the loss of five wickets.

Nepal never went after Pakistan's 326-6 which they made in 50 overs but showed sensible display of batting with calm and control. Pakistan innings was lifted by aggressive knocks from skipper Ali, Shoaib and
Azam. While Ali and Shoaib smashed half centuries, Azam clobbered 43 off 29 with four boundaries and two sixes.

Nepal got off to a modest start when Anil Mandal and Subash Khakurel added 49 runs for the first wicket. Subash showed some class scoring a fluent 26 off 33 with four boundaries. Mandal, who has been in a 
sublime form off late with the bat, continued to impress and shared another 79 runs with Sagar Pun, who was promoted to No 3.

Anil completed his half century and was dismissed by Anwar Ali after making 61 off 109 balls in an innings that included four boundaries and a six that he hit off Shoaib. Sagar fell soon off Shehzad for 39
off 66. He hit two fours and a six.

With overs ticking away, Nepal never went after the target with Gyanendra Malla taking the team beyond 200 with a 52-ball 41. Gyanendra stroked five boundaries. Skipper Paras Khadka (13) and
Sharad Vesawkar (14 not out) made runs in double figures.

Ali took 2-56 from 10 overs, while Yasir Shah had the figures of 1-32 from 10. Wahab Riaz was too economical with his 1-12 from six overs. Earlier, Pakistan lost opener Shehzad at 45 to Basanta Regmi after the batsman made 35 from 42 hitting six boundaries. Ali and Mohammad Hafeez then shared 103-run stand for the second wicket. Ali made a run-a-ball 73 with seven fours and two sixes before retiring out. Six run later, Sagar dismissed Hafeez who chipped in 49 off 55 with three sixes and as many boundaries.

Younish Khan and Shoaib Malik then combined for a 72-run third wicket stand to take Pakistan to a commanding position. Basanta dismissed Younis for 38 and soon Shoaib retired out making 63 off 49 hitting five fours and two sixes.

Azam provided the lift smashing four boundaries and two six with his cameo. Basanta finished with 2-73, while Paras dismissed Sarfaraz for two. He conceded just 47 runs in 10 overs.


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