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Five-for Paras bowls Nepal to victory

Jan 30, 2018 | Cricketingnepal |

A five-wicket haul from skipper Paras Khadka handed Nepal a 25-run victory over United Arab Emirates ‘A’ in their first friendly match at the ICC Cricket Academy in Dubai on Tuesday.

In a match that didn’t feature Nepal’s one and only Indian Premier League entrant Sandeep Lamichhane, Nepal were 246 all out in 49.3 overs after they elected to bat first. A half century from opener Dilip Nath and two crucial partnerships forged by Rohit Kumar Paudel had guided Nepal to a decent total. UAE had a great start but they failed to make the most of it before being bundled out for 221 runs in 48.4 overs.

Fahad Nawaz and Chirag Suri gave UAE a perfect start adding 87 runs for the first wicket in 15.1 overs. But once Dipendra Singh Airee got rid of Nawaz in the 16th over, UAE collapsed to 111-5. Dipendra also removed another opener Suri who made 50 off 45 with seven boundaries. Nawaz scored 36 off 43 with five boundaries.

Neil Lobo kept UAE in the game scoring a half century but Paras bowled him in the penultimate over to end the UAE challenge. Lobo scored 59 off 90 with four boundaries. Paras returned the figures of 5-36 from 9.4 overs.

Dipendra took 3-38 from 10 overs, while Lalit Singh Bhandari and Karan KC took a wicket each. Ansh Tandon and Wasi Shah scored 17 runs apiece.

Earlier, Dilip did a bulk of scoring before he was out in the 21st over. He made 61 off 60 with nine boundaries and a six. Nepal were well-placed at 120-2 with Anil Kumar Sah and skipper Paras (20) batting but the team went through a mini collapse after losing both the set batsmen along with Dipendra (two) and Aarif Sheikh (two) to be at 136-6 in 31.4 overs.

But Rohit lifted the team with two crucial partnerships sharing 45 runs for the seventh wicket with Basanta Regmi (21) and 55 runs for the eighth wicket Karan who played a cameo of 16-ball 35 hitting four boundaries and two sixes.

Rohit made 43 off 51 with six boundaries. Anil contributed 31 runs to the total. Laxman Srikumar took three wickets with Mohammad Qassim and Karthik Mayappan picking up two each.

Nepal, preparing for next month’s ICC World Cricket League Division 2 in Namibia, will play the second and final practice match on Wednesday before leaving for Division 2 on February 4.


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