Nepal’s batting hit a new low after they lost to hosts UAE by 48 runs in failing to chase 169 runs for their fifth defeat in the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 match in Dubai on Thursday.
Sompal Kami and Karan KC shared seven wickets between them on a grassy pitch to bundle out UAE for a paltry 168 in 46.3 overs. Nepal were right in the game at 82-3 but they went on to lose seven wickets for just 38 runs, skittled out for just 120 in 35.1 overs.
Two wickets from Junaid Siddique and a run out of Dipendra Singh Airee (four) saw Nepal reduced to 27-3 before former skipper Gyanendra Malla and Rohit Kumar Paudel resurrected the innings with a 55-run stand.
But the fall of Gyanendra triggered a Nepal collapse. Spinner Basil Hameed took a superb diving catch off his own bowling to dismiss Aarif Sheikh for a duck and there after it was UAE all over the game. Hameed went on to pick three more wickets as Nepal’s lower middle order continued to throw wickets.
Hameed returned the figures of 4-15 from five overs and Junaid took 3-18 from 7.1. Rohit, who had top scored with 60 runs against Papua New Guinea, was once against the leading run getter with 46 from 60. He hit four boundaries. Gyanendra scored 28 from 62 deliveries.
Earlier, Sompal Kami ran through UAE top order reducing them to 35-4 by the 11th over. Chundangapoyil Rizwan and Rohan Mustafa then shared 77 runs pushing their team to what ultimately turned out to be a winning total. While both batsmen scored 40 runs each, Mustafa struck two fours and a six in 81 deliveries before being bowled by Dipendra.
Rizwan’s vigilant 85-ball 40 had no boundaries. Sompal returned the figures of 4-39 from 9 overs and Karan took 3-16. Sandeep Lamichhane and Sagar Dhakal also had a wicket each.