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Costly seamers let Nepal down

Nepal lost their second warm-up match of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers to the USA by five wickets at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

 

In a match that saw ups and downs, expensive overs from Amrit Bhattarai and Jitendra Mukhiya decided Nepal were going to be in a losing side. Batting first, Nepal made 129-7 in 20 overs.

 

USA rocketed to 55-2 in six overs and after spinners tightened the screws in the middle, the Americans required 30 runs from the last three overs.

 

Left arm seamer Amrit stepped in and conceded 16 runs in the 17th over and right arm medium pacer Jitendra was hit for 11 as USA reached 130-5 in 19.4 overs.

 

Three singles from skipper Paras Khadka’s 20th over seemed customary for USA after Nepal fought back hard. Timroy Allen’s 25-ball 32 was crucial in USA’s victory who were given a quick start by openers Steven Taylor and Akeem Dodson.Taylor hit three boundaries and a six making 20 off 12 and Dodson’s 12-ball 19 included three fours.

 

Elmore Hutchinson handled Nepali bowlers patiently making 33 off 32 with two boundaries and was the last man out when USA were 96-5 after 16.3 overs – a point from where Nepal could have won the match.

 

Sagar Pun took two wickets for Nepal. Amrit, Jitendra and Shakti Gauchan had one scalp apiece.

 

Earlier, Nepal were reduced to 13-2 after 10 balls losing openers Subash Khakurel (three) in the fourth delivery of the day and Pradeep Airee (six). Gyanendra Malla and Paras (six) resisted for a while before Mohammad Ghous trapped the Nepali skipper leg before.

 

Gyanendra shared 35 runs with Binod Bhandari before running himself out. Gyanendra made 36 off 38 with three boundaries. Bhandari made 22 off 28 with two fours and Sharad Vesawkar helped his team cross triple figures with a 19-ball 26 that included two boundaries and a six.

 

Anil Mandal hit a six in his three-ball 9. Nepal will begin their Qualifiers campaign against Denmark on Friday.

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