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Disappointing start for Nepal in Division-III

Nepal’s ICC World Cricket League Division-III title defence got off to a disappointing start following a 20-run loss to Uganda in the opener at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

 Uganda did everything right in the day after they recovered from 23-5 at one stage before recovering to 203-8 in 50 overs. Naresh Budhayer’s half century was not yet enough as Nepal crashed to 183 all out in 48.5 overs. 

 

Nepal made a slow start in their chase when Naresh and Subash added 33 runs for the first wicket but took more than 14 overs to get there. After skipper Frank Nsubuga dismissed Subash for 22, Naresh shared another 45 runs with Gyanendra Malla (14) and 25 with skipper Paras Khadka (14) but Nepal never rose to the occassion gaining an upper hand with big shots. 

 

Naresh completed his maiden half century in 50-over game with a boundary but in order to up the ante lost his wicket to Uganda’s star bowler Davis Arinaitwe with Nepal still requiring 80 runs from 72 balls in a tough pitch to bat on. 

 

Naresh scored 62 from 122 with four boundaries and a six. Sagar Pun raised some hopes with a six and a four in his 28-ball 22 in a partnership of 34 runs for the sixth wicket with Sharad Vesawkar.Roger Musaka, however, got rid of both batsmen as Nepal’s challenge virtually ended. 

 

Sharad made 22 off 31 with a boundary and Basanta Regmi (10) was the last man to be dismissed. Spinner Davis Arinaitwe destroyed Nepal picking up four crucial wickets in expense of just 33 runs.Musaka took 3-28 from four overs, while Jonathan Sebanja returned with 2-28 from 8.5 overs. Nsubuga conceded just 24 runs in 10 overs. 

 

Earlier, Paras took three and Som Pal Kami made two quick dismissals as Uganda were reeling at 23-5 in 13.3 overs. But Mpho Mukobe and Brian Masaba marked a remarkable comeback for Uganda with a 137-run stand that ultimately won the game for their team. 

 

Mukobe made 84 off 102 with six boundaries and three sixes before losing his wicket to Sagar. Masaba compiled five boundaries in his 81-ball 51 and fell to Basanta. 

 

Paras took 3-34 and Som Pal had 2-29 in their collective 20 overs. Basanta returned with 2-32 from his 10. Nepal will now meet Bermuda on Friday.

 

In other matches on the opening the day, the United States of America crushed Bermuda by six wickets and Singapore edged Malaysia by two wickets.

Scorecard Nepal VS Uganda

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