epal’s batting hit a new low after they succumbed to a 99-run defeat at the hands of UAE for their sixth defeat in the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 on Monday.
Chasing a mediocre target of 203, Nepal were folded for new ODI low of 103 runs in 35.1 overs, the same number that they survived for in the previous match against the hosts. It was yet another horrendous batting display having lost to the Emiratis by 48 runs while chasing 169 runs in the last game.
Nepal’s all three lowest totals are now against UAE. They were 113 all out in a Bilateral Series in 2019, while Saturday’s 120 was their third lowest. Nepal have now gone on to lose five consecutive matches against UAE — two in the recenty concluded ICC Twenty20 World Cup Qualifiers in Oman.
Nepal were quickly reduced to 21-4 after losing Pawan Sarraf (two), Kushal Bhurtel (five), Dipendra Singh Airee (duck) and Rohit Paudel (nine) cheaply. The 33-run fifth wicket stand between former skipper Gyanendra Malla and Aarif Sheikh (15) was the best Nepal could do in their innings.
Gyanendra top scored with a 65-bal 30 hitting two boundaries, while Sompal Kami (15) and Binod Bhandari (12) were the only remaining batsmen to make runs in double figures. Junaid Siddique took 4-23 from eight overs for UAE. Kashif Daud (2-8) and Ahmed Raza (2-21) also shared four wickets between them.
Earlier, UAE got off to a decent start with Muhammad Waseem (33) and Chirag Suri (26) beginning cautiously. Rohan Mustafa once again led the UAE batting scoring a 73-ball 60 taking his side to 202-9.
Mustafa, the man-of-the-match in previous game, hit two fours and a six. Skipper Sandeep Lamichhane took 3-32 from 10 overs. Sompal and Karan KC also had two scalps apiece.