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Nepal hit hard in promotion bid

Nepal lost their second consecutive match of the ICC World Cricket League Division-III in Bermuda on Monday, a six-wicket loss against Uganda that could dent their hopes of playing in the 2015 World Cup.

With the top two teams assured of a place in the World Cup Qualifier, life has become more difficult for Nepal after suffering their second consecutive defeat. A win in their remaining three matches will not be enough for Nepal as they need the result of other matches come to their favour.

Just a day after USA hammered them 366 runs, Nepal were once again out of clue after Uganda bowled them out for just 116 in 44.2 overs – largely owing to the team’s poor batting.

With a low target to chase, Uganda took their time to cross the finishing line before reaching 117-4 in 27 overs. Roger Mukasa was resolute in Uganda’s successful chase remaining not out on 49 runs from 74 deliveries. He hit five boundaries.

Benjamin Musoke – who added 58 runs for the third wicket with Mukasa – made 22 off 27 with three fours and one six. Basanta Regmi picked up two wickets for Nepal conceding 33 runs in his nine-over spell. Chandra Sawad and Amrit Bhattarai had one scalp apiece.

Earlier, Nepal got the taste of their own medicine when Uganda off spinners Frank Nsubuga and Davis Arinaitwe wreaked havoc sharing six wickets between them and conceding just 37 runs in their collective 19.2 overs.

Nsubuga took 3-25 from 10 overs and Arinaitwe proved too economical conceding just 12 runs in 9.2 overs. 

Coach Pubudu Dassanayake made two changes for the match promoting Pradeep Airee to the opening and dropping Anil Mandal. Dassanayake replaced Sanjam Regmi with seamer Chandra and Anil with Prithu Baskota. 

Pradeep played some delightful strokes and along with Subash Khakurel added 33 runs for the first wicket. Subash was first to go for five bowled by Charles Waiswa.

Pradeep then lost his wicket to Nsubuga for 24. He hit four boundaries and a six in 29 balls and remained the highest scorer from Nepal in the match. 

Skipper Paras Khadka (six) and Gyanendra Malla’s dismissal left Nepal tottering at 49-4 in 16.1 overs before Shakti Gauchan promoted up the order added 24 runs with Binod Bhandari. Binod hit three boundaries to make 18 off 29.

Sharad Vesawkar, who had hit 72 against the USA fell for a duck and Basanta (four) also lost his wicket in a hurry as Nepal’s score read 85-7 in 33 overs. 

Shakti and Prithu took Nepal across triple figures with a 25-run stand but once Prithu was stumped off Arinaitwe, it took no time for Nepal to get bundled out. Shakti was the last man out for 21 runs. Shakti managed to keep his wickets facing 83 balls but ran out of partner at the other end.

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