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Nepal lose to UAE as poor fielding costs the match

Nepal paid the price for a poor fielding as familiar Emirati foes Chirag Suri and Rohan Mustafa tormented them with the bat in a 25-run victory during the Quadrangular Twenty20 International Tournament on Saturday.

At the Al Ameerat Cricket Ground where UAE have been based for over a week and beaten hosts Oman in 2-0 in their three-match series of the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2, Suri and Mustafa hammered the Nepali bowlers leading their side to a mammoth 192-3 in 20 overs.

Nepal got the start when Gyanendra Malla and Aasif Sheikh put on a half century stand during the powerplay but UAE tightened the scews in the middle overs restrciting their opponents to 167-5 in 20 overs. Mustafa put an allround display returning the decisive bowling figures of 2-26 from four overs.  

Gyanendra (22) and Aasif began positively before the former lost his wicket in an attempt to smack Kashif Daud over long on. Mustafa took a return catch to dismiss Aasif while his brother Aarif (11) also fell to the same bowler.

Dipendra Singh Airee continued his fine form scoring a 33-ball 41 but UAE already had the match within their grasp. Dipendra, who had starred with a 53-ball 73 in a six-wicket victory over Oman a day earlier, hit five boundaries.

Aasif scored a 29-ball 34 with four boundaries and a six. Debutant Lokesh Bam impressed in his debut scoring a 21-ball 33 that included two each sixes and fours. Daud also took two wickets for UAE.

Earlier, Nepal were left ruing the drop chance that saw Shahab Alam, one of three changes from Friday’s match, spill Suri off returning Jitendra Mukhiya when he was batting on 11. Shahab drew the first blood after he had Muhammad Waseem (22) caught by Dipendra after the opener tried to hit the left arm spinner for third consecutive six.

Suri and Mustafa collected 97 runs from 66 balls to lay the foundation for a big UAE total. Mustafa fell one run short of a half century to Aarif after following sharp work from behind the stumps by Aasif.

Mustafa struck a 35-ball 49 with five fours and two sixes. Suri notched up his career best score of 84 not out from 53 balls hitting five sixes and as many boundaries.

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