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Nepal show batting class in Pakistan defeat

Nepal
showed their guts against a full strength Pakistan team in their 121-run
defeat in a 50-over match on their tour of United Arab
Emirates on
Sunday.


Pakistan
fielded a strong side that included the likes of Azhar Ali, Ahmed
Shehzad, Shoaib Malik, Younis Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz
Ahmed,
Babar Azam, Wahab Riaz, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan and Nepal 
paid back
the respect playing full 50 overs with confidence crossing 200-run mark
for the loss of five wickets.


Nepal
never went after Pakistan’s 326-6 which they made in 50 overs but showed
sensible display of batting with calm and control. Pakistan
innings was
lifted by aggressive knocks from skipper Ali, Shoaib and
Azam. While Ali
and Shoaib smashed half centuries, Azam clobbered 43 off 29 with four
boundaries and two sixes.


Nepal got
off to a modest start when Anil Mandal and Subash Khakurel added 49 runs
for the first wicket. Subash showed some class scoring a
fluent 26 off
33 with four boundaries. Mandal, who has been in a 
sublime
form off late with the bat, continued to impress and shared another 79
runs with Sagar Pun, who was promoted to No 3.


Anil
completed his half century and was dismissed by Anwar Ali after making
61 off 109 balls in an innings that included four boundaries
and a six
that he hit off Shoaib. Sagar fell soon off Shehzad for 39
off 66. He
hit two fours and a six.


With
overs ticking away, Nepal never went after the target with Gyanendra
Malla taking the team beyond 200 with a 52-ball 41.
Gyanendra stroked
five boundaries. Skipper Paras Khadka (13) and
Sharad Vesawkar (14 not
out) made runs in double figures.

Ali took 2-56 from 10 overs,
while Yasir Shah had the figures of 1-32
from 10. Wahab Riaz was too
economical with his 1-12 from six overs. Earlier, Pakistan lost opener
Shehzad at 45 to Basanta Regmi after the batsman made 35 from 42 hitting
six boundaries. Ali and Mohammad Hafeez then shared 103-run stand for
the second wicket. Ali made a run-a-ball 73 with seven fours and two
sixes before retiring out. Six run later, Sagar dismissed Hafeez who
chipped in 49 off 55 with three sixes and as many boundaries.

Younish Khan and Shoaib
Malik then combined for a 72-run third wicket
stand to take Pakistan to
a commanding position. Basanta dismissed Younis for 38 and soon Shoaib
retired out making 63 off 49 hitting five
fours and two sixes.

Azam provided the lift
smashing four boundaries and two six with his
cameo. Basanta finished
with 2-73, while Paras dismissed Sarfaraz for two. He conceded just 47
runs in 10 overs.

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