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Nepal-USA washed out, to be replayed

Nepal’s crucial match of the ICC World Cricket League Division-III against the USA has been pushed to a reserve day after rain washed out the second innings in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


The USA had made 204 all out in 47.3 overs and rain destroyed almost two hours in Nepali innings before they were provided with a revised target of 162 in 30 overs.


Nepal had lost openers Subash Khakurel (eight), Naresh Budhayer (eight) along with vice-captain Gyanendra Malla – the centurion in their crushing 190-run victory over Singapore on Sunday – for a duck early in their chase.


Skipper Paras Khadka (four) and Sharad Vesawkar (six) were at the centre before rain returned again to force a replay on Tuesday. Nepal were 27-3 in seven overs when rain returned.


The other match between Singapore and Bermuda was also washed out after no play was possible in the second innings. Singapore had made 266-8 in their innings.


In another match, Malaysia handed Uganda their first defeat in the tournament to remain in hunt for the final spot. While Uganda lead the table with six points from four matches, Nepal are second on run rate with four points from three games. Malaysia also have four.


If Nepal defeat the US on Tuesday, they will all but seal a place in the final and gain promotion to Division-II. If they lose to US and defeat Malaysia on Wednesday with the former also winning their final game against Singapore, run rate will come into play.

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