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Update11: Nepal has won the match.
What a cameo innings from Skipper Paras Khadka and Binod Bhandari.
Their partnership (22 runs in 10 balls) in the pressure time assured the much awaited victory for Nepal.
Paras unbeaten on 12 runs off 8 balls
Bhandari unbeaten on 16 runs off 6 balls.
Update10: Nepal under pressure losing Basant Regmi for golden duck.
He was caught by substitute palyer Adil Reyal off Fayyaz Ahmed’s bowling.
Nepal 116/4 in 18 overs.
Update9: Huge blow for Nepal.
On-form Pradeep Airee gets out after top scoring on the match. He made 58 runs before being stumped out on Fayyaz Ahmed’s bowling.
Wicket keeper Abdul Shakoor didn’t miss those chances.
Nepal 110/4 in 17.1 overs.
Update8: Second blow for Nepal in the form of Gyanendra Malla. He contributed 20 runs before giving his wicket to Ahmed Raza.
Amjad Ali does the catching to send Malla back to pavilion.
Big cheers in the crowds when the skipper Paras Khadka comes in to take over the helm.
We should see the partnership between this pair taking Nepal to win.
Nepal 104/2 in 16.1 overs.
Update7: Nepal completes their 100 runs.
They are just 34 rusn shy of winning the match and register their name in the final’s match for tomorrow.
Airee playing on 52 runs and Malla is on 20 runs.
Update6: Pradeep Airee completes his fifty off 45 balls. What an innings from the opener.
He rotated the strike well, ran between the wickets good and his powerful shots were delight to watch.
He has scored five 4s and two 6s.
Nepal 93/1 in 14 overs.
Crowd on their feet seeing their champions perform in a crucial match.
Update5: Nepal not in a hurry to win. They have been maintain the required run rat.
Pradeep Airee playing on 40 runs and vice captain Gyanendra Malla is on 6 runs.
Nepal 80/1 in 12.5 overs.
Update4: First blow for Nepal.
Partnership broken between the openers after contributing 61 crucial runs.
SP Khakurel got stumped by good spiining delivary off Ahmed Raza.
Khakurel played his part. He made 22 runs.
Nepal 62/1 in 10 over
Update3: Nepal get their fifty in style. Boyy!!!! what a shot from Pradeep Airee for six runs.
Nepal running on a run rate of 6.52.
Nice sound from Airee’s bat when he connected the ball bowled by Ahmed Raza.
He was on one knee when he lofted the ball towards the long on.
Airee playing at 28 and Khakurel on 21.
Nepal 51/0 in 8.2 overs.
Update2: Nepal has been able to maintain decent run rate till now. The important thing is that they haven’t lost any wicket .
Pradeep Airee is looking set now. We should see big shots from him pretty soon.
Nepal 23/0 in 5 overs.
Update1: Subash Khakurel and Pradeep Airee on the crease playing sensibly.
Nepal up to a decent start.
Nepal 9/0 after 2 overs
Former prime minister Baburam Bhattarai taking to media personnel in between the innings lauded the Nepalis’ overall game and said he is looking forward for their batting when the innings resume.
“The players are the ornament of the country, and we should make necessary procedures to promote them,” he said.
He praised Nepal’s skipper Paras Khadra for his play making and acknowledged South Asia as the best cricketing continent.
Update10: Suicide wicket. The batsmen were pushing hard for the impossible extra run in the last over.
Anywasys, they tried. EHSN Silva (0 )fell short of his crease by some margin. Good fielding by Nepal.
UAE conclude their innings with 133 runs on board.
Update9: The last thing UAE didn’t wanted has happened. Another wicket when they needed big shots in last two balls.
Fayyaz Ahmed made eight runs before being caught by G Malla off Guachan’s bowling.
Update8: UAE pressed on the accelerator for a little bit. They had fours and sixes coming until the wicket fell down.
Amjad Javed was caught by Bhandari off Gauchan ‘s bowling.
He contributed 12 run in 31 run partnership.
UAE 131/7 in 19.4 overs
Update7: Looks like Nepal will restrict them making a big total.
B Regmi again. He bowled Arshad Ali for five runs.
What a brilliant show of spin bowling from Nepal.
UAE 94/6 in 17.1 overs.
Update6: REGMIs does the trick.
Most of the UAE batsmen were unable to clear the boundary. In the process they are being caught in the deep.
SP Patil got the elevation but not the distance. It held on the safe hands of B Regmi .The bowler wass S Regmi.
Patil walks back sadly to the pavilion after making important 37 runs for his team.
UAE 90/6 in 15.3 overs
Update5: Fourth wicket out. He drove the ball well but straight to the fielder.
Rohan Mustafa was caught by G Malla off in form bowler of the day after making 16 important runs for his team.
Another partnership(29 runs) broken when it was looking dangerous.
UAE 83/4 in 14.2 overs
Update4: Another UAE batsman gets perished in the deep while trying to clear the boundary.
Abdul Shakoor who was playing sensibly till now was caught when he looked to accelerated the innings run rate.
Shakoor made 18 runs before being caught by Bhandari off B Regmi’s bowling.
Regmi takes the wicket in this first over like he did in the last match.
Important partnership off 31 runs shattered.
UAE 50/3 in 9.4 oversUpdate3: Second wicket down for UAE. The ploy from Skipper Khadka has worked to introduce spinner in the start.
P Baskota takes his second wicket in his second over.
Amjad Ali was caught in the deep by G Malla when he could not produce enough power clear the boundary.
Ali just made a run before falling to Nepal spin bowling.
UAE 16/2 in 3.4 overs
Update2: Nepal drew the first blood in the match with a wicket of Bakhtiyar Hamid. Nice catch at the point by Veshwakar off P Baskota’s bowling. Hamid made five run with a boundary.
UAE 11/1 after 2.3 overs
Update1: TOSS Nepal has lost the toss and put in on to field .
At the toss UAE captain said that he will be eyeing around 150 and anything more than that would be always helpful.
“We will put on the total on the board and look to defend it.” He added
Nepali skipper Paras Khadka said that anything less than140 would be a good total to chase looking at the team’s strong bowling line up.
“The pitch is flat, but still good to get the spin and swing”, Khadka added
KATHMANDU: An ‘improved’ Nepal take on in-form United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the ACC Twenty20 Cup semi-finals here at the TU Stadium on Tuesday.
Nepal head into the match as Group ‘A’ runners-up against a confident UAE side that finished Group ‘B’ winners especially after defeating champions Afghanistan by four wickets in league stage. In their only previous meeting in Twenty20‚ the UAE beat Nepal by six wickets during the group stage of the 2011 edition held in Kathmandu.
Nepal’s coach Pubudu Dassanayake‚ however‚ said his side has left that defeat far behind. “The level of cricket we play right now is way above when we last lost against them. We are an improved side now which is able to win games by its strength‚” he said.
Nepali batting crumbled in their six-wicket loss to Hong Kong after managing 115-9 on a batting track but the hosts bounced back piling runs against Malaysia (163-8) and Singapore (210-5).
Dasanayake said the batting display was a good sign. “Our batsmen have clicked at a right time. I take it as another opportunity to win the tournament if we carry that form‚” said the coach.
The only concern for the coach was the form of his seamers who have been hit for runs throughout the tournament. Left-arm seamer Amrit Bhattarai went wicketless against Maldives and Hong Kong apart from bleeding 43 runs in five overs. The coach responded replacing Amrit with Chandra Sawad against Malaysia and Singapore but the right-arm pacer went on to concede 49 runs in five overs.
Dassanayake is also waiting for the recovery of injured right-arm spinner Sanjam Regmi. Sagar Pun replaced Sanjam for the Singapore match making his debut in the senior team and managed to take one wicket.
With Dassanayake planning to counter the UAE left-handers with right-arm off spinners‚ Sagar is expected to win his place if Sanjam is deemed unfit. Nepal had ended their 10-year losing streak against UAE defeating them at their home grounds during the 2012 ACC Trophy Elite group stage. Nepal shared the trophy with the hosts after the final ended in a tie.
Skipper Paras Khadka said their recent results against the UAE will give them a psychological edge. “Defeating them in our previous meeting is a huge boost for us. Our batsmen have clicked at a right time and this is a good chance to win the title. The fans behind will be an added advantage for us‚” Paras said.
UAE‚ though‚ will be a tough nut to crack as they eased to the semi-finals in the absence of their key players — regular skipper Khurram Khan and opener Saqib Ali. The UAE were barely troubled in the league stage. In the first semi-finals‚ Hong Kong will take on Afghanistan.