KATHMANDU: Nepal made 241 runs in 50 overs against the United Arab Emirates to tie the result of the ACC Trophy Elite final match played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah on Friday. The dramatic result compelled the tourists and the hosts to share the trophy.
Nepal required two runs in the last ball to win the neck-to-neck match. However, Shakti Gauchan, who was on strike, was run out after making one run. He made 14 runs off 13 balls, while his partner Sharad Veswakar was unbeaten with 38 runs.
In the nailbiting moments of the last over, Nepal made 11 runs though they needed 12 runs to become the champions.
Paras Khadka 'man of the series'
Nepal's allrounder skipper Paras Khadka bagged the the Man of the Series award for his consistent performances with the bat and the ball. Khadka hit two half-centuries and a century .
Likewise, UAE's Saqib Ali was declared the Man of the Match for his brilliant century today. Ali made 101 runs not out off 103 balls. He hit his century off the last ball of the UAE innings.
Vesawakar hit two sixes and one boundary to keep Nepal's hope alive after the medium order batsmen could not shine today. Captain Paras Khadka made 31 runs and his deputy Gyanendra Malla 32.
Nepal had won the toss and decided to field first. The hosts had posted 242-run target to Nepal at the cost of six wickets in 50 overs.
Saqib Ali made 101 runs (not out) off 103 balls and Khurram Khan contributed 61 to help the UAE build up the decent target. Ali hit eight boundaries and a couple of sixes, and completed his century off the last ball of the UAE innings.
Nepal's openers Anil Kumar Mandal and Subash Prasad Khakurel started brilliantly, and played a partnership of 94 runs for the first wicket.
Khakurel made 55 runs for Nepal, and Mandal 44. Khakurel hit two fours and two sixes to make the half century off 74 balls.
Nepali cricket fans cheering the Nepali team at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium during the ACC Trophy Elite final on Friday. Photo: ACC
Nepal's Shakti Gauchan gave 36 runs and claimed three wickets, while Sanjam Regmi bagged one. Two UAE batsmen were run out and sent back to the pavilion.
Arshad Ali and Ahmed Raza bagged two wickets each for the UAE to keep Nepal under pressure. Likewise, EHSN Silva , AM Guruge and Saqib Ali took one wicket each.
Nepal had entered the ACC Trophy Elite Cup final by defeating Malaysia, while the UAE made it to the finals overpowering Afghanistan.
Earlier, Nepal had defeated the UAE in their Group ‘B’ match by four wickets on October 3.
Fall of wickets
1-94 (Mandal, 21.5 ov), 2-106 (Khakurel, 24.3 ov), 3-165 (Malla, 36.1 ov), 4-165 (Khadka, 36.3 ov), 5-197 (Airee, 43.1 ov), 6-200 (Baskota, 44.6 ov), 7-222 (B Regmi, 46.6 ov), 8-222 (Bhandari, 47.1 ov), 9-241 (Gauchan, 49.6 ov)
1-0 (Arshad Ali, 1.1 ov), 2-22 (Abdul Shakoor, 4.4 ov), 3-24 (Shaiman Anwar, 6.4 ov),4-70 (Haroon Iftikhar, 19.5 ov), 5-157 (Khurram Khan, 38.2 ov), 6-180 (Mohammad Azam, 42.1 ov)
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