Kathmandu – Nepal got off to a bright start in the Asian Cricket Council Premier League by beating UAE by four wickets with more than ten overs to spare in Kuala Lumpur.
Put in to bat, UAE lost early wickets, but the innings was resurrected with a 72-run fifth-wicket stand. Swapnil Patil anchored UAE with 76, but they were bowled out in the penultimate over of the innings for 191. Sompal Kami and Mehaboob Alam shared six wickets between them.
Chasing a modest total, Nepal lost Naresh Budaiyar in the third over, but the second-wicket pair of Subash Khakurel (71) and Gyanendra Malla (47) responded with a 66-run stand. Paras Khadka, the captain, chipped in with a 40-ball 30. Fayyaz Ahmed was UAE’s most successful bowler with 2 for 49.
For his batting performance, Wicketkeeper/Batsman Subash Khakurel was adjudged Man of the Match.