Nepal fail to chase 193 against UAE

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Nepal cricket team failed to chase a target of 193 against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the second match of the Quadrangular T20 cricket series on Saturday.

Nepal could only manage 165/7 in a match played at Al Amarat Cricket Ground in Oman today. Chasing a daunting target of 193 runs, Nepal lost five wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Dipendra Singh Airee contributed 41 runs for Nepal from 33 balls, with the help of five fours.

Similarly, a late strike from Lokesh Bam smacked 33 runs off 21 balls. He struck two fours and two sixes but it was not enough with the required run rate of over 13 runs per over.

Opener Asif Sheikh looked solid for his 34 runs off 29 balls, including four fours and a six. Gyanendra Malla scored 22 runs off 19 balls with two fours and a six. Arif Sheikh added 11 runs and Sharad Bheshavak added 10 runs.

UAE’s Rohan Mustafa and Kasif Dawood took two wickets each while Junaid Siddiqui took one wicket.

Earlier, the UAE cricket team were asked to bat first. They managed to put a mammoth 193 runs for the loss of three wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. Chirag Suri contributed unbeaten 84 runs for UAE. He hit five fours and five sixes.

Similarly, Rohan Mustafa scored 49 off 35 balls. He hit five fours and two sixes. Mohammad Wasim added 22 runs off 13 balls. He struck one four and two sixes. Mohammad Buta scored 14 runs. For Nepal, captain Sandeep Lamichhane, Arif Sheikh and Sahav Alam took one wicket each.

Nepal had defeated Oman by 6 wickets in the first match played yesterday. Nepal will play the final match of the four-nation T20 series against Ireland on March 20.

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