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Asia Cup Qualifiers: Nepal lose to UAE by 78 runs

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KATHMANDU — Nepal suffered 78 runs defeat at the hands of United Arab Emirates during Asia Cup Qualifiers played at the Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia on Thursday.

Electing to field after winning the toss, Nepal lost its first wicket as Gyanendra Malla departed for 4 in the very first over.

Nepal invited Oman to bat first and posted a challenging total of 255/9 in the allotted 50 over. However, Nepal were bowled out for meagre 176 runs with seven balls to spare conceding 78 runs defeat to the Gulf nation.

Nepal lost opening batsman Gyanendra Malla cheaply for four runs and at one stage were reeling at 33-2 after losing skipper Paras Khadka for 16 runs.

Subash Khakurel and Deependra Singh Airee scored 50 runs and 40 runs respectively as they tried to hold the Nepali innings together.

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However, with other batsmen failing to score in double figures except Sompal Kami who made 27 runs and Basanta Regmi withg 12 runs, it was always an uphill task for Nepal to chase the 255-run target.

UAE bowlers Ahmed Raza took four Nepali wickets and Mohammad Naveed claimed three while Amir Hayat took two and Ashfaq Ahmed also put one in his pocket.

Sandeep Lamichhane took four wickets while Sompal Kami and Basanta Regmi had two each for Nepal.

Nepal lost its first match against Oman on Wednesday.

The winner of the tournament will play the Asia Cup tournament.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

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Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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