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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES V NEPAL – ASIAN CRICKET COUNCIL TROPHY ELITE 2012


A half-ton from Anil Mandal propelled Nepal to a 4-wicket victory over the United Arab Emirates, during their Group B match in the ongoing Asian Cricket Council Trophy Elite 2012, played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on October 3.

The UAE won the toss and elected to bat first – however, Shakti Gauchan (8.5-1-32-5) and Basanta Regmi (6-1-13-3) ensured that they were kept down to a low total.

Openers Haroon Iftikhar (18) and wicketkeeper batsman Abdul Shakoor (15) set up a partnership of 23 runs, which came to an end with the dismissal of Shakoor at the hands of Amrit Bhattarai in the 5th over. Iftikhar was soon picked up by Basanta Regmi, and Saqib Ali (5) and Shaiman Anwar (9) remained lacklustre.

Skipper Khurram Khan attempted to revive the innings, but his contribution did not progress beyond 20 runs, and Gauchan snapped up both Khurram Khan and Rohan Mustafa (12) in the 27th over.

Mohammad Azam (33) top-scored for the team, and his 36-run partnership with Arshad Ali (12*) remained the highest on his side. However, their efforts were not enough to save their team, and following a slew of mediocre performances from Fayyaz Ahmed (4), Shadeep Silva (1), and Manjula Guruge (0), the UAE team found themselves all out at 133 by the 41st over.

Nepal, in response, breezed through the chase, and despite the efforts of Guruge (8-2-25-3) and Arshad Ali (10-2-16-2), easily reached 134 within 46 overs, with only 6 wickets down.

Subash Khakurel (1), Gyanendra Malla (4), and skipper Paras Khadka (4) were all fairly ineffective – however, Anil Mandal (63) top-scored for the team, in addition to setting up two solid partnerships – a 37-run 4th wicket stand with Sharad Vesawkar (16), and a 46-run partnership with Pradeep Airee (17). His efforts got the team up to 112 by the 39th over, after which he was caught out by Mohammad Azam off Arshad Ali.

However, Pithu Banskota (15*) took up the responsibility from there onwards, and his unbeaten 22-run stand with Gauchan (8*) got Nepal safely over the finish line, reaching 134 with 4 wickets and 28 deliveries still remaining.

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Information for Indian tourists travelling by land:- 72 hours (-) C-19 report, CCMC form and Antigen Test at entry point
Information for Indian tourists travelling by land:- 72 hours (-) C-19 report, CCMC form and Antigen Test at entry point
Information for Indian tourists travelling by land:- 72 hours (-) C-19 report, CCMC form and Antigen Test at entry point