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Nepal overcomes shaky start for five-wicket win

Oman defends small total against Hong Kong to scrape through by nine runs

Nepal overcomes shaky start for five-wicket win  - Cricket News
Nepal registered its second win in the ACC Premier League.
​Sompal Kami’s five-wicket haul helped Nepal secure a five-wicket win against Malaysia in the fifth match of the ACC Premier League, at the Bayuemas Oval in Kuala Lumpur on Friday (May 2). 

Kami, with 5 for 47 in ten overs, was instrumental in bowling Malaysia out for 149 in 43 overs. In reply, Nepal recovered from a shaky start to reach home in 37.3 overs, with five wickets in hand.

Kami accounted for the first three wickets, as Malaysia was quickly reduced to 28 for 3. Opener Anwar Arudin top-scored for Malaysia with 34, but he fell in the 14th over, caught off left-arm spinner Basant Regmi. Wicketkeeper Shafiq Sharif and Suharril Fetri got off to starts, but the rest of the line-up could not manage even that. Both batsmen, however, consumed too many deliveries for their effort. Sharif’s 24 took 46 balls, while Fetri took 81 balls for his 22.

Regmi was the best bowler after Kami, taking 2 for 26 in nine overs, while Mahaboob Alam, captain Paras Khadka and Sagar Pun accounted for a wicket apiece.

Nepal was in a spot of bother early in the innings, with four wickets down in 10.4 overs and just 36 on the board. Alam then led the recovery, adding 89 for the fifth wicket with Sharad Vesawkar. Alam was eventually run out, having made 53, while Vesawkar remained unbeaten on 29.

Suresh Navaratnam, who rocked the Nepal top-order with three quick strikes, was the best bowler for Malaysia, returning figures of 3 for 33 in nine overs.

Oman edges past Hong Kong 

At the Selangor Turf Club, Oman, after being asked to bat, folded for 143 in 45.1 overs, thanks to a collective effort from Hong Kong’s bowlers. However, its bowlers, led by left-arm spinner Ajay Lalcheta and Rajesh Kumar, came up with a spirited effort to steal a nine-run win.

In pursuit of a small total, Hong Kong opener Irfan Ahmed got off to a brisk start, smashing 20 off 10 balls. However, his onslaught did not last long, as he was caught by Munis Ansari.

Waqas Barkat too got off to a start, with a 28-ball 21, while Ankur Sharma struggled to up the ante during his stay, taking 86 balls for his 30.  

Haseeb Amjad produced a late cameo, scoring 38 off 35 balls, but it proved insufficient.

Lalcheta finished with match figures of 4 for 22 in 10 overs, while Rajesh’s quota fetched him 3 for 25.

Earlier, Oman’s innings was helped by its captain Sultan Ahmed and Amir Ali, who came in at No. 6 and No. 7 respectively. Sultan, who made 37, and Amir, who remained unbeaten on 32, were the only two batsmen to make some sort of impact on the scorecard. 

Tanwir Afzal, who took 3 for 28 in ten overs, and Irfan Ahmed, who finished with 3 for 17 in 7.1 overs, starred with the ball for Hong Kong, while Nadeem Ahmed’s left-arm spin fetched him 2 for 20 in seven overs.

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