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Nepal, Uganda beat Malaysia and Bermuda to seal final spots

Another rain-hit day sees Singapore’s bowlers helping their team to a 32-run win (D/L method) over USA

Nepal, Uganda beat Malaysia and Bermuda to seal final spots - Cricket News
Naresh Budayair top scored for Nepal with an unbeaten 44.

Nepal posted its fourth consecutive win in the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3 and managed to hold on to the top position in the points table, while Uganda and Singapore also posted comprehensive wins in their matches on Wednesday (October 29). 

At Selangor Turf Club, Nepal first shot down Malaysia for 142 and then cruised to 89 for 2 before rain interrupted play in the 25th over, giving Nepal a comfortable 36-run win by the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Asked to bat, Malaysia got off to a poor start. With just three batsmen managing double-digit scores, and with no significant partnerships taking shape, Malaysia could manage only a paltry score. Anwar Arudin, who has had a fairly successful tournament with the bat, held the innings together till the 32nd over, scoring 69, but once he was dismissed, the innings fell apart. 

In reply, Nepal lost Subash Khakurel (3) early but Naresh Budayair (42 not out) and Gyanendra Malla (35) got the innings going as the duo added 69 runs for the second wicket to quash any hopes of a Malaysia win. With the win, Nepal reached the final of the tournament, to be played on Thursday.

To see the scorecard and review the Nepal v Malaysia match in full, please click here.

Across at Bayumas Oval, Uganda trounced Bermuda by seven wickets to claim the second position in the points table, hence ensuring a game against Nepal in the final.
Chasing 141, Uganda rode on Roger Mukasa’s 68-ball 86 to overhaul the target in the 25th over. 

Mukasa and Arthur Kyobe (18) gave the team a solid start, scoring a run-a-ball 75 together, before Kyobe was dismissed by Dion Stovell in the 13th over. In at No. 3, Jonathan Sebanja didn’t let the momentum created by the openers slip and collaborated with Mukasa for a 54-run stand to take the team closer to a win. 

Mukasa and Sebanja fell in the space of six runs but Phillimon Selowa and Brian Masaba completed formalities in the 25th over. 
Earlier, a combined effort from the spin trio of Franco Nsubuga, Henry Ssenyondo and Davis Arinaitwe, who picked up three wickets apiece, restricted Bermuda to 140 in 39.5 overs. 

With the batsmen getting starts but not converting them into big ones, Bermuda’s hopes of posting a competitive total faded very quickly. Kamau Leverock top scored for Bermuda with a 25-ball 27. 

Bermuda will now take on the United States of America in the fifth-place playoff, also to be played on Thursday. 

To see the scorecard and review the Bermuda v Uganda match in full, please click here.

In the third match of the day, Singapore posted a 32-run win over USA by the D/L method at Kinrara Academy Oval.

Batting first, Singapore stuttered to 225 for 7 in 50 overs despite getting a solid start, but its bowlers ensured the rain-hit game didn’t slip away from Singapore. 

Arjun Mutreja and Chaminda Ruwan, the openers, gave Singapore a steady start, scoring 98 runs in 26.2 overs, before Karan Ganesh, the off-spinner, bowled Mutreja for a well-compiled 44. Ruwan was back in the hut just five balls later after being trapped in front by Danial Ahmed. 

However, Anish Paraam, the second-highest run scorer of the tournament, held one end up and kept the runs flowing, scoring 72 off 73 balls, but with other batsmen not sticking around, Singapore had to settle for a modest total. 

In reply, Steven Taylor (56) and Fahad Babar (44) gave USA a flying start, scoring 80 runs for the first wicket in 14.2 overs. But USA then lost Babar and Steve Massiah in quick succession before rain interrupted play in the 23rd over.

With the revised target being 200 from 42 overs, USA needed 98 from 18 overs to post its second win of the tournament, but the batsmen failed to cope with the pressure of the asking rate and folded for 167 in 39.4 overs.

To see the scorecard and review the Singapore v USA match in full, please click here.

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