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Karki stars in Nepal triumph

Mukasa’s all-round effort in vain as Uganda goes down by 62 runs in title clash

Karki stars in Nepal triumph - Cricket News
Nepal defeated Uganda by 62 runs to register its fifth consecutive win of the tournament and win the ICC World Cricket League Division Three title 2014-15.
Bhuvan Karki, the left-arm spinner, starred with a four-wicket haul to help Nepal defeat Uganda by 62 runs in the final and win the ICC World Cricket League Division Three title 2014-15 at the Kinrara Academy Oval on Thursday (October 30).
 
After Nepal was bowled out for 223 in 49.5 overs, Karki's figures of 4 for 39 from eight overs sent Uganda crashing to 161 all out in 44.1 overs.
 
Roger Mukasa's 6 for 27 in 3.5 overs, which earned him the Man of the Match award, helped Uganda keep Nepal down to an attainable total. Mukasa, who finished with a tournament tally of 13 wickets from six matches to go with 265 runs at 44.16, was also named the Man of the Series. 
 
Nepal started strongly after electing to bat, with Sagar Pun (64) and Naresh Budayair (51) putting on 107 for the opening wicket in 26.2 overs. Gyanendra Malla chipped in with 56 after the openers were dismissed, but found little support otherwise. Only Paras Khadka, the captain, managed to get to double figures apart from the top three, Mukara’s right-arm medium pace doing all the damage as Nepal lost its last six wickets for just 15 runs.
 
Uganda suffered a setback when Mukasa was forced to retire hurt on 12 after having put on 23 with Arthur Kyobe for the first wicket. Hamu Bagenda then joined Kyobe and the duo put on a further 27 before Kyobe was removed for 15. 
 
Basant Regmi removed Bagneda (22) with the first ball of the next over and Uganda suddenly found itself in a spot. 
 
Mukasa returned with the score on 92 for 5 and added 49 with Frank Nsubuga, the captain. He eventually departed for a valiant 52-ball 51, studded with four boundaries and three sixes. After that, Nepal quickly ran through the tail to seal its fifth consecutive win in the tournament.
 
Regmi was impressive with the ball as well, his 9.1 overs fetching him figures of 2 for 29.   

To see the scorecard and review the Nepal v Uganda match in full, please click here.
 
In the third place play-off match at the Bayumas Oval, Malaysia rode on a century by Suhan Alagaratnam, the opener, to race to 172 for 3 in 32.2 overs and seal a seven-wicket win against Singapore.
 
A collective effort from its bowlers earlier in the day had helped Malaysia bowl Singapore out for 169 in 48 overs. 
 
Alagaratnam added 110 with Ahmed Faiz (46), the captain, after Malaysia had lost Anwar Arudin early. He added a further 43 with Khizar Hayat (12 not out) after Faiz's dismissal, before Suharril Fetri joined Hayat to complete the formalities. 
 
Earlier, Malaysia's bowlers hunted in a pack to restrict Singapore. Christopher Janik top-scored with 63, but there weren't too many other contributions of note. Arjun Mutreja (18), Kshitij Shinde (22) and Rezza Gaznavi (22) all got off to starts, but none of them could kick on. 
 
Pavandeep Singh, the left-arm spinner, was the pick of the Malaysia bowlers, returning figures of 3 for 43 from nine overs. Nasir Shafiq and Shahrulnizam Yusof were both miserly and accounted for two wickets each, while Hayat and Fetri picked up a wicket apiece. 

To see the scorecard and review the Singapore v Malaysia match in full, please click here.
 
Over at the Selangor Turf Club, United States of America got the better of Bermuda by 10 wickets in the fifth place play-off match. 
 
Bermuda's decision to bat first backfired as it was bundled out for 113 in just 19.3 overs. Jordan DeSilva, the wicketkeeper who came in at No.8, top-scored with 39, while Christian Burgess made a brief contribution of 21.
 
Usman Shuja and Adil Bhatti, who opened the bowling for USA, were responsible for most of the damage. Shuja took 3 for 30 from five overs, while Bhatti finished with 3 for 29 from his five. Danial Ahmed took 2 for 6 from 1.3 overs, while Steve Massiah and Muhammad Ghous picked up one each.
 
USA powered home as it chased down a small target with ease. Bhatti and Fahad Babar, the wicketkeeper-batsman, both helped themselves to quickfire half-centuries. Bhatti remained unbeaten on 52 off 43 balls with five fours and three sixes, while Babar struck ten fours and two sixes to be unbeaten on 63 off 49 balls. 

To see the scorecard and review the United States of America v Bermuda match in full, please click here.

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