Patil, Anwar help overhaul 96-run target as Nepal loses warm-up by six wickets
Deciding to bowl first, Khurram Khan, the UAE captain, was vindicated as its bowlers skittled Nepal out for 95 in 20 overs. UAE, led by Swapnil Patil’s 33, reached the target in 18.5 overs.
Nepal’s innings never gained much momentum as it lost two wickets within the first four overs. Subash Khakurel and Paras Khadka tried to resurrect the innings with a 36-run partnership, but Sharif Asadullah sent Khakurel back for 27.
Wickets fell at regular intervals thereafter, and when Khadka became Asadullah’s third scalp, Nepal was reduced to 75 for 7. While Asadullah returned figures of 3 for 15, Kamran Shazad grabbed 2 for 19.
UAE’s chase got off to a shaky start as Amjad Ali and Ahmed Raza were dismissed within the first four overs. Khurram Khan then gave Sharad Vesawkar his second catch of the day. However, a 48-run stand between Patil and Shaimam Anwar put UAE in firm control.
Patel hit three fours before Basant Regmi accounted for him with his left-arm spin. Anwar, though, remained unbeaten on 30 to guide UAE home with seven balls to spare.