KATHMANDU: Nepal are taking on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the final of the ACC Trophy Elite Cup being played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah on Friday.
Winning the toss, Nepal decided to field first, and invited the hosts to bat.
Nepal had entered the ACC Trophy Elite Cup final by defeating Malaysia in the semifinal, while the UAE made it to the finals overpowering Afghanistan.
Earlier, Nepal had defeated the UAE in their Group ‘B’ match by four wickets on October 3.
The UAE have posted a target of 242 runs to Nepal.
The hosts made 241/6 in 50 overs. Saqib Ali made 101 runs (not out) off 103 balls and Khurram Khan contributed 61 to help the UAE build up the target.
Ali hit eight boundaries and a couple of sixes, and completed his century off the last ball of the UAE innings.*
Nepal claimed first wicket in the second over when they had made only one run. The second wicket fell down in the fifth over. The UAE were struggling with 24 runs when their third wicket fell in the seventh over. However, the UAE made a 46-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Likewise, Nepal offerred 87 runs for the fifth wicket and 61 for the seventh.
Nepal's Shakti Gauchan gave 36 runs and claimed three wickets, while Sanjam Regmi bagged one.
Two UAE batsmen were run out and sent back to the pavilion.
In a disciplined bowling today, Nepal, however, gave five extra runs only.
Fall of wickets
1-0 (Arshad Ali, 1.1 ov), 2-22 (Abdul Shakoor, 4.4 ov), 3-24 (Shaiman Anwar, 6.4 ov),4-70 (Haroon Iftikhar, 19.5 ov), 5-157 (Khurram Khan, 38.2 ov), 6-180 (Mohammad Azam, 42.1 ov)
*(This version corrects the number of boundaries that Saqib Ali hit)