KATHMANDU: Nepal entered the final of ACC Trophy Elite, beating Malaysia by 21 runs in their semifinal match played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Nepal will play the United Arab Emirates in the final on Friday. Nepal had beaten the hosts in their first Group B encounter by four wickets in Sharjah on October 3.
In the 45-over innings, Nepal restricted Malaysia to 220 runs as Prithu Baskota took three wickets and Shakti Gauchan bagged two.
For Malaysia, Suhan Kumar scored 43 runs off 51 balls and Shafiq Sharif made 42 runs.
Invited to bat first by Malaysia, Nepal had made 241 runs in 45 overs at the cost of nine wickets.
Nepal built up the target with skipper Paras Khadka making 89 runs off 96. Likewise, Sarad Vesawkar contributed 37 runs, and Gyanendra Malla and Prithu Baskota made 34 runs each.
The match was delayed due to fog in Abu Dhabi this morning, and the innings restricted to 45 overs.
Fog in the ground before the semifinal match between Afghanistan and UAE at ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai on Wednesday. Photo: ACC
In another semifinal, the hosts United Arab Emirates defeated Afghanistan by eight wickets with 158 balls remaining.
The hosts restricted Afghanistan to 70 runs in 30.4 overs, and met the 71-run target in 23.4 overs at the cost of two wickets.
The UAE's EHSN Silva and Ahmed Raza bagged three wickets each, and Arshad Ali claimed two wickets to restrict Afghanistan to meagre 70 runs.
The United Arab Emirates restricted Afghanistan to 70 runs in the first innings at ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai on Wednesday. Photo: ACC