KATHMANDU, Feb 27: Nepal has received a target of 172 runs from United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the first practice match held at Kwekwe Sports Club, Zimbabwe on Tuesday.
Electing to bat first after winning the toss, UAE made 171 runs in 28.5 overs in the reduced 29-over match.
UAE’s player Ashfaq Ahmed scored highest 42 runs including one six and four fours off 51 balls, Adnan Mufti made 37 runs including four fours off 26 balls while Ghulam Shabber contributed 32 runs including one four off 38 ballls losing all wickets in 28. 5 overs. The match was reduced to 29 overs after the rain disturbed the warm-up match.
In reply, Nepal’s Lalit Bhandari claimed highest four wickets of UAE giving away 40 runs in six overs, Karan KC took three wickets conceding 38 runs in 5.5 overs while Lalit Rajbansi grabbed two wickets giving away 30 runs in five overs.
This is the third match Nepal is facing UAE within two weeks. Nepal had defeated UAE by six wickets in the group match and was defeated by UAE by seven wickets in the final match during the ICC World Cricket League Division II held in Namibia.
Both countries have qualified for the World Cup Qualifiers to be held in Zimbabwe itself.
Nepal will take on Zimbabwe in their first match at the ICC World Cup Qualifiers to be held in Zimbabwe on March 4. Similarly, it will play with Scotland, Afghanistan and Hong Kong on February 8, February 10 and February 12 respectively under group B.