Kathmandu, November 18
Nepal won the Ssixer ODI Series beating the UAE by 6 wickets at TU Cricket Ground on Friday.
The three-match series was tied 1-1 before this game. This is the first bilateral ODI series win for Nepal at home.
Winning the toss, captain Rohit Paudel put the UAE to bat first. That turned out to be a masterstroke as Nepal took full advantage of seaming conditions and took three early wickets as Sompal Kami and Gulshan Jha sent back the top order within the first four overs.
Rohan Mustafa and Alishan Sharafu steadied the innings, but their 63-run stand was broken by Diprendra Singh Airee sending back Mustafa for 24. Wickets kept falling regularly thereon in as Airee, Dinesh Rajbanshi and Kushal Bhurtel sent back the middle over cheaply.
A last-wicket 83-run stand between Aayan Afzal Khan and Hazrat Bilal saved the UAE’s face in the last match of the Ssixer ODI Series as visitors managed to reach a respectable 176 runs in the allotted 50 overs.
In reply, Nepal managed to chase the total easily. Openers Arjun Saud and Aasif Sheikh were cautious at the start, but the former got out quite quickly. Sheikh then took Nepal’s innings forward along with former-captain Gyanendra Malla who was at his former best as he played shots to all parts of the ground and scored a half-century after 2021.
The two’s 122-run stand led Nepal to the victory of the Ssixer ODI Series as the hosts managed to reach the total with 6 wickets and 59 balls to spare.
Sheikh was announced as the player of the match for his 119 balls 88.