Kathmandu, November 16
Nepal have levelled the Ssixer ODI Series defeating the UAE by three wickets in the second match of the three-match series held at TU Cricket Ground on Wednesday.
Batting first, the UAE had given Nepal 192 runs to chase, which the hosts chased with 13 balls to spare.
Compared to the first ODI event between the two on Monday, Nepal’s bowler restricted the visitors, who were off to a solid start thanks to openers Vriitya Aravind and Muhammad Waseem, who put up a 72-run stand, to a below-par score.
But, once Nepal picked up Aravind, wickets kept coming as spin bowling of Dipendra Singh Airee, Lalit Rajbanshi and Kushal Bhurtel restricted the hosts to a poor total.
Bhurtel, known for his batting, impressed with the ball as he gave away only 28 runs in seven overs picking up his first ODI wicket. Apart from that, Rajbanshi and pacer Sompal Kami picked up three wickets each while Airee, Karan KC and Gulshan Jha picked up a wicket each.
In reply, Nepal did not have the best of starts, losing openers Arjun Saud and Aasif Sheikh in the first five overs.
Wickets kept tumbling regularly as Nepal had lost half their sides by the 25th over. The innings, however, was rescued by Aarif Sheikh and Jha, who put up a 62-run stand for the seventh wicket, with Jha scoring the majority of the runs scoring 37 in 49 balls. Jha was also announced as the player of the match.
By the time Jha got out, the game was in Nepal’s hand as Sheikh’s 58-ball 33 took Nepal home with over two overs to spare.
With this win, Nepal have levelled the series. The final match of the Ssixer ODI Series will take place on Friday.