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World T20 Qualifying Race Thrown Wide Open As Nepal Beat Malaysia

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29/07/2019

World T20 Qualifying Race Thrown Wide Open As Nepal Beat Malaysia

Malaysia remain in the thick of the action at the Asian Regional Finals qualifying tournament for the ICC T20 World Cup despite suffering a seven-wicket defeat to Nepal in Singapore on Wednesday.

Following the surprise defeat of tournament favourites Nepal by four wickets to Qatar on Tuesday, the competition for the sole ticket to the Global Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates is wide open.

At the halfway stage of the competition, Singapore lead the standings with three points after beating Qatar and having their match against Kuwait washed out.

Malaysia, Nepal and Qatar follow in that order on net run-rate with all three teams having registered two points. Kuwait are bottom on one point.

With Thursday being a rest day, Malaysia return to action at the Indian Association ground on Friday against hosts Singapore in a match with a huge bearing on which side finishes top.

Nepal, the highest-ranked team in the competition at 11th in the world T20 International rankings,  rebounded from their shock loss to Qatar with a clinical dismissal of 35th-ranked Malaysia in a rain-shortened clash.

Rain delayed the start of the match and reduced the contest to nine overs each side after Nepal, whose only T20 defeat to Malaysia in six previous meetings was in 2009, won the toss and elected to field.

Sompal Kami snared two early wickets en route to finishing with three for 23 as Malaysia were restricted to 83-7 before Gyanendra Malla’s quick half-century led Nepal to 86-3 with six balls to spare.

Malla’s 51 came after he smashed a six and three consecutive fours off Sharvin Muniandy in the third over as Nepal raced to 41 without loss before being dismissed by Syahadat Ramli having faced 21 balls and hit three sixes and five fours.

Man-of-the-match Malla put on a 66-run stand with fellow opener Pradeep Airee (12), who fell to Syahadat three balls later with the Malaysian bowler going on to dismiss Dipendra Airee for his second consecutive three-wicket haul following Monday’s 42-run win over Kuwait.

Earlier, Malaysia looked on course for a big total when scoring at a rate of 10 runs per over as Syed Aziz Syed Mubarak slammed a six and five fours in facing 15 balls and scoring 30.

Openers Anwar Arudin and Shafiq Sharif were gone for golden ducks in the opening over bowled by Kami before Syed Aziz, who scored 50 against Nepal in a bilateral series on July 14 at the Kinrara Oval, and Aminuddin Ramly added 22 runs for the third wicket.

But soon after Kami bowled Aminuddin for his third wicket, Syed Aziz fell to Sandeep Lamichhane at 37-4 and it was left to Virandeep Singh to bolster Malaysia’s total with 21 off 17 balls in 24-run partnership with captain Ahmad Faiz Mohammad Noor.

After facing Singapore on Friday, Malaysia wrap up their campaign on Saturday against Qatar.

BRIEF SCORES

Malaysia 83-7 in 9 overs (Syed Aziz 30, Virandeep Singh 21, Sompal Kami 3-23, Basant Regmi 2-9)

Nepal 86-3 in 8 overs (Gyanendra Malla 51, Binod Bhandari 13 not out, Syahadat Ramli 3-19)

Result: Nepal won by 7 wickets
Man of the Match: Gyanendra Malla (Nepal)

 

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