Asian Cricket Council Elite Trophy October 12, 2012

Nepal, UAE share ACC Elite title after thrilling tie

ESPNcricinfo staff

United Arab Emirates 241 for 6 (Saqib 101*, Khurram 61, Gauchan 3-36) tied with Nepal 241 for 9 (Khakurel 55, Mandal 44)
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After a thrilling tied final in Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates and Nepal shared the Asian Cricket Council Elite Trophy. Saqib Ali led UAE's recovery from 24 for 3 to help them post 241, a target that looked in Nepal's sight after their 94-run opening stand. However, they kept losing wickets consistently, and eventually needed 12 off the last over with just two wickets in hand. Shakti Gauchan, who had taken three wickets earlier, smacked Shadeep Silva's left-arm for a six, but could manage only one run off the last ball.

UAE's innings was the opposite of Nepal's. They got off to a horrible start, and were 70 for 4 after 19.5 overs. That brought together captain Khurram Khan and Saqib, who have both played ODIs for UAE. They added 87 for the fifth wicket, but the big push arrived only in the last four overs that went for 46 runs. Saqib was only 88 going into the last over of the innings, but hit Basanta Regmi for a six and a four off the last two balls to bring up his century.

UAE carried the momentum into the second innings, but Subash Khakurel and Anil Mandal got Nepal's chase off to a solid start. However, they lost their way in the middle of the innings, going from 165 for 2 to 222 for 8. Sharad Vesawkar, who came in at 165 for 4, held the chase together with wickets falling all around him. He even managed his unbeaten 38 at better than a run a ball.

However, when a splendid piece of fielding from Saqib ran Binod Bhandari out, Nepal still needed 20 off 17, and had just two wickets in hand. Gauchan practically blocked out the 48th over, and they now needed 18 off the last two. Khurram went with his quick man, Arshad Ali, for the 19th over, and conceded just six runs. That increased the pressure, but Nepal also had slight opportunity: a spinner was to bowl the last over.

Gauchan played out another dot before two singles brought it down to 10 off 3. He then swung hard at Silva, and managed to clear long-on. Silva erred again next ball by fumbling on a run-out opportunity, allowing the batsmen to steal a couple after hitting straight to long-on. Another such mistake, and the title would be Nepal's. Gauchan this time hit to long-off; UAE made no mistake, and honours were even after a hard-fought match.

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  • Dummy4 on October 14, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    congrats to nepali cricket. Nepal has a good future in cricket.Need opportunity to show our game.

  • Suraj on October 14, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    @sagar Khanal: Mate donot expect that from BCCI but CAn need to talk with PCB...

  • Dummy4 on October 14, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    what a surprise game,thanks for good job cricinfo,but please mention nepal home page not a other country,now a days pakistan helps to afganistan to promote the cricket,so why not india helps in nepal,i request to bcci to more ceperience our heros.

  • Dummy4 on October 13, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Nepal cricket is now on top form and they are beating the countries who play on world cup as well as ODI status nations. Not only i am surprised with Nepal's performance every emerging nation are focusing about Nepali cricket. We hope Nepal will go up to the world cup ladder and reach world cup. This is not impossible if they go on their way with like this kind of performances.

  • Dummy4 on October 13, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Really hope that Nepal can follow this up with promotion from World Cricket League Division 3 next year. They deserve to play in the World Cup qualifier and seem to have lots of passionate fans, like Afghanistan. Much rather see those two sides in the 2015 WC than Canada or UAE with all their expats and no followers.

  • Sukwinder on October 13, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Well done both the teams!! If BCCI helps Nepal like PCB does to Afghanistan, Nepal may develop into a strong strong team!! However I doubt BCCI will ever do that cause they dont want other nations to do well!! Nepal Cricket Board should try to make arrangement with BCCI to tour states, attend coaching camps etc!!

    UAE has stagnated. Apart from wins here and there V Afghanistan, they have not been able to improve much!! Something is wrong so check it out and spot it UAE!!

  • Dummy4 on October 13, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Well done boys! Keep it up.

  • Dummy4 on October 13, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Nepal has plenty of young talent.......

  • mukesh on October 13, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    NEPAL is the rising star of the ASIAIAN we all wish to them for quickly play against india,pakistan,srilanka and B.desh.

  • Karandeep on October 13, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Congrats to Nepal. Tough luck Afghanistan, need to sort out that 100% loss jynx against UAE. Both the finalists played well but the difference between these teams that UAE heavily reliant on journeymen from Pak,Ind,SA etc. and Nepal has produced their own indigenous players. Some may argue that more 50% of UAE population is expat but UAE can not even get 100 people to support them but Nepalis gets the stadium filled almost completely. UAE could not afford field a team for 2010 Asian Games because only 2 of their team members were Emirati Arab Nationals (because even a foreign origin person born in UAE is not a National)-. Hope for the 2014 Asian Games we are able to see a full team of native Arabs, Nepal government should give more support to their cricket because youi really have the support of people. The teams like Uganda, PNG and Nepal are the real developing teams not from WCL championships. And they will prosper. Good luck.

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