Asian Cricket Council Elite Trophy

Nepal, UAE share ACC Elite title after thrilling tie

ESPNcricinfo staff

October 12, 2012

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United Arab Emirates 241 for 6 (Saqib 101*, Khurram 61, Gauchan 3-36) tied with Nepal 241 for 9 (Khakurel 55, Mandal 44)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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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Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

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

Posted by Surajdon9 on (October 14, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by Indian_Fan09 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!!

Posted by   on (October 13, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

Well done boys! Keep it up.

Posted by   on (October 13, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

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

Posted by mukesh_yadav 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.

Posted by TheReverseDoosra_K 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.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (October 13, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

@ OliRohit very good point Dude.Nepal deserve separate ESPN country TAB on their Home page...

Posted by Surajdon9 on (October 13, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

Well played Young Subash...........

Posted by   on (October 13, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

Nepali Captain deserve more Chances in International League...

Posted by   on (October 13, 2012, 5:41 GMT)

Well Played Nepali team.Proud of you boys.all the best for future..

Posted by OliRohit on (October 13, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

Congratulation!!! Really excellent performance by both teams specially by Nepal. Thank you cricinfo for doing great job. However, Nepal is underestimated by you that Nepal is not listed under your countries category but country like USA who are not superior than Nepal are listed. What's this???

Posted by   on (October 13, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

All Hail Nepal!!! Bravo performance and thankx shakti for holding the nerve!! Nepal shouldn't only be qualified for Asia cup but also be considered for ODI status along with UAE. Nepal is a consistent performing team with lots of passion, Nepal can be a good market for cricket. for ex., final match between UAE and Nepal was played in packed stadium with lots of Nepali fans. So, I request ICC to consider passion rather than country status. It would be fruitful in long run.

Posted by   on (October 13, 2012, 4:40 GMT)

Special Performance by Nepali Team. Could have been all ours. Three cheers for Nepali Cricket Team. Still long way to go. I couldn't see the match live ... :(

Posted by   on (October 13, 2012, 4:32 GMT)

Congrats to Nepal.............

Posted by   on (October 13, 2012, 2:49 GMT)

Congratulations to Nepali cricket Team. 3 big achievements this year - Promoted to Div 3, Became 7th in T20 qualifying tournament and has now won the ACC Trophy Elite. Thanks to ESPNCricinfo for covering the event and providing commentary.

Posted by camouflage on (October 12, 2012, 22:30 GMT)

Thank you cricinfo for the ball by ball update. You guys did a tremendous job. Excellent achievement for Nepal. I am happy to see that our batting has finally improved and many thanks to Coach Dasnayake. I am a little disappointed at ACC. If the bottom two teams in the tournament get relegated, then its only fair that the top two teams be promoted to play for the Asia cup. In my opinion, both UAE and Nepal are better off losing against India or Sri Lanka by 200+ runs than beating Bhutan or Saudi Arabia by 200+ runs.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 20:54 GMT)

Its was a excellent match between nepal and uae both team played best game during whole turnament especially nepal is really improving lots any way its was bad luck for nepal despite excellent start but couldnot countinue till end any way congratulation both Nepal and UAE for excellent game and especial thanks to all my fellow nepali brother and sister who support both team for todays match and many thanks to espncricinfo for excellet job.........jay cricket and jay nepal...............raising star of asain cricket............congratulation at last not the least...........!

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 20:28 GMT)

glory glory NEPAL,,,,,,,,,,but still long way to go.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

case would have been different if Gauchan was able to make last run, and wasn't run out. But anyway the match was great! Keep the sprit. Hoping for better performance in ICC Division 3. Congrats Nepalese Team for sharing trophy.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 18:39 GMT)

why this blog puts nepal in others. like us, nedar,,,,, ,and low ranking aretheir but why nepal dont have

Posted by bippidybop on (October 12, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

Definitely nepal is on the up and on the radar to get an affiliate status and hopefully compete in the biggest arena that is the 2015 worldcup. Afghanistan and Nepal are the two affiliates to lookout for from the indian subcontinent. Congratulations and Good luck from India.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 18:31 GMT)

its good debu by nepal we all love nepalese team. but why nepal in others but why this website not showing nepal in normal like usa and india

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

is there any link to see the highlights? It seems to be very thrilling match...

Posted by Htc-Android on (October 12, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

One of these teams deserve to play Asia cup along with Afghanistan. my small request to Icc please let one of these teams to participate in the Asia cup. i know they dont have ODI status but this will be a boost for cricket in their country. Specially countries like nepal they have always qualified for the U19 world cup and won the Plate championship once after facing NZ and SA. So there is passion to play this game. What kind of Asia Cup is it? u decide the champion with only 4 teams playing with each other?

Posted by Joy_Yess_Basnet on (October 12, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

It's very hard fought match....congratulation to our Nepal team to be a acc elite champion with uae.....and thanks so much to espncricinfo team for ball to ball update.....cheerssss

Posted by abhinawtp2003 on (October 12, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

Well done boys...You have made Nepal proud...Shakti Gauchan is hero and villain both...Had he hit the boundary in the last ball, the trophy would be solely Nepal's as the champions... Vesawkar is villain taking singles in the 48th overs onwards and retarding the chase though he was well set batsman... Try to play fearless cricket... !!! Whatever the outcome is, it is great to be champion albeit halfheartedly...!!! Thumbs up!!!

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

nepal is improving its performance day by day and one day we canfind nepal playing worlld cup

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

a hard fought match by both sides...unluckily it was tie though we could have win it..never mind..proud of ur performance n proud to be NEPALI...

Posted by SEA_51 on (October 12, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

Nepali cricketer are in great form nowwww. Best of luck for comming matches.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

Should've had a bowl-out or super over considering it was a final but I wonder what would've happened if it was the real 50 over world cup with both teams on a tie. Surely you can't have "joint-world champions" :))

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

Its heart warming news for all Nepali cricket fans. I hope its our coming off age moment for Nepali cricket. Nepal had beaten South Africa, Pakistan, NewZealand and other top dogs of world cricket by 2000!! A special appreciation for our new captain Paras Khadka and coach Dasanayke for instilling belief in players!! Well done Nepali crickte team, proud of you guys!!! Lets give top dogs some fight in Asia Cup, we sure can beat Bangladesh!!!

Posted by gurkhadaredevils on (October 12, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

what a superb performance by nepal...hat ups..this kind of hardwork will definately bring nepal to bigger stage of world cricket...this match shows we deserve the higher ranks in cricket...congratulation!!!!!

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

Congrats victorious Nepalese cricket team!!! Now, expect our heroes to perform their best in ICC Div. III competition!!!

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

Nepal played wonderfully well throughout the tournament. At one time, when anil mandal and subash khakurel were batting, Nepal looked to win comfortably but UAE fought back well. Nepal would be satisfied to draw the match and lift the trophy as a joint winner alongside UAE. Good luck to the Nepalese cricket team in future matches. Keep on the winning streak.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

What an amazing game between Nepal and UAE.. phew

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

Though we are not a sole Champion,but Lots of performances from the game that can be remembered for a long time.ACC elite cup 2012 is gonna be remember for Gorkhalis brave performance, both batting and bowling became strength of team Nepal and our captain cool Paras Khadka became top scorer of the tournament and he is awarded Man of the series for his consistent performances with the bat and the ball and not the least Shakti Gauchan became highest wicket we can dream our team may play 2015 WC Cricket... we are proud of Nepali cricket players ....

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

WOW !!! what an exciting match!!! Nepal deserved the trophy but nevertheless its tied ,,, anyway Thanks to cricinfo and entire team of text commentary along with Shahriar Khan... Thank u so much I cant ever forget this match,,, I wish that ACC could have televised such a great match!

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

great chances, but cannot win .

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

i love u all Nepali team .. U r rocks ...............

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