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Col (Retd) Rafi Nasim
July 17, 2000
The match started at the Bugti Stadium Quetta, the capital city of the province of Baluchistan. It is a hill station with a pleasant but at times cool summer.
Nepal won the toss and elected to field first. The result showed that they were pretty wise in reading the pitch. Batting first, Bahrain met a disastrous start by losing 7 wickets for 32 runs in 19 overs. Except for Rizwan Abdul Ghani who was run out after scoring useful 15 runs, no other batsman was able to score more than 5 runs. Unable to face the pressure of Nepal's hostile bowling, Bahrain was all out for 42 runs in 23.4 overs. Basanta Regmi was the leading bowler with 3 wickets for 6 runs in 5 overs.
Facing an easy target of 43 runs, Nepal opened with Monik Shrestha and Prakash Sharma, who was bowled by Anand Mahendra for 6. Nepal thus lost the 1st wicket at 19.
Prem Chaudhary joined opener Shrestha and both of them carried their team to victory. Nepal scored 44 for 1 in 10.1 overs. Shrestha (15) and Pram Chaudhary (15) remained not out. Nepal achieved a remarkable victory over Bahrain by 9 wickets.