Asian Cricket Council Trophy Elite, Group B: United Arab Emirates v Nepal at Sharjah, Oct 3, 2012
Nepal won by 4 wickets (with 28 balls remaining)
3 October 2012 (50-over match)

UAE will have been read the riot act by their coach Aqib Javed during lunch. They're going to come out firing. A lot at stake, it's a tough group and every game's criticial. Nepal's match for the taking...game on!

0.1

Guruge to Khakurel, 1 run

0.2

Guruge to Mandal, no run

0.3

Guruge to Mandal, 1 run

0.4

Guruge to Khakurel, no run

0.5

Guruge to Khakurel, no run

0.6

Guruge to Khakurel, no run

End of a tidy over by the left-arm paceman, still searching for his best rhythm on an easy-paced wicket.

End of over 1 (2 runs) Nepal 2/0 (132 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 2.69)

    • SP Khakurel 1 (4b)
    • AK Mandal 1 (2b)
    • AM Guruge 1-0-2-0

Shadeep Silva the spinning danger man for UAE on at the Pavilion End

1.1

Silva to Mandal, no run

1.2

Silva to Mandal, OUT, crazy run! Anil nudges to the onside, Subash sprints down and Fayyaz Ahmed at square leg just lobs the ball to Shadeep who knocks the bails off.

SP Khakurel run out 1 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

New batsman is Gyanendra Malla who's been in good form recently

1.3

Silva to Mandal, no run

1.4

Silva to Mandal, no run

1.5

Silva to Mandal, 1 wide

1.5

Silva to Mandal, no run

1.6

Silva to Mandal, no run

End of over 2 (1 run) Nepal 3/1 (131 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 1.50, RRR: 2.72)

    • AK Mandal 1 (8b)
    • G Malla 0 (0b)
    • EHSN Silva 1-0-1-0
    • AM Guruge 1-0-2-0
2.1

Guruge to Malla, no run, driven firmly to mid-on

2.2

Guruge to Malla, FOUR, in the air for a bit but timed sweetly down to the long-off boundary, Malla seeing the ball very early

2.3

Guruge to Malla, no run

2.4

Guruge to Malla, no run

slip and short extra the close catchers

2.5

Guruge to Malla, OUT, ball rears up off a length, gets the outside edge and 'keeper Shakoor diving in front and to his right takes a good catch. UAE want to win this

G Malla c †Abdul Shakoor b Guruge 4 (5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

Paras Khadka the new Nepal bat

2.6

Guruge to Khadka, FOUR, flicked down to fine leg, makes it look easy

End of over 3 (8 runs) Nepal 11/2 (123 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 3.66, RRR: 2.61)

    • P Khadka 4 (1b 1x4)
    • AK Mandal 1 (8b)
    • AM Guruge 2-0-10-1
    • EHSN Silva 1-0-1-0
3.1

Silva to Mandal, no run

Anil Mandal, a natural aggressor, against the wily Shadeep Silva who's fishing with a big hook. Good contest

3.2

Silva to Mandal, no run

3.3

Silva to Mandal, no run

3.4

Silva to Mandal, no run

3.5

Silva to Mandal, no run, pushed to mid-on

,long-on and square-leg the boundary fielders

3.6

Silva to Mandal, no run, end of a probing over

End of over 4 (maiden) Nepal 11/2 (123 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 2.75, RRR: 2.67)

    • AK Mandal 1 (14b)
    • P Khadka 4 (1b 1x4)
    • EHSN Silva 2-1-1-0
    • AM Guruge 2-0-10-1
4.1

Guruge to Khadka, no run, on a length, aimed at the top of off, defended

4.2

Guruge to Khadka, no run, over the wicket and angling away, left alone

4.3

Guruge to Khadka, no run, hustled through wider, left alone

4.4

Guruge to Khadka, no run, blocked back to the bowler, ball well up to the bat

4.5

Guruge to Khadka, no run, pitched up, Paras drives, not perfect timing and mid-off fields comnfortably

4.6

Guruge to Khadka, no run, batsman watchful in defense, end of a good over

4.6

Guruge to Khadka, no run, batsman watchful in defense, end of a good over

End of over 5 (maiden) Nepal 11/2 (123 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 2.20, RRR: 2.73)

    • P Khadka 4 (7b 1x4)
    • AK Mandal 1 (14b)
    • AM Guruge 3-1-10-1
    • EHSN Silva 2-1-1-0
5.1

Silva to Mandal, no run

5.2

Silva to Mandal, no run

5.3

Silva to Mandal, no run

5.4

Silva to Mandal, no run

5.5

Silva to Mandal, no run

5.6

Silva to Mandal, no run, Three maidens in a row, in this game of cat and mouse

End of over 6 (maiden) Nepal 11/2 (123 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 1.83, RRR: 2.79)

    • AK Mandal 1 (20b)
    • P Khadka 4 (7b 1x4)
    • EHSN Silva 3-2-1-0
    • AM Guruge 3-1-10-1
6.1

Guruge to Khadka, no run, short, Paras cuts, well-fielded on the bounce by Khurram Khan at gully

6.2

Guruge to Khadka, no run, good pace from the left-armer

6.3

Guruge to Khadka, OUT, even faster from the bowler, Paras late on the drive as the ball jumps up, and it cues up into the hands of mid-on. Big wicket

P Khadka c Shaiman Anwar b Guruge 4 (10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

6.4

Guruge to Mandal, no run, defended back to the bowler

6.5

Guruge to Mandal, no run, bowler thought he had his man, the ball zipping past the outside edge, not out

6.6

Guruge to Mandal, no run, wicket maiden, four scoreless overs from Nepal, and UAE right back in this match

End of over 7 (wicket maiden) Nepal 11/3 (123 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 1.57, RRR: 2.86)

    • AK Mandal 1 (23b)
    • S Vesawkar 0 (0b)
    • AM Guruge 4-2-10-2
    • EHSN Silva 3-2-1-0
7.1

Silva to Vesawkar, no run

7.2

Silva to Vesawkar, no run, Sharad goes back, flirting with danger, gets bat on ball

7.3

Silva to Vesawkar, no run

7.4

Silva to Vesawkar, no run, spins away off a length and beats the groping bat

7.5

Silva to Vesawkar, no run

7.6

Silva to Vesawkar, no run, fifth maiden in succession by UAE. They're bowling way better than they batted.

Lots of time for Nepal, they're only chasing 133 but they're going to want to assert themselves soon or UAE are going to totally smother them

End of over 8 (maiden) Nepal 11/3 (123 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 1.37, RRR: 2.92)

    • S Vesawkar 0 (6b)
    • AK Mandal 1 (23b)
    • EHSN Silva 4-3-1-0
    • AM Guruge 4-2-10-2
8.1

Guruge to Mandal, no run

8.2

Guruge to Mandal, no run, on a length and comes forward to defend

8.3

Guruge to Mandal, 2 runs, strays to leg, batsman takes two

8.4

Guruge to Mandal, no run, slower delivery, whether by design or injury, we'll have to see, defended

8.5

Guruge to Mandal, no run

Bowler indeed receiving some treatment, looks like its a hamstring strain

Lots of admin happening on the field, players being trated, Saqib Ali comes on after being off since the start of the Nepali innings, umpires conferring and making notes, looks like something quite serious is concerning them. UAE milling around, batsmen chatting. We'll bring you play as it soon it resumes!

8.6

Guruge to Mandal, no run

End of over 9 (2 runs) Nepal 13/3 (121 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 1.44, RRR: 2.95)

    • AK Mandal 3 (29b)
    • S Vesawkar 0 (6b)
    • AM Guruge 5-2-12-2
    • EHSN Silva 4-3-1-0
9.1

Silva to Vesawkar, 1 run, Sharad drives to mid-off and pinches a quick single

9.2

Silva to Mandal, no run

9.3

Silva to Mandal, no run

9.4

Silva to Mandal, 1 run

9.5

Silva to Vesawkar, no run

9.6

Silva to Vesawkar, no run

Fayyaz Ahmed replaces Manjula Guruge at the Club End

End of over 10 (2 runs) Nepal 15/3 (119 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 1.50, RRR: 2.97)

    • S Vesawkar 1 (9b)
    • AK Mandal 4 (32b)
    • EHSN Silva 5-3-3-0
    • AM Guruge 5-2-12-2
10.1

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mandal, no run

10.2

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mandal, 1 no ball, oversteps so next ball's a FREE HIT

10.2

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mandal, 1 run, swung round to the man on the square leg boundary who catches but only the run taken matters

10.3

Fayyaz Ahmed to Vesawkar, no run

10.4

Fayyaz Ahmed to Vesawkar, no run

10.5

Fayyaz Ahmed to Vesawkar, no run, crafty! Ball spins in sharply, Sharad defends, almost beaten, bowler throws his hands in the air as he looks to the heavens (which are beating down at 39 degrees on him)

10.5

Fayyaz Ahmed to Vesawkar, no run, crafty! Ball spins in sharply, Sharad defends, almost beaten, bowler throws his hands in the air as he looks to the heavens (which are beating down at 39 degrees on him)

10.5

Fayyaz Ahmed to Vesawkar, no run, crafty! Ball spins in sharply, Sharad defends, almost beaten, bowler throws his hands in the air as he looks to the heavens (which are beating down at 39 degrees on him)

10.6

Fayyaz Ahmed to Vesawkar, no run

End of over 11 (2 runs) Nepal 17/3 (117 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 1.54, RRR: 3.00)

    • S Vesawkar 1 (13b)
    • AK Mandal 5 (35b)
    • Fayyaz Ahmed 1-0-2-0
    • EHSN Silva 5-3-3-0
11.1

Silva to Mandal, no run

11.2

Silva to Mandal, no run

11.3

Silva to Mandal, no run

11.4

Silva to Mandal, 1 run

11.5

Silva to Vesawkar, no run

11.6

Silva to Vesawkar, no run

Nepal settling down a little, the runs are trickling in, more importantly the wickets have stopped tumbling. UAE still well on top

End of over 12 (1 run) Nepal 18/3 (116 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 1.50, RRR: 3.05)

    • S Vesawkar 1 (15b)
    • AK Mandal 6 (39b)
    • EHSN Silva 6-3-4-0
    • Fayyaz Ahmed 1-0-2-0
12.1

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mandal, no run

12.2

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mandal, 1 run

12.3

Fayyaz Ahmed to Vesawkar, 1 run

12.4

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mandal, no run

12.5

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mandal, no run, tossed up higher and slower, its his doosra

And it looks like he's been picked up on it, Umpire Riaz Chaudhry comes over for a word. (Fayyaz Ahmed's doosra was suspected of being a 'throw' earlier in the year)

12.6

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mandal, no run

End of over 13 (2 runs) Nepal 20/3 (114 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 1.53, RRR: 3.08)

    • AK Mandal 7 (44b)
    • S Vesawkar 2 (16b)
    • Fayyaz Ahmed 2-0-4-0
    • EHSN Silva 6-3-4-0
13.1

Silva to Vesawkar, no run

13.2

Silva to Vesawkar, 1 run

13.3

Silva to Mandal, no run

13.4

Silva to Mandal, no run

13.5

Silva to Mandal, no run

13.6

Silva to Mandal, no run

End of over 14 (1 run) Nepal 21/3 (113 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 1.50, RRR: 3.13)

    • AK Mandal 7 (48b)
    • S Vesawkar 3 (18b)
    • EHSN Silva 7-3-5-0
    • Fayyaz Ahmed 2-0-4-0
14.1

Fayyaz Ahmed to Vesawkar, no run

14.2

Fayyaz Ahmed to Vesawkar, no run

14.3

Fayyaz Ahmed to Vesawkar, no run

14.4

Fayyaz Ahmed to Vesawkar, no run

14.5

Fayyaz Ahmed to Vesawkar, 1 run

14.6

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mandal, (no ball) 1 run

Sharad in a white sun-hat in place of his helmet now, Nepal just playing for survival. UAE tap-tapping away like woodpeckers in a forest

14.6

Fayyaz Ahmed to Vesawkar, no run

End of over 15 (3 runs) Nepal 24/3 (110 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 1.60, RRR: 3.14)

    • S Vesawkar 4 (24b)
    • AK Mandal 8 (49b)
    • Fayyaz Ahmed 3-0-7-0
    • EHSN Silva 7-3-5-0

Anil Mandal's particularly not one who likes being tied down. Something's going to give

15.1

Silva to Mandal, no run

15.2

Silva to Mandal, no run

15.3

Silva to Mandal, no run

15.4

Silva to Mandal, no run

15.5

Silva to Mandal, no run

15.6

Silva to Mandal, 2 runs, firm drive, but hauled in 5 yards inside the midwicket boundary. Nepal have not scored a boundary in 13 overs

Arshad Ali on in place of Fayyaz Ahmed 3-0-7-0 at the Club End

End of over 16 (2 runs) Nepal 26/3 (108 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 1.62, RRR: 3.17)

    • AK Mandal 10 (55b)
    • S Vesawkar 4 (24b)
    • EHSN Silva 8-3-7-0
    • Fayyaz Ahmed 3-0-7-0
16.1

Arshad Ali to Vesawkar, 1 run

16.2

Arshad Ali to Mandal, no run

16.3

Arshad Ali to Mandal, no run

16.4

Arshad Ali to Mandal, no run

16.5

Arshad Ali to Mandal, no run

16.6

Arshad Ali to Mandal, no run, Arshad Ali, barrel-chested and firing the ball in flat, as hard to get away as the others so far

End of over 17 (1 run) Nepal 27/3 (107 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 1.58, RRR: 3.24)

    • AK Mandal 10 (60b)
    • S Vesawkar 5 (25b)
    • Arshad Ali 1-0-1-0
    • EHSN Silva 8-3-7-0
17.1

Silva to Vesawkar, no run

17.2

Silva to Vesawkar, no run

17.3

Silva to Vesawkar, no run

17.4

Silva to Vesawkar, 2 runs, rare loose one from Shadeep, short and wide and Sharad cuts but not powerfully enough to find the boundary

17.5

Silva to Vesawkar, no run

17.6

Silva to Vesawkar, no run

What's in Nepal's favour is that as slow as they are now, the required run-rate is still manageable.

End of over 18 (2 runs) Nepal 29/3 (105 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 1.61, RRR: 3.28)

    • S Vesawkar 7 (31b)
    • AK Mandal 10 (60b)
    • EHSN Silva 9-3-9-0
    • Arshad Ali 1-0-1-0
18.1

Arshad Ali to Mandal, no run

18.2

Arshad Ali to Mandal, no run, tossed up wider, Mandal flashes and is most likely dropped by the 'keeper. Arshad has his head in his hands

18.3

Arshad Ali to Mandal, no run

18.4

Arshad Ali to Mandal, no run, cuts, misses, Arshad's hands up in the air

18.5

Arshad Ali to Mandal, no run

18.6

Arshad Ali to Mandal, no run, half-tracker but gets away with it! Anil Mandal finds the fielder at backward-square leg

Match State: Drinks

End of over 19 (maiden) Nepal 29/3 (105 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 1.52, RRR: 3.38)

    • AK Mandal 10 (66b)
    • S Vesawkar 7 (31b)
    • Arshad Ali 2-1-1-0
    • EHSN Silva 9-3-9-0
19.1

Silva to Vesawkar, no run

19.2

Silva to Vesawkar, FOUR, 98 balls after the previous boundary, Nepal get another one! Driven sweetly on bended knee through cover, tradfemark Sharad stroke

19.3

Silva to Vesawkar, no run

19.4

Silva to Vesawkar, no run

19.5

Silva to Vesawkar, no run

19.6

Silva to Vesawkar, no run

End of Shadeep's spell, he's bowled as well as ever, done the job for his team

End of over 20 (4 runs) Nepal 33/3 (101 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 1.65, RRR: 3.36)

    • S Vesawkar 11 (37b 1x4)
    • AK Mandal 10 (66b)
    • EHSN Silva 10-3-13-0
    • Arshad Ali 2-1-1-0
20.1

Arshad Ali to Mandal, 1 run, pitched up, driven through cover

20.2

Arshad Ali to Vesawkar, 1 run, tucked away backward of point

20.3

Arshad Ali to Mandal, no run

20.4

Arshad Ali to Mandal, no run

20.5

Arshad Ali to Mandal, no run

20.6

Arshad Ali to Mandal, no run, leans back to blast, finds mid-on without timing it

New bowler at the Pavilion End is UAE captain, the fourth spinner on show so far this innings, Khurram Khan

End of over 21 (2 runs) Nepal 35/3 (99 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 1.66, RRR: 3.41)

    • AK Mandal 11 (71b)
    • S Vesawkar 12 (38b 1x4)
    • Arshad Ali 3-1-3-0
    • EHSN Silva 10-3-13-0
21.1

Khurram Khan to Vesawkar, no run

21.2

Khurram Khan to Vesawkar, no run

21.3

Khurram Khan to Vesawkar, 1 run

21.4

Khurram Khan to Mandal, 2 runs

21.5

Khurram Khan to Mandal, no run

21.6

Khurram Khan to Mandal, FOUR, Pitched up, and that Mandal hammer finally hits the nail, slammed one bounce to the long-on boundary

21.6

Khurram Khan to Mandal, FOUR, Pitched up, and that Mandal hammer finally hits the nail, slammed one bounce to the long-on boundary

End of over 22 (7 runs) Nepal 42/3 (92 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 1.90, RRR: 3.28)

    • AK Mandal 17 (74b 1x4)
    • S Vesawkar 13 (41b 1x4)
    • Khurram Khan 1-0-7-0
    • Arshad Ali 3-1-3-0
22.1

Arshad Ali to Vesawkar, no run

22.2

Arshad Ali to Vesawkar, no run

22.3

Arshad Ali to Vesawkar, no run

22.4

Arshad Ali to Vesawkar, no run

22.5

Arshad Ali to Vesawkar, 1 run

22.6

Arshad Ali to Mandal, no run

Arshad hustling through his overs, keeping things tight. Nepal. Run-rate still manageable but its climbing

End of over 23 (1 run) Nepal 43/3 (91 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 1.86, RRR: 3.37)

    • AK Mandal 17 (75b 1x4)
    • S Vesawkar 14 (46b 1x4)
    • Arshad Ali 4-1-4-0
    • Khurram Khan 1-0-7-0

New bowler, replacing Khurram Khan at the Pavilion End is Saqib Ali

23.1

Saqib Ali to Vesawkar, 1 run

23.2

Saqib Ali to Mandal, 1 run, pulls across the line, and gets an under-edge to mid-wicket. Risky stroke

23.3

Saqib Ali to Vesawkar, no run

23.4

Saqib Ali to Vesawkar, no run

23.5

Saqib Ali to Vesawkar, 1 run

23.6

Saqib Ali to Mandal, 1 run

End of over 24 (4 runs) Nepal 47/3 (87 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 1.95, RRR: 3.34)

    • AK Mandal 19 (77b 1x4)
    • S Vesawkar 16 (50b 1x4)
    • Saqib Ali 1-0-4-0
    • Arshad Ali 4-1-4-0
24.1

Arshad Ali to Mandal, 1 run, Another heave across the line, and an inside edge gathers one run.

24.2

Arshad Ali to Vesawkar, OUT, the thinnest of edges, playing back, stopping his shot and the 'keeper's overjoyed

S Vesawkar c †Abdul Shakoor b Arshad Ali 16 (51b 1x4 0x6) SR: 31.37

New batsman's the rising star Pradeep Airee. Counter-attack written all over his broad shoulders

24.3

Arshad Ali to Airee, no run, Well-forward, defending his first ball

Just one fielder on the boundary at this stage

24.4

Arshad Ali to Airee, no run

24.5

Arshad Ali to Airee, no run, left alone outside off, the ball just misses the off-peg

24.6

Arshad Ali to Airee, no run

Half-way stage, UAE not much runs to play with and Nepal will be keen to build some momentum. Game very much in the balance

End of over 25 (1 run) Nepal 48/4 (86 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 1.92, RRR: 3.44)

    • PS Airee 0 (4b)
    • AK Mandal 20 (78b 1x4)
    • Arshad Ali 5-1-5-1
    • Saqib Ali 1-0-4-0

Fayyaz Ahmed back, from the Pavilion End this time

25.1

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mandal, no run

25.2

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mandal, 2 runs, goes for a big one, lofted high and straight, lands between mid-off and long-on

25.3

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mandal, no run

25.4

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mandal, no run

Crowd of about 40 Nepali fans gathered in the stands, numbers increasing as the day goes on.

25.5

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mandal, 1 run

25.6

Fayyaz Ahmed to Airee, SIX, tossed up and Pradeep, right to the pitch, hoists it way over the long-off boundary. Stroke of the day so far

End of over 26 (9 runs) Nepal 57/4 (77 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 2.19, RRR: 3.20)

    • PS Airee 6 (5b 1x6)
    • AK Mandal 23 (83b 1x4)
    • Fayyaz Ahmed 4-0-16-0
    • Arshad Ali 5-1-5-1
26.1

Arshad Ali to Mandal, 1 run

26.2

Arshad Ali to Airee, no run

26.3

Arshad Ali to Airee, no run

26.4

Arshad Ali to Airee, 1 run

26.5

Arshad Ali to Mandal, 1 run

26.6

Arshad Ali to Airee, no run

End of over 27 (3 runs) Nepal 60/4 (74 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 2.22, RRR: 3.21)

    • PS Airee 7 (9b 1x6)
    • AK Mandal 25 (85b 1x4)
    • Arshad Ali 6-1-8-1
    • Fayyaz Ahmed 4-0-16-0
27.1

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mandal, no run

27.2

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mandal, no run

27.3

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mandal, no run, pops up off the face of the bat, in the air for a while but beats the 'keeper running round to where silly point would have been

27.4

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mandal, 1 run, uses his feet well to manufacture a half-volley and drives it crisply to long-off

27.5

Fayyaz Ahmed to Airee, no run

27.6

Fayyaz Ahmed to Airee, no run

Nepal just wresting the game back their way at the moment

End of over 28 (1 run) Nepal 61/4 (73 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 2.17, RRR: 3.31)

    • PS Airee 7 (11b 1x6)
    • AK Mandal 26 (89b 1x4)
    • Fayyaz Ahmed 5-0-17-0
    • Arshad Ali 6-1-8-1

Another spinner on, Azam on in place of Arshad Ali 6-1-8-1 at the Club End

28.1

Mohammad Azam to Mandal, no run, defended

28.2

Mohammad Azam to Mandal, 1 wide, down the leg side

28.2

Mohammad Azam to Mandal, 1 run

28.3

Mohammad Azam to Airee, no run, three men out on the boundary, long-off, long-on and midwicket. Everybody else saving one

28.4

Mohammad Azam to Airee, 1 run

28.5

Mohammad Azam to Mandal, no run

28.6

Mohammad Azam to Mandal, 1 run

End of over 29 (4 runs) Nepal 65/4 (69 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 2.24, RRR: 3.28)

    • AK Mandal 28 (93b 1x4)
    • PS Airee 8 (13b 1x6)
    • Mohammad Azam 1-0-4-0
    • Fayyaz Ahmed 5-0-17-0
29.1

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mandal, FOUR, Anil the only batsman to use his feet today, drives beautifully through long-off, fielder Shadeep Silva (not picked for his flelding) makes a hash of it. Latest stroke of the day

29.2

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mandal, no run

29.3

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mandal, 1 run

29.4

Fayyaz Ahmed to Airee, SIX, "The KP of Nepal" says Obaid Hameed the scorer next to me, Pradeep just launches that well pitched-up delivery, shimmying on to the pitch of the ball, into the upper deck of the Sharjah Pavilion. (Latest stroke of the day)

29.5

Fayyaz Ahmed to Airee, no run

29.6

Fayyaz Ahmed to Airee, no run

End of over 30 (11 runs) Nepal 76/4 (58 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 2.53, RRR: 2.90)

    • PS Airee 14 (16b 2x6)
    • AK Mandal 33 (96b 2x4)
    • Fayyaz Ahmed 6-0-28-0
    • Mohammad Azam 1-0-4-0

UAE captain Khurram Khan back on, from the Club End this time, game slipping away from UAE at the moment.

30.1

Khurram Khan to Mandal, 1 run, driven to the off-side, with timing

30.2

Khurram Khan to Airee, 1 run

30.3

Khurram Khan to Mandal, no run

30.4

Khurram Khan to Mandal, no run

30.5

Khurram Khan to Mandal, no run

30.6

Khurram Khan to Mandal, no run, defended back to the bowler, no room to play a stroke

Two off the over, Nepal need another 56 off the last 19 overs at just under 3 an over

End of over 31 (2 runs) Nepal 78/4 (56 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 2.51, RRR: 2.94)

    • AK Mandal 34 (101b 2x4)
    • PS Airee 15 (17b 2x6)
    • Khurram Khan 2-0-9-0
    • Fayyaz Ahmed 6-0-28-0

Rohan Mustafa, the seventh spinner of the day on

31.1

Rohan Mustafa to Airee, 1 run, stroked away to midwicket

31.2

Rohan Mustafa to Mandal, FOUR, slog-swung-swept away to the midwicket boundary, ball on bat was a thumping sound

31.3

Rohan Mustafa to Mandal, 1 run

31.4

Rohan Mustafa to Airee, 1 run

31.5

Rohan Mustafa to Mandal, 1 run

31.6

Rohan Mustafa to Airee, no run, bowler fields the firm drive

Most productive over of the Nepali innings so far

End of over 32 (8 runs) Nepal 86/4 (48 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 2.68, RRR: 2.66)

    • PS Airee 17 (20b 2x6)
    • AK Mandal 40 (104b 3x4)
    • Rohan Mustafa 1-0-8-0
    • Khurram Khan 2-0-9-0
32.1

Khurram Khan to Mandal, no run, played back, a little uppishly but not enough carry to reach the bowler

32.2

Khurram Khan to Mandal, FOUR, down the track to thunder a drive to long on, fielder beaten moving to his left

32.3

Khurram Khan to Mandal, 1 run, moves on to within touching distance of 50

32.4

Khurram Khan to Airee, no run

32.5

Khurram Khan to Airee, no run

32.6

Khurram Khan to Airee, no run, soft hands in defense to go with the big blasts in attack

It's about wickets now, UAE need them if they're to have any hope of stopping Nepal in this victory push

End of over 33 (5 runs) Nepal 91/4 (43 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 2.75, RRR: 2.52)

    • PS Airee 17 (23b 2x6)
    • AK Mandal 45 (107b 4x4)
    • Khurram Khan 3-0-14-0
    • Rohan Mustafa 1-0-8-0

Guruge back on, Pavilion End this time. Can he whip a few out?

33.1

Guruge to Mandal, 2 runs, driven hard to long-on, mid-on no chance of stopping it, even though he only had three yards to mive

33.2

Guruge to Mandal, 1 run

33.3

Guruge to Airee, OUT, pitched up, angled away, Pradeep mistimes his drive, goes high in the air without much distance to the bucket hands of Saqib Ali at mid-off. Big wicket.

PS Airee c Saqib Ali b Guruge 17 (24b 0x4 2x6) SR: 70.83

Shakti Gauchan the new batsman. Seven fingers on the Man of the Match award already

33.4

Guruge to Mandal, no run

33.5

Guruge to Mandal, 1 run, moves to 49

33.6

Guruge to Gauchan, no run, comes forward, not quite to the pitch and the ball is in the air, mid-off diving forward can't reach it

Anil Mandal's the key to this match now

End of over 34 (4 runs) Nepal 95/5 (39 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 2.79, RRR: 2.43)

    • SP Gauchan 0 (1b)
    • AK Mandal 49 (111b 4x4)
    • AM Guruge 6-2-16-3
    • Khurram Khan 3-0-14-0
34.1

Khurram Khan to Mandal, no run

34.2

Khurram Khan to Mandal, no run

34.3

Khurram Khan to Mandal, no run

34.4

Khurram Khan to Mandal, 1 run, driven in the air, past the diving Khurram's left hand, not quite a chance, and that's a good 50

34.5

Khurram Khan to Gauchan, no run

34.6

Khurram Khan to Gauchan, no run

End of over 35 (1 run) Nepal 96/5 (38 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 2.74, RRR: 2.53)

    • SP Gauchan 0 (3b)
    • AK Mandal 50 (115b 4x4)
    • Khurram Khan 4-0-15-0
    • AM Guruge 6-2-16-3
35.1

Guruge to Mandal, 2 runs, walking down the wicket as the ball is being bowled, attempted yorker by the bowler, jammed down to fine leg by the batsman, and they scamper 2

35.2

Guruge to Mandal, no run

35.3

Guruge to Mandal, 1 no ball, an overstep no ball and that's a FREE HIT coming up

35.3

Guruge to Mandal, 1 run, pitched up and down on one knee to drive hard, but straight to long-off

35.4

Guruge to Gauchan, no run

35.5

Guruge to Gauchan, 1 run, 100 up, should all be downhill from now on

35.6

Guruge to Mandal, 1 run

End of over 36 (6 runs) Nepal 102/5 (32 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 2.83, RRR: 2.28)

    • AK Mandal 54 (120b 4x4)
    • SP Gauchan 1 (5b)
    • AM Guruge 7-2-22-3
    • Khurram Khan 4-0-15-0
36.1

Khurram Khan to Mandal, no run

36.2

Khurram Khan to Mandal, 2 runs, excellent running, taking advantage of an opportunity given by the fielder

36.3

Khurram Khan to Mandal, FOUR, swept hard backward of square, cheers from the Nepali fans in the crowd

36.4

Khurram Khan to Mandal, 1 run

36.5

Khurram Khan to Gauchan, no run

36.6

Khurram Khan to Gauchan, no run

Match State: Drinks

End of over 37 (7 runs) Nepal 109/5 (25 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 2.94, RRR: 1.92)

    • SP Gauchan 1 (7b)
    • AK Mandal 61 (124b 5x4)
    • Khurram Khan 5-0-22-0
    • AM Guruge 7-2-22-3
37.1

Guruge to Mandal, no run, seeing the ball hugely now, stands tall to drive a half-volley to mid-on, no run but confident stroke

37.2

Guruge to Mandal, no run, pitched up on off and driven hard but to the man at point

37.3

Guruge to Mandal, 1 run, tossed up, slower delivery, driven to long-on

37.4

Guruge to Gauchan, 1 run, another slower delivery, full-toss, turned to square leg

37.5

Guruge to Mandal, 1 run

37.6

Guruge to Gauchan, no run

End of over 38 (3 runs) Nepal 112/5 (22 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 2.94, RRR: 1.83)

    • SP Gauchan 2 (9b)
    • AK Mandal 63 (128b 5x4)
    • AM Guruge 8-2-25-3
    • Khurram Khan 5-0-22-0

Arshad Ali back on at the Pavilion End for his seventh over. Can be a golden arm

38.1

Arshad Ali to Mandal, OUT, And he strikes! Mandal has a big heave, if he'd connected the ball would have left the stadium, he got the top edge though and point pouches. BIG wicket

AK Mandal c Mohammad Azam b Arshad Ali 63 (129b 5x4 0x6) SR: 48.83

Prithu Baskota, old head on young shoulders, the new man

38.2

Arshad Ali to Gauchan, no run, defended

38.3

Arshad Ali to Gauchan, no run

38.4

Arshad Ali to Gauchan, no run

38.5

Arshad Ali to Gauchan, no run, firm forward defensive, drops three yards short of cover

38.6

Arshad Ali to Gauchan, no run

End of over 39 (wicket maiden) Nepal 112/6 (22 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 2.87, RRR: 2.00)

    • SP Gauchan 2 (14b)
    • 0 (0b)
    • Arshad Ali 7-2-8-2
    • AM Guruge 8-2-25-3

Khurram on at the Pavilion End, for his third spell.

39.1

Khurram Khan to , no run, defended, soft hands

39.2

Khurram Khan to , no run

39.3

Khurram Khan to , no run

39.4

Khurram Khan to , no run

39.5

Khurram Khan to , no run, textbook forward defensives so far

39.6

Khurram Khan to , no run, Another maiden

No runs off the last 13 balls

End of over 40 (maiden) Nepal 112/6 (22 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 2.80, RRR: 2.20)

    • 0 (6b)
    • SP Gauchan 2 (14b)
    • Khurram Khan 6-1-22-0
    • Arshad Ali 7-2-8-2
40.1

Arshad Ali to Gauchan, no run, tries that top-spinner, too wide this time

40.2

Arshad Ali to Gauchan, no run

40.3

Arshad Ali to Gauchan, 1 run

40.4

Arshad Ali to , no run

40.5

Arshad Ali to , no run

40.6

Arshad Ali to , no run, just one off the over and its getting tight. One good over either side and the game's decided

End of over 41 (1 run) Nepal 113/6 (21 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 2.75, RRR: 2.33)

    • 0 (9b)
    • SP Gauchan 3 (17b)
    • Arshad Ali 8-2-9-2
    • Khurram Khan 6-1-22-0
41.1

Khurram Khan to Gauchan, no run

41.2

Khurram Khan to Gauchan, 1 run, Or Nepal can do it in singles, three runs off the last 21 deliveries

41.3

Khurram Khan to , 2 runs, first shot of aggression from the young man

41.4

Khurram Khan to , FOUR, streaky! Gets away with it, one hand comes off the bat as he attempts to heave a length ball over midwicket, just enough on it to beat the fielder and reach the rope

41.5

Khurram Khan to , 2 runs, classy drive to mid-off

41.6

Khurram Khan to , no run, soft hands back to the bowler

That was that good over that Nepal wanted

End of over 42 (9 runs) Nepal 122/6 (12 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 2.90, RRR: 1.50)

    • 8 (13b 1x4)
    • SP Gauchan 4 (19b)
    • Khurram Khan 7-1-31-0
    • Arshad Ali 8-2-9-2
42.1

Arshad Ali to Gauchan, no run

42.2

Arshad Ali to Gauchan, no run, Arshad Ali's topspinners finding bounce but no half-chances are going to hand for UAE

42.3

Arshad Ali to Gauchan, no run

42.4

Arshad Ali to Gauchan, 1 run

42.5

Arshad Ali to , no run

42.6

Arshad Ali to , FOUR, gets down low to cut a ball off his stumps backward of point, fine stroke

End of over 43 (5 runs) Nepal 127/6 (7 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 2.95, RRR: 1.00)

    • 12 (15b 2x4)
    • SP Gauchan 5 (23b)
    • Arshad Ali 9-2-14-2
    • Khurram Khan 7-1-31-0
43.1

Fayyaz Ahmed to Gauchan, 1 run

43.2

Fayyaz Ahmed to , no run

43.3

Fayyaz Ahmed to , no run

43.4

Fayyaz Ahmed to , 1 run, tight single, run-out chance, but point can't pick up cleanly

43.5

Fayyaz Ahmed to Gauchan, no run

43.6

Fayyaz Ahmed to Gauchan, no run

End of over 44 (2 runs) Nepal 129/6 (5 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 2.93, RRR: 0.83)

    • SP Gauchan 6 (26b)
    • 13 (18b 2x4)
    • Fayyaz Ahmed 7-0-30-0
    • Arshad Ali 9-2-14-2
44.1

Arshad Ali to , no run

44.2

Arshad Ali to , 2 runs, nudged down to third man, from below his chin, the fielder inside the circle gives chase

44.3

Arshad Ali to , no run

44.4

Arshad Ali to , no run

44.5

Arshad Ali to , no run

44.6

Arshad Ali to , no run, Bowled well, has Arshad, nothing loose and decent threat, just didn't have enough runs to play with

End of over 45 (2 runs) Nepal 131/6 (3 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 2.91, RRR: 0.60)

    • 15 (24b 2x4)
    • SP Gauchan 6 (26b)
    • Arshad Ali 10-2-16-2
    • Fayyaz Ahmed 7-0-30-0
45.1

Fayyaz Ahmed to Gauchan, no run

45.2

Fayyaz Ahmed to Gauchan, no run

45.3

Fayyaz Ahmed to Gauchan, (no ball) 2 runs, driven through cover and those are the three runs Nepal need to get over the line.

Excellent performance by Nepal's bowlers to put them in a winning position. UAE's bowlers responded well themselves but with only 133 runs to defend, everything would have had to have gone their way. A fine innings by Anil Mandal played a big part in Nepal's successful run-chase. On this form, Nepal have the bowlers to go a long way in this event. Our congratulations to them, they have a couple of days off until their next match against Kuwait on Saturday. Thanks for logging on, join us again tomorrow for the second day of this year's ACC Trophy Elite, when we'll be online from 0530hrs GMT.

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