ICC WCL Division Three, Malaysia October 24, 2014

Uganda clinch thriller to stay unbeaten

ESPNcricinfo staff

Uganda clinched a one-run win against Singapore by defending nine runs and taking two wickets in the last over. Chasing 197, Singapore were 119 for 2, but squandered the strong start to hand Uganda their second win in a row.

Opting to bat, Uganda got an opening stand of 62 in 14 overs but they lost wickets regularly once the stand was broken. Opener Roger Mukasa top-scored with 37 off 44 and No. 3 Hamu Bagenda's 36 took them to 150. But medium-pacer Saad Janjua ran through the middle- and lower-order with four wickets, and Uganda collapsed from 150 for 4 to 196 all out.

Singapore were cruising in the chase as their top four batsmen scored 136 runs together. They were 119 for 2 in the 33rd over, after Chetan Suryawanshi's 42, but Jonathan Sebanja and Mukasa took two wickets apiece and put Singapore off track. Janjua nearly pulled it off for Singapore with a 26-ball 20 but he fell in the final over.

The left-arm spinners Basant Regmi and Shakti Gauchan, as well as the medium-pacer Amrit Bhattarai snared two wickets apiece, as Nepal crushed Bermuda by eight wickets in Kuala Lumpur to record their first win of the tournament.

Bermuda, having been inserted, were steady at 77 for 2 in the 20th over, but the run-out of their top scorer Christian Burgess (28) triggered a collapse, as the team lost their last eight wickets for just 23 runs. Bhattarai (2 for 20) and Regmi (2 for 23) wrecked Bermuda's top order before Gauchan claimed 2 for 7 from his seven overs to help bundle them out for 100 in 40.1 overs.

Nepal had little trouble reaching the paltry target. The opener Naresh Budayair fell cheaply for 6, but a 55-run stand for the second wicket between Subash Khakurel (30) and Binod Bhandari (43*) ensured they completed they waltzed home in 11.1 overs.

Fifties from Suharril Fetri and Shafiq Sharif helped Malaysia register their first win by beating USA by five wickets. Chasing 187, a stand of 96 between Fetri and Sharif took them home in the penultimate over.

USA were put in to bat and lost their openers cheaply. The innings was resurrected by Srini Santhanam (36) but progress was sluggish. Shahrulnizam Yusof and Khizar Hayat didn't let them settle down and reduced them to 124 for 7 in the 44th over with two wickets each. A 21-ball 42 from Adil Bhatti propelled them to 186 for 8.

Malaysia's openers didn't survive for too long either before captain Ahmed Faiz (32) and Fetri resisted. They lost two quick wickets after the 20th over and were soon 93 for 5 before Fetri and Sharif sealed the win.

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