Nepal failed to made a happy start to their ACC Asia Cup qualifiers campaign as they were defeated by Malaysia by 22 runs in the first match. In the match played in Thailand today, poor batting performance led Nepal to defeat in the first match.
Losing the toss, Nepal were invited to bowl first. Nepal made good start with bowl reducing Malaysia in 15/2 in the third over. However, opener Anwar Arudin stick firm with the bat. Similaarly, Syed Aziz Syed Mubarak made unbeaten 51 runs. Sandeep Lamichhane grabbed three wickets with Abhinash Bohara getting a couple of wicket and Karan KC got one.
Chasing the target of 155, Nepal had a shaky start as Nepal lost their opener Kushal Malla in the second ball of the second inning. However, the skipper Gyanendra Malla controlled Nepal’s inning along with the vice-captain who made 38-38 runs each. After the fall of Malla and Airee, Nepal’s inning started to collapse. Pawan Sarraf was only the batsman who scored two digits runs after skipper and his deputy. The other 8 batsmen made 24 runs combined.
Now, Nepal will take on Hong Kong tomorrow.