jan. 28 2019
NEPAL TOUR OF UAE - ODI 3 match series level (1-1)
Rohit Paudel's fifty lifted the visitors to 242/9 before Sandeep Lamichhane and Sompal Kami shared nine wickets to bowl UAE out for just 97 in 19.3 overs in Dubai on Saturday, January 26. In scoring 55, Paudel claimed a piece of cricketing history for himself becoming, at 16 years and 146 days old, the youngest male player to score more than 50 in any international format. More crucially, his knock lifted his side from 113/5 to 242/9. Then Lamichhane, aged 18, and Kami, 22, took four and five wickets respectively to complete a fantastic 145-run win, levelling the three-match series 1-1. The day had begun relatively well for Nepal, openers Gyanendra Malla and Binod Bhandari scoring 61 runs together. But once the latter fell for 21, nicking to slip off Amir Hayat, it was a procession of wickets. Malla was the the next to fall, for 44, slapping a good length ball from Zahoor Khan straight to the man at mid-off.
Imran Haider accounted for Pawan Sarraf (8) and skipper Paras Khadka (21). UAE would have expected Nepal to roll over, but it wasn't to be as Paudel and Aarif Sheikh put on a fantastic 82-run partnership for the sixth wicket. Paudel's 58-ball knock featured seven fours as he scored 55, while Sheikh scored a more sedate 49-ball 29 before falling lbw to Haider. Paudel too was dismissed by Amir Hayat, caught by the keeper as he nicked an attempted big shot. Some cameos from Karan KC and Lamichhane helped Nepal to a respectable total. The innings began poorly for the home side, and they were reduced to 29/4 in no time, seamer Kampi getting the first four wickets to fall. He relied on variations and seam movement to get his victims.