Malaysia v Nepal at Kelab Aman

 

Nepal’s Govinda Karki weaving his spell in the haze against Aminuddin Ramly of Malaysia

A real dog-fight between two evenly matched teams saw Nepal just edge home against Malaysia by nine runs.

Batting first, Nepal struggled throughout against some combative Malaysian bowling. Bijay Bhattarai in particular struggled as he batted for an hour without scoring a run. Sharulnizam finally put him out of his misery as he chipped a drive of the slow left-armer to short mid-on.

The highly-rated Gyananendra Malla (42 runs off 81 deliveries) was the one Nepali batsman to look comfortable against the Malaysian attack. Nepal played steadily to finish on 141 for 6 off their 45 overs.

Malaysia were sparky and enthusiastic in the field as any team would be that has Mohamamd Kasman in it, but their performance was marred by the 21 wides they conceded. Extra runs and extra deliveries that were to cost them dearly in the final reckoning.

142 was quite gettable considering the fighting spirit that Malaysia have and their top order all made decent starts. None were able to go on and play the defining innings of the day however, and once Nepal’s spinners came on, the runs dried up on a wicket that was a little two-paced.

The required run-rate climbed to above five an over with thirteen overs left. With five wickets in hand, Malaysia would have just about fancied their chances but wickets kept falling as the batsmen hit out.

Malaysian all-rounder Saravana Raj suffered a nasty blow as he deflected the ball on to his face and had to retire hurt with just 18 runs needed off 21 deliveries. Had he been able to bat on, Malaysia would surely have come even closer than they did to Nepal’s 141.

Nepal advance to play Kuwait in the semi-finals.

Scorecard

Filed August 11 2005