Nepal fashion four-wkt win over UAENepal overcame Associate archrivals United Arab Emirates by four wickets in the ACC Premier League at the Selangor Turf Club in Malaysia to avenge the loss at the ICC World Cup Qualifers.
All-rounder Mehboob Alam made a perfect comeback from a two-year exile, picked up three wickets as he along with Som Pal Kami (3-39) helped Nepal polished off the UAE innings for just 191 in 48.1 overs.
Subash Khakurel then slammed a gritty 71 from 91 as Nepal romped to 195-6 in 39.5 overs to complete the victory.
After Nepal’s historic qualification to the ICC World Twenty20 in November, hopes were high that the team would replicate that success in a longer 50-over format to earn a spot in the 2015 World Cup and ODI status for the next four years.
But it was not to be. The Nepali team found situations too tough to handle in New Zealand, losing all five games to finish a disappointing ninth. UAE, the eventual runners-up in the tournament, inflicted a humiliating 102-run defeat on Nepal in the opener to secure a World Cup birth.
Thursday’s convincing display has proved that Nepal are back with their best in 50-over format—a target the team had set before leaving for Malaysia.
“We have proved ourselves in Twenty20 and now its time we do it in 50 overs. We want to show the world that what happened in New Zealand was not us,” coach Pubudu Dassanayake had said before setting off on the Premier League mission.