Nepal has lost the match against UAE by seven wickets in ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCLC) on Wednesday.
In the first leg match of the last round of WCLC played at Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, the host team won the toss and elected to field first. Nepal scored 221 runs in 50 over with the loss of six wickets.
Sharad Veswakar (not out) hit the highest 80 runs for 95 balls with five fours for Nepal. However, it was not enough for Nepal to defeat the host country. Gyanendra Malla scored 54 runs for 83 balls with six fours. Captain Paras Khadka returned to the pavilion with just 20 runs.
Zahoor Khan took two wickets with loss of 48 runs whereas Mohammed Naved, Ahmed Raza and Rohan Mustafa each took single wicket of Nepal.
With the target of 222 runs, UAE team landed on the pitch and scored 225 runs in 45.5 over with the loss of 3 wickets to defeat Nepal. Ghulam Shabbar (not out) scored highest 81 runs in 116 balls for the team with eight fours. Captain Rohan Mustafa hit 62 runs.
Sagar Lamichhane and Sharad Veswakar each took one-one wicket.
The matches between Nepal and UAE do not have any significant following their relegation to Division 2. Nepal and the UAE are in the sixth and eighth places with nine and six points respectively acquired from 12 matches each. They will meet in the second leg match on Friday at the same venue.
The encounter between Nepal and UAE, however, is a matter of pride for both teams.
Nepal is coming to the WCLC first leg match having played two practice matches against the United States and Kenya while the UAE faced Afghanistan in ICC Intercontinental Cup on Saturday.
Nepal produced mixed results in the practice matches as it lost to the US by five-wicket on Friday and defeated Kenya by six-wicket two days later.
The UAE suffered a 10-wicket loss to Afghanistan in its final match of the intercontinental cup.