Nepal suffers six-wicket loss to Pakistan

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Nepal suffered a six-wicket loss at the hands of Pakistan in the first match of the Emerging Teams Asia Cup at the Sheikh Kamal International Stadium in Gopalganj, Bangladesh on Monday.

Nepal struggled to 180/9 in 50 overs after being put in to bat by Pakistan that eased to victory losing just four wickets in 45.1 overs.

Nepal had earlier managed to play out 50 overs thanks largely to a sedate 45 by opener Sunil Dhamala after losing skipper Gyanendra Malla for two off 19 balls in the final over off the fifth over. Dhamala's 125-ball inning ended in the 38th over after he put up a vital 79-run fourth wicket partnership with Sharad Vesawkar who made 38 off 59 balls.

Binod Bhandari chipped in with 24 off 32 while Arif Sheikh remained unbeaten on 18 off 30 balls. Dipendra Singh Airee, who came in after the fall of second wicket, was the only batsman to cross double figures making 14 off 29 balls. Ghulam Mudassar took five wickets for Pakistan while Osama Mir chipped in with two wickets.

Chasing the modest target of 181 for victory Pakistan never look in trouble with Imam-ul Haq and Imran Butt putting on 67 runs for the first wicket. Haq, nephew of Pakistani legend Inzamam, guided his team to victory scoring an unbeaten century. He made 104 runs off 135 balls hitting nine fours.

Leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane took two wickets while skipper Malla also took a couple of wickets with his part-time leg-breaks.

Nepal will play host Bangladesh in the second match on Tuesday.

Photo Source: Raman Shiwakoti/CAN

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