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Shock in Nepal's Asia Cup journey

UAE and Oman to play Premier Cup final
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Nepal, which performed poorly, has stopped in the semi-finals of the ACC Twenty-20 Premier Cup Cricket. UAE did not have to struggle much to defeat Nepal, who batted very badly, by 6 wickets in the semi-final of the tournament held in Oman on Friday.

Shock in Nepal's Asia Cup journey

With this, Nepal's goal of playing the Asia Cup for the second consecutive time has ended. The winner of the Premier Cup will be eligible to play in the next year's Asia Cup. Last year, Nepal defeated the UAE in the final in Kathmandu and played the one-day Asia Cup.

UAE will face hosts Oman in Sunday's final. After Aqib Ilyaz scored an unbeaten 62 off 51 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes, Oman got a 5-wicket victory over Hong Kong in the second semi-final on Friday. Hong Kong's score of 130-9 was completed by Oman with 4 balls to spare. Nepal and Hong Kong will play for the third place on Saturday.

It was a low score game between Nepal and UAE. UAE scored 123 runs in 16 balls before the target of 120 runs. Alisan Sarafu remained unbeaten with 55 and Ayan Afzal Khan scored 3 runs. Player of the match Sarafu hit 4 fours and 2 sixes in 41 balls.

Opener and captain Mohammad Wasim was dismissed for 11 runs in 7 balls. In the second over, Wasim hit Sompal Kami for a six. However, Sompal bowled him in the next ball. Gulshan Jha dismissed Vishnu Sukumaran and Asif Khan. Sukumaran scored 28 off 28 balls with 3 fours and 1 six and Asif scored 10 runs off 6 balls with 1 six. Syed Haider was dismissed lbw by Lalit Rajvanshi for 14 runs.

Earlier, even though Sandeep Zora scored a half-century, Nepal, who was invited to bat after losing the toss, was stopped by the UAE with a score of 119-9. After Kushal Bhurtel was caught behind the wicketkeeper by Junaid Siddiqui on the first ball of the match, the Nepali innings was completely suppressed at Al Amerat in Muscat. Nepal could only score 21-2 in the first 5 overs and 52-4 in 10 overs.

Another opener Asif Shaikh hit a six but managed to score only 8 runs in 11 balls. Captain Rohit Paudel also could not last long. He scored only 5 runs in 18 balls. Kushal Malla scored 3 runs in 5 balls and Dipendrasingh Airey got out with 5 runs in 8 balls.

Sandeep Zora was dismissed for 50 runs. This is his third fifty in Twenty20 Internationals. He hit 4 fours and 2 sixes off 40 balls. Gulshan Jha and Karan KC were the other two scorers from Nepal. Gulshan scored 20 with 1 four and a six in 16 balls and Karan scored 17 runs in 12 balls with two sixes.

Sompal was dismissed for 2 runs. Avinash Bohra 1 and Lalit Rajvanshi remained unbeaten with 2 runs. UAE's Siddiqui, Ali Naseer and Basil Hameed took 2 wickets each. Siddiqui gave 26 runs in 4 overs, Nasir gave 28 runs in 4 overs and Hamid gave 4 runs in 2 overs. Safi Rehman, Ayan and Mohammad Farooq took 1 wicket each.

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