In a thrilling final match of the tri-nation T20 international cricket series, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) emerged victorious against the host nation, Nepal, by four wickets. The match held in Nepal lived up to its high-stakes billing, as the UAE chased down a target of 163 runs to claim the title. This victory was all the more impressive, considering that Nepal had dominated the preceding matches in the series. Here, we break down the key moments and performances that shaped this exciting encounter.
Nepal’s Competitive Batting Display:
Nepal, after losing the toss, was sent to bat first, set a competitive target of 163 runs for the UAE. Kushal Bhurtel played a pivotal role in Nepal’s innings, scoring a well-earned 50 runs. However, Ashif Sheikh’s early dismissal for 7 runs marked an early setback for the host nation. The captain, Rohit Poudel, contributed 18 runs, while Dipendra Singh Airee and Sandeep jora added 20 and 10 runs, respectively. The total was boosted by extra 15 runs contributed by UAE’s bowling.
UAE’s Impressive Chase:
The UAE’s chase was led by Mohammad Wasim’s splendid knock of 45 runs and Aryanus Sharma’s 25 runs. UAE’s innings, though, was not without its hiccups as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Bhritya Aravind scored 26 runs, Ashif Khan contributed 7, Alisan Sarraf added 13, and Ali Naseer chipped in with 11 runs. It was the collective effort of UAE’s batsmen that eventually saw them home.
While Nepal’s bowling performance left much to be desired, UAE’s bowlers showcased their mettle when it mattered most. For Nepal, Sompal Kami proved to be expensive, giving away 28 runs in his two overs without taking any wickets. Lalit Rajbanshi bowled four overs but failed to make an impact, conceding 33 runs. Karan KC, despite his 42 runs, couldn’t secure any wickets.In contrast, Gulsan Jha and Avinash Bohra managed to pick up two wickets each. Jha was particularly impressive, yielding only 19 runs in his three overs. Kushal Malla contributed with a wicket, conceding 16 runs in his three overs.
For UAE, Muhammad Jawad ullah and Junaid Siddique put in commendable bowling performances. Jawad ullah bowled four overs, conceding 31 runs, while Siddiqui took one wicket but was relatively expensive, giving away 44 runs in his four overs. However, the star of the UAE’s bowling attack was Ayan Afzal Khan, who took three crucial wickets for just 19 runs in his four overs. Ali Naseer and Zahoor Khan also made significant contributions, taking two wickets each.
Player of the Match:
Ayan Afzal Khan from the UAE was deservedly awarded the “Player of the Match” for his exceptional bowling performance. His ability played a pivotal role in the UAE’s title-clinching victory to restrict Nepal to an under-par score .
With this thrilling four-wicket victory, the UAE secured the tri-nation series title. UAE players proved their mettle when it mattered most, toppling the previously unbeaten Nepal side in a high-pressure final. This win serves as a testament to the unpredictable and exciting nature of T20 cricket, where the outcome can change in a matter of moments. The series undoubtedly provided cricket fans with some gripping and memorable moments, showcasing the immense talent and passion.