Nepal complete big win
In the match at Tribhuvan University, Nepal batted first. Mehaboob Alam scored 61 and Sharad Vesawkar scored 79 as they reached 217/8 before declaring. Nadeem Ahmed took 5/67 from 23 overs of off-spin. Hong Kong would have been hoping to achieve a first innings lead after that bowling performance, but they look a long way away from doing that, as the Nepali bowlers ripped through their top order, leaving them on 85/7 at the close of play on day one.
Day Two saw a minor recovery from Hong Kong, but they were still dismissed for 136. Binod Das was the pick of the Nepali bowlers with 3/30. Nepal lost early wickets, but recovered to be on 188/6 at the close of play, with Paras Khadka unbeaten on 69.
Khadka continued on to 87, and Nepal declared their second innings at 223/8. Hong Kong thus had a target of 305, and they were never in the hunt. They were dismissed for 139, with eleven overs still remaining. Nepal won by 165 runs, leaving Hong Kong to wonder if picking an experimental squad for this tournament was the right thing to do.