Nepalese attack again runs riot
Nepal's attack were again in complete command at the Bayuemas Oval on Friday, as they bowled Uganda out for 71 to complete a comprehensive 171-run victory.
After Sunil Dhamala's destruction of Papua New Guinea on Thursday it was medium-pacers Dipesh Shrestha and Dipendra Airee, in combination with off-spinner Prem Tamang, who did most of the damage, claiming seven Ugandan wickets between them.
Shrestha picked up three in his first four overs to reduce Uganda to 8 for three, and when Aarif Sheikh and Dhamala chipped in with one apiece the total was a tremulous 13 for five and a record low was again on the cards.
Derrick Bakunzi and John Gabula engineered a partial recovery with a sixth-wicket stand worth 28 precious runs, but by the time Dakunzi fell leg-before to Airee for 18 Uganda had used 26 overs and the outcome was only a matter of time.
Now Airee and Tamang worked their way through the tail, and although Gabula remained not out on 25 the Ugandans could only get to 71 before Sheikh returned to finish it off in the 37th over.
Shrestha finished with three for 25, Airee and Tamang had two for 12 and two for 11 respectively, while Sheikh conceded just a single and had the remarkable figures of 5.2 - 4 - 1 - 2.
Earlier, Nepalese skipper Raju Rijal had posted the first century of the tournament, his 115-ball 101 the bedrock on which his side was able to reach 242 for seven in their 50 overs. He shared stands of 84 with Yogendra Karki (30) and 90 with Aarif Sheikh, and by the time he departed in the 43rd over he had seen the total up to 187 for four.
Sheikh then raised the tempo, and with admirable assistance from the lower order was able to ensure that 54 runs came from the last seven overs, setting Uganda a fairly imposing target. Sheikh himself was out for a 59-ball 54 in the penultimate over, but Rajbir Singh and Tamang added 13 from the last ten deliveries to take the total on to 242.