The ICC Academy in Dubai was the scene for a very Nepal like ODI win today, though Nepal were actually on the losing side as the hosts followed the familiar Nepal script almost to the letter.
UAE stand in captain Mohammad Naveed won the toss and put the visitors into bat. Naveed opened the bowling himself, striking early when he had Gyanendra Malla caught behind for a duck from the fourth ball of the match. Binod Bhandari was similarly dispatched for five from the first ball of the seventh over.
Sompal Kami, batting higher than usual at number four, top scored for Nepal with 30, but that was one of only four scores in double figures as they were bowled out for 113. Amir Hayat was the pick of the bowlers with 3-19.
The home team's run chase followed a pattern that would have been familiar to the large contingent of Nepal supporters in the crowd. The top order batsmen, other than a knock of 30 by Ghulam Shabber largely struggled, and with the score on 73-7, Nepal were in with a shot of an unlikely victory.
The eighth wicket pairing of Amir Hayat and Imran Haider had other ideas though, putting on an unbeaten 43 to win the game, Hayat getting the winning runs with a straight six. The sides meet in the second ODI tomorrow.
United Arab Emirates beat Nepal by 3 wickets
ICC Academy, Dubai, 25 January
Nepal 113 (33.5 overs, Amir Hayat 3-19, Mohammad Naveed 3-31)
United Arab Emirates 116-7 (32.1 overs)