Nepal have levelled their ODI series against the UAE in Dubai after a 145 run win at the ICC Academy.
Paras Khadka won the toss and chose to bat first. In contrast to yesterday's first ODI when both openers were dismissed cheaply, Gyanendra Malla and Binod Bhandari put on 61 for the first wicket before Bhandari was out for 21 in the 16th over. Malla reached 44 before he was out two overs later.
However, from that start, Nepal found themselves on 113-5 when Paras Khadka fell from the last ball of the 29th over and looking set for a low score. However Rohit Paudel and Aarif Sheikh got their innings back on track with an 82 run sixth wicket partnership before the latter was out for 29.
Paudel ended up as the top scorer with 55, in the process becoming the youngest ever player to score a fifty in men's ODI cricket, beating the record held by Shahid Afridi set back in 1996. The final total for the visitors was 242-9.
The hosts didn't put up much of a fight in reply. Sompal Kami did the initial damage, taking the first four wickets, before Sandeep Lamichhane took four of the next five, the other being a run out. Lamichhane finished with 4-24 from his four overs before Kami returned to take the final wicket, finishing with 5-33.
The UAE were out for just 97, losing by 145 runs. The teams will meet in the deciding ODI on Monday ahead of a three match T20I series.
United Arab Emirates lost to Nepal by 145 runs
ICC Academy, Dubai, 26 January 2019
Nepal 242-9 (50 overs, R Paudel 55, G Malla 44, Amir Hayat 3-41, Imran Haider 3-54)
United Arab Emirates 97 (19.3 overs, Sompal Kami 5-33, S Lamichhane 4-24)