Nepal lost against Afghanistan in its last match of the ACC Premier League 2014 which was held at Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Wednesday (May 7, 2014). Afghans beat Nepal by huge 108 runs.
However, despite losing the match, Nepal managed to stand at the third place in the league’s chart. It also qualified for the ACC Championship (Two-Day format) finishing top four alongside Afghanistan, UAE and Oman.
Nepal failed to meet the target of 237 runs, scoring only 128 runs and losing nine wickets. The match was revised to 32 overs based on the Duckworth Lewis method after the match was interrupted by rain.
Paras Khadka scored the highest with 33 runs for Nepal while Shakti Gauchan and Sompal Kami made 19 runs each.
As Nepal chose to field first after winning the toss, Afghanistan was all out for 262 runs in 49.3 overs. Opener Usman Ghani and Hashmatullah Shaidi made a half-century scoring 51 runs each while another opener Noor Ali Zadran was out for 43 runs making 98 runs in partnership with Ghani.
Shakti Gauchan and Basanta Regmi claimed three wickets each while Aarif Sheikh took two wickets for Nepal. However, their wickets went in vain after humiliating defeat against Afghanistan.
In last encounter, Nepal had defeated Afghanistan by nine wickets to secure historical victory after a decade in ICC World T20 Cup 2014 held in Bangladesh. However, Afghanistan regained its decade long domination over Nepal after defeating it in One-Day cricket.
Nepal had defeated Afghanistan by 47 runs in ACC Trophy in 2004. Since then, Nepal had been losing all its matches.
During the league, Nepal won three matches against UAE, host Malaysia and Hong Kong but lost to Oman and Afghanistan.