Qatar defeated the favorites Nepal by four wickets to keep their T20 Men's World Cup qualification hopes alive, while the game between Singapore and Kuwait was washed out.
Match 3: Nepal v Qatar
The second day of the tournament began with regional powerhouse Nepal taking on Qatar, who needed a win to keep their qualification hopes alive after Monday's loss to Singapore in the curtain-raiser. Nepal elected to bat, with Paras Khadka (28) and Gyanendra Malla (23) putting on a composed 49 for the first wicket.
Just as Nepal threatened to cut loose and accelerate, Qatar's Inam-ul-Haq removed Khadka, ensuring their momentum was stalled. Three Nepal players got starts, but none were able to kick on, and as a result they were bowled out for 122 in 19.2 overs. Iqbal Hussain was the standout bowler, picking 3/21 while Qatar captain Tamoor Sajjad supported him well with 2/14.
Nepal's bowlers put up a staunch fight. Their skill, coupled with the Qatar batsmen's chaotic running, ensured the game swung like a pendulum. Nepal, bolstered by their fans in attendance, took the game deep in to the last over. Their star leg-spinner, Sandeep Lamichhane, forced the issue with 3/33 in his four overs, ably supported by B Regmi, whose four overs came at just 14 runs.
But all the while, Inam-ul-Haq scored a composed 41 off 32 to ensure Qatar's innings was on track deep into the chase. His run-out, courtesy a fine throw from DS Airee, caused a momentary hiccup, and their troubles deepened when Airee produced another brilliant run-out six balls later to remove captain Sajjad.
But Mohammed Rizlan and Nouman Sawar kept their cool to ensure Qatar reached the target without further drama.