Dipendra Singh Airee and Aarif Sheikh then put on a 101-run stand for the sixth wicket to help Nepal to 188 for seven in 30 overs. (ACC Image)
Dipendra Singh Airee and Aarif Sheikh then put on a 101-run stand for the sixth wicket to help Nepal to 188 for seven in 30 overs. (ACC Image)

Nepal notched their first win of the 2018 Asia Cup Qualifiers beating Malaysia by 19 runs a turnacated 30-over-a-side match at Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.

Nepal’s win was set up by some lower-order hitting by Aarif Sheikh (64*) and Dipendra Singh Airee (54) and by the bowles led by Basant Regmi (3/36).

After being out in to bat, Nepal were in all sorts of trouble at 60 for five after Sharvin Muniandy and Syazrul Idrus put in an inspired spell of bowling for Malaysia. Airee and Sheikh then put on a 101-run stand for the sixth wicket to help Nepal to 188 for seven in 30 overs.

Idrus finished with three for 27 in his six overs while Muniandy, who was expensive in his second spell, returned three for 50 in his six.

In reply, Malaysia lost opener Shafiq Sharif for nine to Sompal Kami. The order got starts with Anwar Arudin making 34, skipper Ahmed Faiz 22, Virandeep Singh 21 and Syed Aziz adding 36 but Nepal chipped away at regular intervals.

Sandeep Lamichhane claimed two for 20 in his six while Kami managed two scalps helping Nepal restrict Malaysia to 169 for nine in 30 overs.

In other matches, Hong Kong trounced UAE by 182 runs and Oman continued their good form beating Singapore for their third straight win of the tournament.

Brief Scores: Nepal 188/7 (Aarif Sheikh 64*, Dipendra Singh Airee 54; Syazrul Idrus 3/27) beat Malaysia 169/9 (Anwar Arudin 34, Syed Aziz 34; Basnt Regmi 4/36) by 19 runs.