ICC World Twenty20 Asia Qualifier, 2019: Qatar register upset win over Nepal
Qatar beat Nepal by four wickets in an upset win. (Image Courtesy: Twitter)

Qatar, who lost their first match of the ICC World Twenty20 Asia Qualifier 2019 final to Singapore by 33 runs on Monday, register a huge upset win over tournament favourites Nepal in Match 3 of the Qualifier final on Tuesday, registering a tense four-wicket win at the Indian Association Ground, Singapore.

After bundling out Nepal for 122 in their 20 overs, Qatar chased down the target with four balls to spare with opener Inam-ul-Haq top-scoring with 41 off 32 balls. No.8 batsman Nouman Sarwar’s unbeaten run-a-ball 15 and Mohammed Rizlan’s 9* off 15 helped Qatar get over the finishing line.

Nepal, batting first, got off to a decent start with openers Paras Khadka and Gyanendra Malla adding 49 for the opening wicket. But once the partnership was broken, except Dipendra Singh Airee’s labourous 34 off 35 balls was the only other significant contribution. The last six Nepal batsmen were all dismissed in single figures with Iqbal Hussain’s 3/21 taking care of the lower order.

Qatar lost opener Faisal Javed for 1 before Inam and Kamran Khan batted briskly. Karan KC got Kamran after the batsman had struck 22 off 15 with a couple of boundaries and sixes each but Imam went from strength to strength, gaining confidence with each shot. Sandeep Lamichhane inflicted damage on the Qatar middle order and finished with 3/33.

When Imam was run out, the door seemed to be shutting on Qatar, but lower order resistance from Rizlan and Sarwar guided the side home.

The Sigapore vs Kuwait game, the second of the day, was washed out.