Poor batting haunts Nepal in Uganda defeat
- ICC World Cricket League Division 2
Jan 17, 2015-
Nepal's poor batting was exposed when they went down by 2 runs against Uganda in the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 game in Namibia on Saturday.
Paras Khadka and his men performed well with the ball but failed to achieve the same with the bat and faltered in their pursuit of 147 runs at Affies Park in Windhoek, Namibia.
Nepali side was all out for 144 runs in the last over of the game.
Uganda mended their poor batting performance with a solid bowling display to contain Nepali batsmen cheaply and snatch a nervy victory.
Opener Subash Khakurel (32) and Naresh Budayair (16) had laid a solid platform with a 35-run opening stand but the rest of the batsmen failed to capitalise on it. Gyanendra Malla's 34 was the only bright spot in Nepali batting. Paras Khadka (5), Sharad Bheswakar (5), Binod Bhandari (1) and Sompal Kami (15) all crumbled. Henry Ssenyondo claimed three vital wickets from his 10 overs while Frank Nsubuga and Davis Karashani continued to put pressure on the Nepali run chase with two wickets each.
Losing the toss, and asked to bowl first, Khadka claimed three wickets in nine overs conceding just 14 runs at a rate of 1.55 runs per over. Basanta Regmi and pacer Sompal Kami gave a good support to the captain claiming three wickets each.
Spinner Shakti Gauchan also had one to his name. Sagar Pun and debutant Karan KC bowled with economies below five runs per over.
Brian Masaba was the top scorer for Uganda with 43 runs. He produced some fine strokes before being caught behind by wicketkeeper Subash Khakurel off Regmi’s delivery.
Nepal will meet tournament favourites the Netherlands in their second game on Sunday.
Published: 17-01-2015 15:00