Nepal lose yet again in Wheelchair cricket

- Sports Bureau, Kathmandu

May 17, 2019-

Nepal lose to Bangladesh by eight wickets in the Wheelchair Asia Cup cricket tournament match at the Tribhuvan University Stadium in Kirtipur on Thursday.

The defeat comes a day after the home team lost to India by six wickets. Bangladesh, meanwhile, bounced back from the eight-wicket loss to Pakistan on Wednesday. Nepal lie bottom of the four-team standings without a single point. India lead the standing with four points followed by Pakistan and Bangladesh, who have two points each from two matches.

Put into bat first, Nepal were bowled out for 148 runs in 19.1 overs with openers Digam Singh Chemjung and Homnath Rai contributing the bulk of runs. Rai scored with 36 off 30 balls with four fours while skipper Chemjung made 35 off 38 balls. Dambar Magar (19) and Bishnu Pukar Shrestha (16) were the only other batsmen to score in double figures. Muhammad Mohidul Islam took three and Mohammad Shaikh claimed one wicket for Bangladesh.

Sajjad Hossain and Jabed Ahmed laid the foundation for successful run chase for Bangladesh as the openers put on 68 runs for the first wicket. Hossain scored 31 with six fours while Ahmed slammed 38 with seven hits to the fence. Man-of-the-match Muhammad Ripon Uddin completed the chase scoring an unbeaten half century off 35 balls. Uddin hit 10 boundaries in his 35-ball innings. Skipper Chemjong and Super Rai took one wicket each for Nepal.

In another match, India won a high-scoring thriller by 17 runs against archrivals Pakistan. Batting first India posted 193-2 and restricted Pakistan for 176-5 in 20 overs. India openers Parashuram Desale and Saurabh Malik set the tone for victory putting on a massive 151 runs for the first wicket.

Man-of-the-match Desale scored an unbeaten century while Malik made a half century. Desale clobbered 21 fours in his 71-ball 109, while Malik hit 10 boundaries in his 44-ball 61. In reply, Pakistan lost Muhammad Bilal (2) and Murad Bux (2) cheaply before Sajjid Ali Abbasi and Muhammad Fiaz led a spirited fightback putting on 119-run for the third wicket.

Despite the valiant efforts from the duo Pakistan agonising fell short of the victory target. Abbasi remained unbeaten on 88, his 57-ball knock included 12 boundaries. Fiaz fell three runs short of his half century after hitting nine fours in his 32-ball knock. Saurabh Malik took while Desale and Vishwanath Gurav claimed one wicket each for India.

Published: 17-05-2019 08:36

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