Nepal canter to six-wicket win over Kenya

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- Post Report, Kathmandu

Dec 4, 2017-

Nepal go into their ICC World Cricket League Championship double header against the hosts United Arab Emirates (UAE) high on confidence as their under-strength team cantered to a six-wicket win over Kenya at the Nursery Oval Ground 2 in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

Nepal once again rested regular captain Paras Khadka and his deputy Gyanendra Malla as well as Binod Bhandari for the second 50-over friendly match in succession, while bringing in veteran Shakti Gauchan and Karan KC in place of Sompal Kami and Basanta Regmi. Nepal had lost their first friendly against the USA by five wickets two days earlier. Nepal are preparing for the seventh and final round matches against the UAE on Dec 6 and 8 having already been out of the race to earn one of the four berths for the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers.

Nepal will now play in World Cricket League Division 2 in Namibia early next year where they will have another shot at earning a place in the Qualifiers. 

On Sunday, Nepal dismissed Kenya for 110 in 32.2 overs thanks to an inspired bowling from Lalit Bhandari, who took 4-46. Opening batsman Rushab Patel top-scored for Kenya with run-a-ball 27 while his opening partner  made 13-ball 25. But rest of the Kenya squad, barring Gurdeep Singh (22), simply caved in. Star leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane also grabbed two, while KC, Sagar Pun and Aarif Sheikh claimed one wicket each.

Nepal were themselves in a dire straits losing Dilip Nath (0) and Sagar Pun (1) to be 3-2 by the second over. But stand-in captain Sharad Vesawkar and Dipendra Singh Airee ensured easy run chase, overcoming the target for the loss of four wickets in 19.5 overs. Airee clobbered seven boundaries and a six in his 35-ball 46 while Vesawkar remained unbeaten on 31 runs, hitting just three fours in his 50-ball knock.

Nelson Odhiambo took two wickets and Lucasoluoch Ndandason one for Kenya.

Summary

Nepal 111-4 in 19.5 overs (DS Airee 46, S Vesawkar 31*; N Odhiambo 2-19, L Ndandason 1-31) beat Kenya 110 in 32.2 overs (R Patel 27, A Obanda 25; L Bandari 4-46, S Lamichhane 2-5) by six wickets

Published: 04-12-2017 09:09

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