KATHMANDU — Nepal suffered a six-wicket defeat to Oman in their second match in the ICC World Cricket League 2 held at Windhoek in Namibia on Friday.
Nepal was invited for batting first after losing the toss and made just 138 runs losing all the wickets in 46 overs in the match played in Windhoek. In reply, Oman reached to 139/4 in 35.1 overs.
Oman’s player Aqib Ilyas made highest 46 runs studded with five runs in 53 balls while VS Wategaonkar took 37 runs including one six in 71 balls and Jatinder Singh contributed 24 runs including three fours in 40 balls.
Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane took two wickets of Oman giving away 29 runs in 10 overs, Basant Regmi and Sompal Kami claimed one wicket each.
Earlier, Nepal failed to make a positive start to the innings as opening duo Gyanendra Malla and Dilip Nath were dismissed for 7 and 19 runs respectively.
Aarif Sheikh who came to bat at third number was sent to pavilion for just six runs where as Captain Paras Khadka contributed 17 runs facing 78 deliveries. Likewise, Rohit Kumar Paudel and unbeaten Sompal Kami contributed 14 and 17 runs respectively.
Sarad Vesawkar top-scored with 22 runs including two fours off 39 balls in 22 overs, Dipendra Singh Airee made 20 runs including three fours off 32 balls before being bowled out by Khawar Ali while Dilip Nath contributed 19 runs with three fours off 49 balls.
Oman’s player Kaleemullah claimed highest four wickets giving away 28 runs in 10 overs, piling pressure on Nepali side.
Similarly, Bilal Khan grabbed two wickets at the cost of 13 runs in nine overs while JA Odedra, Khawar Ali and Fiaz Bhutt made 1 wicket each.
Nepal, Oman, Namibia, Canada, UAE and Kenya – are participating in the Division Two league since Thursday.
The top two teams will qualify for the ICC World Cup Qualifiers to be held in Zimbabwe from March 4 to 25.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.