KATHMANDU — Nepal went down by 116 runs against Zimbabwe in their first match of ICC World Cup Qualifiers match on Sunday.
Chasing the huge run-target of 381 runs, Nepal could make only 264 runs in 50 over with the fall of eight wickets.
Sharad Bheswakar (52) and Aarif Sheikh (50) both scored half-centuries while skipper Paras Khadka (40) put on a notable performance as Nepal finished with 264/8 runs from their 50 overs.
Earlier, host Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to bat at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, before making a total of 380-6 in their allotted 50 overs. In reply, Nepal managed to score just 264 runs losing eight wickets in 50 overs.
Two batsmen Brendan Taylor and Sikandar Raza smashed centuries for Zimbabwe, in the match where Nepali bowlers displayed poor performance. Taylor hit 91-ball 100 that included one six and seven fours while top scorer Raza smashed 123 runs off 66 balls.
Cephas Zhuwao and Solomon Mire gave strong start to the innings making 41 and 52 runs respectively. Likewise, Craig Ervine contributed 50-ball 34 where as Hamilton Masakadza scored 17 runs facing 23 deliveries.
Sompal Kami and Basant Regmi took two wickets each for Nepal while Lalit Rajbanshi and Sandeep Lamichhane claimed one each.
Opening duo Gyanendra Malla and Dilip Nath creating nine runs partnership for the first wicket. Nath was bowled out for two runs while Vice-captain Malla contributed 59-ball 32.
Captain Paras Khadka who came to bat at third number tried to lay foundation with smashing 40 runs facing 37 deliveries while Dipendra Singh Airee contributed 23 runs.
Likewise, Rohit Kumar Poudel was other notable contributor for Nepal with 30 runs made facing 32 deliveries. Sompal Kami and Sandeep Lamichhane were unbeaten with 12 and seven runs respectively.
Nepal will now take on Scotland in their second match in the Group B on Thursday.Follow @gorkhapost
ANFA to provide Rs 50,000 each to women football player
KATHMANDU— All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) has announced to provide Rs 50,000 each to the members of Nepali women team which was successful in clinching first runner up position at the SAF U-18 Football Championship held in Bhutan.
A meeting of ANFA presided over by its Chairperson Karma Chhering Sherpa on Tuesday took the decision to this effect.
In the final match held on October 7, Bangladesh defeated Nepali team by 1-0 goal margin. Nepal had reached the final by outshining arch-rival India by 3-1 in penalty shootout.
The Nepali women football team is returning home today, ANFA informed.Follow @gorkhapost