Nepal in last over thriller lost their first match of
ICC World Cricket League Championship against Scotland by a narrow margin of
three runs in the match held at Cambusdoon New
Ground, Ayr on Wednesday.
Nepal needed 17 runs in the last over of the match but
lost their set batsman Anil Mandal who made 97 runs in the very first ball.
Malla missed by three runs to become the first player to score century in List
A match for Nepal. Som Pal Kami scored a six and four in the last over but that
was not enough to book Nepal their first victory in World Cricket League
Nepal had a slow start with Mandal and Mahesh Chhetri
who made 21 runs from 29 balls adding 44 runs for the first wicket in the 11
Nepal had Everest to climb when their vice-captain and
middle order batsman Gyanendra came to bat in 12th over of the
match. But Gyanendra who was looking solid with bat lost his wicket making 18
runs in 18 overs when team score was 76 runs.
Then came Captain Paras Khadka to bat after having one
of the forgettable batting performance in ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers. Paras
along with Mandal build the partnership and also accelerated the run rate. Khadka
added 139 runs in 16.4 overs with 8.34 runs per over for third wicket to take
Nepal near to win.
But Captain Khadka was out making 77 runs from 57 runs
with five fours and two sixes. Mandal who came to batting at opening played 90 ball for
his 97 runs with eight fours and a six.
Earlier In a match that was reduced to 36 overs a
side, Scotland rode on a century stand from skipper Preston Mommsen and Con de
Lange to huge score of 235 losing their seven wickets.
Scotland got off to a decent start with openers George
Munsey who made 19 runs and Kyle Coetzer putting on 41 runs in the first seven overs.
Coetzer played a decent knock guiding the Scots to triple figures but by that
time Nepal had already take five wickets reducing the hosts to 101 for 5 in 21.1
However, Mommsen and De Lange defied the Nepali
attack, first playing patiently before switching gears to notch up a century partnership.
The two middle order batsmen shared 113 runs for Scotland taking the game away
Mommsen smashed four sixes and five boundaries on his
way to making 78 off 62 before falling to Sompal Kami, while De Lange
scored in a brisk pace scoring 55 not out from 41 balls with four hits to the
fence and two over the fence.
For Nepal left arm spinner Basanta Regmi and Captain Khadka took two wickets each. Regmi conceded 47 runs in his eight overs while Khadka gave away 48 runs in his seven overs. Likewise fast bowlers duo Karan KC and Som Pal Kami had a scalp conceding 37 and 52 runs respectively.
Nepal will now play against host Nation Scotland in the same venue on Friday.
Nepal VS Scotland scorecard