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Gyanendra does it one more time in big Nepal victory

Jan 31, 2018 | Cricketingnepal |

Gyanendra Malla has does it once again. The national team opener has the knack of scoring centuries in unofficial or practice matches. On Wednesday he did it again.

Vice-captain Gyanendra scored a scintillating 154 runs from 131 deliveries, albeit in an unofficial game, that set his side for a crushing 193-run victory over the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ‘A’ in Nepal’s second practice game as they prepare for an-all important ICC World Cricket League Division 2 beginning from February 8 in Namibia.

Everyone would love when Gyanendra bats at the centre. He oozes confidence and his shots are the best one could get to see in a cricket ground. For a Nepali side that has always longed to get quality batsmen, Gyanendra is an example. He is flawless when he settles in the crease but he needs to find the ways to convert the start that he often gets in international games.

It is not the first time that Gyanendra has scored a century in practice game. He so far has scored five centuries in such matches, the most by any Nepali batsman. He also has the highest score of 167 runs – which he scored against Ragama Cricket Club in Colombo in 2014.

But Gyanendra has only one century to his name in the official games, his only century for Nepal is against Singapore which he notched up in the ICC World Cricket League Division 3 in 2015.

On Wednesday, Gyanendra had his name written all over the Nepali innings as the batsman was out with nine balls left in the innings leading his side to a mammoth 333-5 in 50 overs. The day was perfect for him after forging a solid 141-run partnership for the first wicket with Dilip Nath.

Dilip, also a half century scorer in Nepal’s 25-run victory over the same side on Tuesday, went on to make 64 off 79 balls with six boundaries and two sixes. The openers getting runs with big start is a positive sign for Nepal because they desperately need that, going into a strong field in Namibia.

Gyanendra continued to play his game though Nepal lost Dilip and new man Anil Sah (14). He added another 64 runs for the third wicket with Dipendra Singh Airee (34) and 82 for the fourth wicket with Aarif Sheikh. After hitting 17 boundaries, the local side finally heaved a sigh of relief when Gyanendra was out in the 49th over.

Aarif was unbeaten on 41 off 33 with hitting two boundaries.

With a mountain to climb, UAE ‘A’ kept losing wickets at regular intervals before they were shut down for 140 runs in 40.2 overs.

Nepal’s most talked kid inside and outside the country in the last one week, Sandeep Lamichhane, was back in the side after not featuring on Tuesday’s game and the leg spinner picked up four wickets in his 10-over spell conceding 36 runs.

UAE ‘A’ batting line up boasted Mohammad Qassim who has an experience of playing five one day internationals. Qassim was the top scorer for his side making 41 before he was undone by Lamichhane. Skipper Paras Khadka also took two wickets for Nepal.

 

List of Gyanendra Malla’s centuries in unofficial games

154 against United Arab Emirates 'A' in 2018 in Dubai

100 against Mylapore Recreational Centre in 2017 (September) in Chennai

104 against Rajwada Cricket Team in 2017 (February) in Greater Noida

167 against Ragama Cricket Club in 2014 in Colombo

141 against Marylebone Cricket Club in 2009 in Kathmandu



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