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Oman give Nepal a reality check

Nov 14, 2015 | Eddie Van Brooks |

Nepal have been given a reality check ahead of their crucial ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCLC) matches against Papua New Guinea after Oman overcame them by three wickets in a tour match in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

Nepal will play PNG on Monday and Wednesday but their batting frailties, especially after batting first, doesn't seem to go out. It looked like they were back to the old days with Gyanendra Malla and skipper Paras Khadka taking the team to 184 all out in 49.3 overs.

The bowlers once again tried to put things under control but a target below 200 was never safe as Oman reached 187-7 in 48.1 overs. Opener Zeeshan Maqsood top scored with a run-a-ball 52, while Jatinder Singh chipped in 41 off 78 that incuded three boundaries.

Shakti Gauchan picked up 3-19 from 10 overs for Nepal, while Mehboob Alam had two scalp.

Earlier, Paras and Gyanendra did the bulk of scoring after no other batsman managed to reach doube figures. The middle order mainstays shared 77 runs for the fourth wicket. Paras was out for 49 off 75 with seven boundaries.

Gyanendra also struck seven boundaries on his way to making 71 off 113. Bilal Khan picked up four wickets for Oman and Khawar Ali had three scalps.


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