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Disastrous Nepal surrender meekly to Oman

Feb 09, 2018 | Cricketingnepal |

Nepal’s disastrous display with the bat continued for the second consecutive game as the team this time lost to Oman by six wickets in their second match of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 in Windhoek, Namibia on Friday.

Nepal had struggled in reaching 139 runs after they lost nine wickets to win the game in the last over against Namibia on Thursday and the poor batting continued as they were folded for just 138 in 46 overs.

Requiring a below-par target, Oman played cautiously and reached 139-4 in 35.1 overs to bounce back from their eight-wicket defeat to Canada on the opening day. To get themselves in a good position to qualify for the top two Nepal now need to beat the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in their third match on Sunday.

UAE, the tournament favourites, meanwhile were left stunned in the day’s other match after a young Canadian side beat them by 23 runs. Canada made 209 all out in 49.2 overs before they bundled out UAE for just 186 in 45 overs.

The horrible day began with Nepal’s batting after they not only struggled to rotate strike but also kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were quickly reduced to 56-4 in 22.1 overs. Dilip Nath (19) and skipper Paras Khadka (17) were the ones reaching double figures from the top four.

Sharad Vesawkar and Dipendra Singh Airee tried to consolidate the innings with a 36-run stand before a dismissal of the latter saw Nepal lose their last six wickets for just 46 runs. Sharad once again top scored in a poor looking scorecard with 22 runs, while Dipendra made 20 off 32 with three hits to the fence.

Sompal Kami (17) and Rohit Kumar Paudel (14) were other batsmen to make runs in double figures. Kaleemullah dealt the hammer blow to Nepal taking 4-28 from 10 overs, while Bilal Khan was too economical in his figures of 2-13 from nine overs.

Sompal gave Nepal a dream start removing opener Swapnil Khadye (one) in the third over but Oman had Aqib Ilyas who played vigilantly to ease the chase. Ilyas top scored with 46 off 53 with five fours and shared 46 runs for the third wicket with Vaibhav Wategaonkar after Sandeep Lamichhane bowled another opener Jatinder Singh (24).

Wategaonkar stuck to the crease and after Ilyas was bowled by Basanta Regmi and Sandeep uprooted the stumps of Khawar Ali (11), he shared 43 unbroken stand for the fifth wicket with Sultan Ahmed (16). Wategaonkar scored 37 off 71 with a six that came off Sharad.

Sandeep bowled his heart out and took 2-29 from 10 overs.


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