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Sompal stars but Nepal finish eighth

Mar 17, 2018 | Cricketingnepal |

Sompal Kami picked up four wickets to complete his 50 List 'A' wicket and struck highest individual score for Nepal against the Netherlands in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe on Saturday but his effort was not yet enough. 

Nepal finished eighth in the tournament after going down to the Netherlands by 45 runs in a seven-place playoff match at the Kwekwe Sports Club where Sompal's allround effort went in vain. 

Electing to bat first, Netherlands recovered every time from dangerous position to reach 189-9 after Sompal gave Nepal a dream start. Netherlands bundled out Nepal for just 144 runs in 44.4 overs after their former South African international wreaked havoc in the middle order.

Gyanendra Malla's poor run with the bat continued as he was dismissed for just four runs by Fred Klaassen in the fourth over. Van de Merwe then dismissed Anil Sah (eight), skipper Paras Khadka (22) and Rohit Kumar Paudel (duck) and in between Shane Snater got rid of Aarif Sheikh as Nepal's score read 61-5 in 20.4 overs.

Nepal then lost Dipendra Singh Airee who made 25 off 38 with three boundaries. Shakti Gauchan was next to go as Nepal were in danger of crashing to their lowest total in 50-over game at 76-7. 

Together with Karan KC (13), Sompal avoided the humiliation with 31-run stand for the eighth wicket.  Sompal hit three boundaries and a six in his 53-ball 36 and his dismissal off Klaassen ended all remaining hopes. 

Sandeep Lamichhane frustrated Netherlands bowler hanging around with an unbeaten 14 off 38 balls. Man-of-the-match Van der Merwe took 4-20 from 10 overs.  

Earlier, Sompal looked in prime form as he removed opener Wesley Barresi (duck), Ben Cooper (duck) and skipper Peter Borren (seven). Sandeep then got rid of opener Max O'Dowd (28) reducing Netherlands to 48-4 in 14 overs. 

Baas de Leede and Van der Merwe (25) held firm with 39-run partnership before Lalit Rajbanshi removed the former. De Leede then shared another 41 runs with Scott Edwards. Although Nepal managed to remove both set batsmen reducing Netherlands to 144-4, Pieter Seelar (23) and Snater (23 not out) shared 37 runs for the ninth wicket to what was a winning total. 

Sompal, who now has 52 wickets in List A, returned the figures of 4-24 from 10 overs with two maiden. Sandeep and Lalit also took two wickets each.


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