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Nepal complete first ever T20I Series whitewash, edge Malaysia by six runs

Jul 14, 2019 | CN Staff |
Nepal completed their first-ever series whitewash as Binod Bhandari's record-breaking half century led them to a thrilling six-run win over Malaysia in the second Twenty20 International on Sunday at the Kinrara Oval.
Electing to bat first, Bhandari's 25-ball 51 -- the fastest for Nepal in Twenty20 Internationals -- propelled Nepal to 173-6 in 20 overs. Abinash Bohora and Sompal Kami then fought back restricting Malaysia to 167-7 in 20 overs.

Malaysia were going strong at 75 without loss in the ninth over before Nepal clawed their way back in the game. 
Abinash gave Nepal the breakthrough removing opener Virandeep Singh in his first over. Sompal then took the wickets of another opener Syed Aziz and Shafiq Sharif (10) reducing the hosts to 95-3 in the 13th.

Aziz slammed seven fours and a six on his way to scoring 37-ball 50. Singh added a run-a-ball 23 with two fours and a six. Sompal -- who completed all his four overs within 13 overs -- returned the figures of 2-25 in his four overs. 

In spite of losing wickets at regular intervals, Malaysia played catch up with the required run rate. The match turned into its head in the 17th over when Aminuddin Ramly struck skipper Paras Khadka for three sixes to collect 20 runs leaving his side to get 38 from last 18 deliveries.

Ramly scored 24 runs off 11 balls with three sixes. Abinash gave 10 runs in the 18th and Karan KC was hit for 14 runs in the 19th as Malaysia needed 14 off the last over with three wickets in hand. Abinash then held his nerve conceding just seven runs.

Abinash returned the impressive figures of 1-25 in his four overs. Leggie Sandeep Lamichhane -- who was smashed for 20 runs in his first two overs -- also picked up two wickets, giving away 38 runs in his four overs.

Earlier, it was Bhandari who provided the late lift smashing five sixes and three boundaries. He completed his half century with a last ball six to break the previous record of 32-ball half century held by Paras.

At one stage, Nepal was reeling at 96-4 in 14th over before Bhandari got involved in three crucial partnerships. Nepal went on to add 77 runs in their last 36 balls. Bhandari shared 33 runs off 19 balls with Karan for the sixth wicket after he added 16-ball 29 with Sharad Vesawkar for the fifth.

Sharad built the innings with a 28-ball 40 laced with four boundaries and two sixes. Karan also slammed a four and six on his way to scoring 10-ball 16.

Sharad had also added 46 runs for the fourth wicket with Rohit Kumar Paudel who anchored the partnership with 23-ball 19 that included a four. Nepal had lost Paras and Gyanendra Malla (seven) in the very next over after losing Pawan Sarraf (11) in the fifth. 

Virandeep took a sharp catch at mid-wicket to send Nepalese skipper back on 23 runs off 19. He slammed two fours and as many sixes. Fitri Sham -- who dismmised Paras and Gyanendra in the same over -- returned the figures of 3-26 in his three overs. Aziz and Sharvin Muniandy also picked a wicket apiece.

Watch Nepal's thrilling win in last over


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