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Nepal pay the price for poor shot selection in big defeat to Zimbabwe

Oct 01, 2019 | Cricketingnepal |

Skipper Sean Williams led from the front with an allround effort as Nepali batsmen paid the price for a poor shot selection in a 40-run loss to Zimbabwe in their third match of the Singapore Tri Nation Twenty20 Series on Tuesday.

Electing to field first, Nepal bowlers did well to restrict Zimbabwe to 160-6 in 20 overs with Williams completing an enterprising half century. Nepal had history in their hand with just some sensible batting required in beating a Test nation for the first time.

But four of their premier batsmen made poor shot selections as their innings was shut down for just 120-9 in 20 overs. The hara-kiri began for Nepal in the first over when Pawan Sarraf – playing in place of Ishan Pandey – tried to launch Sean Williams for a six in the first over but ended up finding William Mashinge at square leg.

Dipendra Singh Airee struck Tendai Chatara for a boundary in the second over but chose to flat bat a rising delivery only to hand lollipop catch at mid wicket. Paras Khadka and Aarif Sheikh combined for 28 runs and the poor shot selection struck again – this time Paras falling prey.

He tried to lift Williams but holed out a catch to Tony Munyonga at long off. Aarif looked in a fine touch but fell for 25 off 20 with three fours and a six. Kushal Malla (five) also paid the price for poor shot selection. Binod Bhandari top scored for Nepal with a 35-ball 33 that included four boundaries.

He and Karan KC brought Nepal's biggest partnership of the day sharing 34 runs for the seventh wicket but by then the match had already slipped from their hands. Williams took 3-21 from four overs for Zimbabwe, while Tinotenda Mutombozi returned the figures of 2-12 from three.

Earlier, carrying his form he displayed against the same side in the tournament opener, Sandeep Lamichhane gave Nepal a dream start after he removed Brian Chari (duck) trapping the opener leg before wicket. Sushan Bhari and Karan KC then bled 28 runs between them before Sompal Kami removed Regis Chakabva.

Peter Moor played some brisky shots on his way to a quickfire 21 runs before Sandeep bowled the batsman with a googly. Moor struck two sixes and a four in 12 deliveries.

Williams then consolidated the Zimbabwean innings with a 60-run crucial partnership for the fourth wicket with Tinotenda Mutombodzi (20). Aided by some erratic Nepali bowling, Williams managed to complete his half century smashing his opposite number for a six but the Nepali captain got rid of him clean bowling the skipper.

Williams' 35-ball 53 included four boundaries and three sixes. Reduced to 112-5, it was Ryan Burl and Richmond Mutumbami (17) who once again took the charge by adding 44 runs for the sixth wicket. Burl was unbeaten on 28 off 21 with a six and a four.

Zimbabwe were heading towards further big total but a good bowling in the death over from Abinash Bohora halted their charge. Abinash conceded just 26 runs picking up a wicket in four overs. Sompal returned with decent figures of 2-15 from four overs. Sandeep took 2-27 from his four.


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