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Bhandari hits back form to sink Hong Kong in Oman Twenty20 Series

Oct 06, 2019 | CN Staff |

Binod Bhandari bailed out Nepal from trouble handing his side a four-wicket victory over a depleted Hong Kong side in their first match of the Oman Pentangular Twenty20 International Series in Al Amerat on Saturday.

Electing to field first, Karan KC took four wickets as Nepal restricted Hong Kong, weakened by the departure of batting mainstays Babar Hayat and Anshuman Rath, to 126-6 in 20 overs. Bhandari's unbeaten half century then guided Nepal to 126-6 in 19 overs.

Nepal had a horrendous reply when they lost skipper Paras Khadka for a fist-ball duck and were reeling at 36-4 in 6.2 overs. Bhandari and Aarif Aarif then shared 61 important runs for the fifth wicket taking Nepal close to victory. Bhandari, who had scored 33 against Zimbabwe in their tri-nation series in Singapore prior to this tournament, was unbeaten on 58 from 48 deliveries.

Aarif was undone by a solid one-handed catch behind the wicket by wicketkeeper Aarush Bhagwat after making 21 off 24 with one hit to the fence. Sompal Kami played some blisty strokes before losing his wicket to Ehshan Khan for a run-a-ball 13.

Bhandari struck four boundaries and three sixes on his way to making second Twenty20 International half century. Nasrulla Rana took two wickets for Hong Kong.

Earlier, openers Nizakat Khan and Ehsan Abbassi gave Hong Kong a quick start adding 35 runs in the first four overs. Karan KC stepped in and removed both the openers apart from Shahid Wasif reducing Hong Kong to 41-3 in five overs.

Skipper Kinchit Shah and Waqas Barkat held the Hong Kong innings with 63-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Barkat made 37 off 47 with two fours and Shah scored a run-a-ball 31 with two fours and a six.

Karan took 4-36 from four overs for Nepal and Abinash Bohora was once again disciplined taking 1-17 from three overs.


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