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Karan proves he has nerves of steel in magical show against the Netherlands

Oct 07, 2019 | CN Staff |

Karan KC once again proved he has the nerves of steel while handing Nepal a thrilling four-wicket victory over the Netherlands in the Oman Pentangular Twenty20 International Series on Monday.


Producing an innings almost identical to his 31-ball 42 against Canada in Nepal's famous one-wicket last ball victory in the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 in Namibia last year, Karan pulled out the team from the jaws of defeat against a disciplined Netherlands bowling attack that won the match till the 19th over.

Karan's innings on Sunday was even better than what he had done against Canada in February, last year. If that match on the Valentine's Day witnessed Nepal needing eight runs in the last over of which the first four deliveries were dot, Sunday was even difficult.

Needing 17 from the last over with medium pacer Shane Snater standing against him, Karan began by depositing the first ball at deep square leg with a six. After a dot in the second ball, he struck a boundary down the third man and lofted the bowler for another maximum to tie the scores. A single in the fifth ball sealed Nepal's back-to-back victory in the tournament.

Coming in to bat at No 6 with Nepal still needing 41 more runs from just over three overs remaining, Karan had to let go the Netherlands bowlers who had managed to contain the Nepali batsmen almost throughout the game.

His first big hit came against Brandon Glover as the six in the fourth ball of the penultimate over left Nepal with 20 to win from last eight balls. Another three runs in the next two deliveries, kept Karan on strike for the last over and the heavily built allrounder smashed Snater for 17 runs.

His innings were rather reminiscent to Sharad Vesawkar's whirlwind batting against Kenya in the 2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers in the UAE. Needing 17 to win from the last over, Sharad had smashed Ragheb Aga for three sixes as Nepal had chased down a mammoth 183 for a historic victory.

 

Match Summary

Netherlands : 134-6 in 20 Overs (Maxwell O'Dowd 43, Collin Ackerman 29, Antonius Staal 21; Karan KC 4-17, Sandeep Lamichhane 4-20)

Nepal: 134-6 in 19.5 overs (Paras Khadka 33, Karan KC 31 not out, Binod Bhandari 26; Roelof van der Merwe 2-14, Paul van Meekeren 1-23)

Nepal won by four wickets with one ball remaining



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