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Sharad, pacers delight Nepal but Gyanendra's lean patch continues

Nov 16, 2019 | CN Staff |

Gyanendra Malla opened his official victory account as national team's full time skipper with a 40-run defeat of Hong Kong but his lean patch continued to remain a headache with another second-ball duck in the Emerging Teams Cup.

After replacing Paras Khadka as the national team captain, Gyanendra has gone through a poor run of form with just six runs in the last four innings that included three duck outs.

His first competitive game was the First Class match against Marylebone Cricket Ground at the TU ground where he was dismissed for duck in the first innings and made just six in the second. His first two matches in the Emerging Teams Cup in Bangladesh – against India and now against Hong Kong – has surprisingly been about two-ball duck.

While the national team waits its captain to regain form, Nepal's dominating game against the fellow Associates will regain confidence after the seven-wicket mauling from India in the tournament opener.

The brightest spot was Sharad Vesawkar's consistent form after he held the entirety of Nepali innings with a composed 89 from 139 deliveries. After sneaking into the squad following his exclusion from the Twenty20 teams for the Oman, Sharad had opened his Bangladesh tour with 44 against India on Thursday.

Reduced to 2-3 after openers Gyanendra and Kushal Bhurtel headed back early, Sharad built the innings with an 83-run stand for the third wicket with Dipendra Singh Airee who once again remained firm but couldn't convert to a big score.

Dipendra made made 37 off 82 with three hits to the fence. Sharad added another 74 runs with Aarif Sheikh as laying the foundation for 200 plus score. Aarif, who took 11 balls to open his account, made 42 from 48 with three boundaries. Sharad fell in the penultimate ball of Nepali innings after hitting nine boundaries.

The second half of the match belonged to debutant Abinash Bohora who made the most of the opportunity picking up three out of first five Hong Kong wickets to fall with just 47 runs on the board. Kinchit Shah top scored for Hong Kong with 53 from 80 balls with three fours and a six.

Ehsan Khan only prolonged Nepal's wait for victory making a 53-ball 48 not out with three sixes and two boundaries while sharing 42 runs for the last wicket with Raunaq Kapur.


Nepal vs Hong Kong Match Summary

Nepal: 217 all out in 50 overs (Sharad Vesawkar 89, Aarif Sheikh 42, Dipendra Singh Airee 37; Aizaz Khan 3-42, Nasrulla Rana 2-45, Ehsan Khan 2-41)

Hong Kong: 177 all out in 45.5 overs (Kinchit Shah 53, Ehsan Khan 44; Karan KC 3-32, Abinash Bohora 3-32, Sushan Bhari Shrestha 2-38)

Man-of-the-match: Sharad Vesawkar     


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