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Nepal capitulate in a meek batting display against Oman

Feb 05, 2020 | CN Staff |

Nepali batsmen failed to back a solid bowling effort as the hosts began their ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 campaing with an 18-run defeat to Oman at the Tribhuvan University ground on Wednesday.


Electing to field first, left arm spinner Sushan Bhari bowled with guile and Karan KC took four wickets as Nepal restricted Oman to 197-9 in 50 overs. The ordinary total, however, turned out to be mammoth for the home team which was bundled out for just 179 in 46.5 overs.

Nepal were shell-shocked early in the innings after they lost new opening pair of skipper Paras Khadka (three) and Gyanendra Malla (one) with just four runs on the board. Sharad Vesawkar and Dipendra Airee then resurrected the innings with a 62-run partnership for the third wicket.

Dipendra, who looked at his usual best, once again fell trap to a leg before decision after he was undone by an inswinging delivery from Mohammad Nadeem. The 66-2 became 73-5 after Nepal also lost Aarif Sheikh (four) and Rohit Kumar Paudel (duck).

Sharad then added another 43 runs for the sixth wicket with Binod Bhandari (26) before Oman struck again. They got rid of Bhandari and Karan KC (duck) in quick succession silencing the TU ground thronged by around 8000 supporters.

With Sharad still in the crease, Sandeep Lamichhane played some good shots while reigniting Nepal's hopes in a 38-run stand for the eighth wicket. But after Aqib Ilyas bowled Sharad round the legs, Nepal's last hope perished. Sharad, who struck his first ODI half century in second appearance, scored a 108-ball 55 with five boundaries.

Sandeep scored 28 off 27 with three fours and a six before falling to Zeeshan Maqsood, the captain picked up 3-30 from 10 overs for Oman. Bilal Khan and Kaleemullah also had two scalps apiece for Oman.

  

Earlier, Sushan Bhari shone in his debut One Day International match picking up three wickets in a miserly bowling display to help Nepal restrict Oman to an ordinary total.

Skipper Gyanendra Malla's decision to bat first was vindicated by spinners, Bhari in particular, as Oman innings was shut down below 200. Seamer Karan KC seized the early initiative removing both the openers Jatinder Singh and Khawar Ali inside seven overs.

Bhari didn't let Oman middle order to play openly and struck with the prized scalps of skipper Zeeshan Maqsood (20) and Suraj Kumar (duck) in a space of three deliveries. He also ended Oman's biggest partnership of 60 runs removing Sandeep Goud.

He returned the figures of 3-14 from 10 overs that included one maiden. Veteran Mohammad Nadeem top scored for Oman with an unbeaten 69 off 96 deliveries. He hit five boundaries and two sixes. He was involved in both big partnerships of Oman – the first being 60 runs for the sixth wicket with Goud.

Nadeem also shared 42 runs for the eighth wicket with Naseem Khushi who played an 18-ball cameo of 28 runs that included two sixes and as many fours. Goud's 72-ball 33 included three fours and a six.

Karan took 4-47 from nine overs. Dipendra also took 1-22 from five overs for Nepal. Leg spinner Sandeep gave away 45 runs in his 10 wicketless overs.



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