Nepal got off to a triumphant start in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers defeating Denmark by five wickets in their opening Group ‘B’ match at the ICC Global Cricket Academy 2 in Dubai on Friday.
Denmark were 79 all out in 19.4 overs and a Paras Khadka-inspired Nepal reached 80 in 13.1 overs. Nepal were jolted when they lost opener Pradeep Airee and Gyanendra Malla without adding single run in the board after 1.1 over.
Under pressure, Paras once again delivered when he spent few time at the crease and began to blast. Paras hammered 48 off 34 that included five sixes and one boundary and was unlucky to leave the team with just two short of his half-century.
He was exquisite in his 67-run partnership for the third wicket with Subash Khakurel leaving the Danes with a little clue with what was happening at the centre after the opponents were delighted with two quick dismissals.
After Paras’ dismissal, Subash and new man Binod Bhandari (naught) fell in back-to-back deliveries from Kamran Mahmood in the 12th over. Sharad Vesawkar (five) and Sagar Pun (two) finished off the chase.Subash made 17 off 28 with two boundaries.
Earlier, right-arm medium pacer Jitendra Mukhiya marked a sensational picking up two wickets as Denmark kept losing wickes on regular intervals. With spinners tightening the screws from the other end, Denmark rarely settle in the match.
Sagar Pun returned with the figures of 3-12 from three overs, while Jitendra (2-16) and Basanta Regmi (2-8) took two wickets apiece. Paras and Shakti Gauchan also had one scalp apiece.