Gyanendra Malla assured he has much to give in the ICC World Cricket League Division-III as the middle order mainstay slammed a timely century in an abandoned match against Ragama Cricket Club in Colombo on Monday.
Gyanendra smashed nine sixes and nine boundaries making 167 off just 157 deliveries as Nepal amassed 285-8 where a late hat-trick from Sahan Nanayakkara was just a bright spot for the local side. Ragama were 61-1 in 13 overs before rain intervened to suggest an end to the day’s play.
Nepal will now leave for Malaysia on Tuesday directly from Sri Lanka to compete in Division-III where they will meet the hosts, Uganda, Bermuda, United States of America and Singapore.
The Division-III sends the top two teams to Division-II and it will mean a lot to them as the country’s technical sound batsman Gyanendra is hitting a sublime form. Gyanendra had also made 57 not out in Nepal’s seven-wicket victory against Colombo Colts.
The No 3 right-hand batsman had also top scored with 24 runs when Nepal lost to Sri Lanka Ports Authority Cricket Club by 74 runs in the opening game of their Sri Lanka tour.
On Monday, Nepal lost opener Subash Khakurel (one) early before Gyanendra and Naresh Budhayer shared a huge 149-run partnership for the second wicket. Naresh, who was calm in the first two matches, made his point for the team think tank scoring 61 from 92 balls that included three fours and a six.
Aarif Sheikh played his first match in the tour but made no impact other than hitting six before being dismissed for eight. Skipper Paras Khadka (19) then shared 51-run stand with Gyanendra taking Nepal across 200-run mark.
After the departure of the captain, Gyanendra continued his onslaught slamming big sixes at regular intervals. Sahan Nanayakkara dismissed Gyanendra in the fourth ball of the last over and followed it up with the wickets of Sagar Pun (five) and Som Pal Kami (duck).