Tournament debutant Karan KC completed a five-wicket haul as Nepal registered their second consecutive victory in the ICC World Cricket League Division-II keeping them alive for the Division-I promotion.
KC, playing his third match for Nepal after going wicketless in the first two games, bowled his heart out demolishing Canada’s top order before they were bundled out for a tournament-low 114 in 49.2 overs. The sensational bowling from the rising right hand seamer was perfectly backed by skipper Paras Khadka who played fearless cricket smashing 77 off 78 as Nepal reached 115-3 in 23.1 overs.
Nepal climbed to the second in the points table with four points – two behind Namibia, whom they play on Wednesday. Namibia crushed the Netherlands by 188 runs for their third consecutive victory in the tournament. Kenya – who filed their first victory in the tournament – eased past Uganda by five wickets in the other match.
Nepal were sunk into a deep hole in their reply when openers Naresh Budhayer and Subash Khakurel were dismissed in back-to-back deliveries for ducks. Paras and Gyanendra Malla started fresh – first sticking to the crease before letting themselves go.
Paras was particularly menacing once he found his feet. He completed his half century with a six off Navnit Dhalliwal off 62 balls and next ball he launched the same bowler for another maximum. As Nepal crossed triple figures, Paras smashed Dhindsa for three consecutive boundaries before losing his wicket the next ball in the 23rd over.
Paras made 77 off 78 with 11 boundaries and three sixes. Binod Bhandari completed the chase with a single, while Gyanendra was unbeaten on 32 off 51 with five boundaries.
The day belonged to Karan who brought an end to his two-match wicket drought in the best possible way. After Sompal Kami gave Nepal the breakthrough removing Nitish Kumar for a duck in the fourth ball of the first over, Karan began his onslaught over Canadian top order.
Karan was hit for a six by Rizwan Cheema in his first over but he took his revenge removing the opener with a return catch. Next ball, he dismissed Srimantha Wijeratne for a golden duck. His carnage continued when he took a caught behind wicket of Ruvindu Gunasekera and bowled Dhalliwal reducing Canada to 22-5 in 11.4 overs.
Canada failed to make a comeback in the match after Paras operated his bowlers perfectly and he himself joined the wicket-taking spree getting rid of Hamza Tariq (10). Canada skipper Jimmy Hansra was next to go for 22 off 103 dismissed by Sagar pun.
Nikhil Dutta (20) and Dhindsa (25 not out) saved Canada blues taking the team beyond triple figures. Sompal finished with 2-28 from 10, while Basanta Regmi was wicketless for the first time in tournament with his figures reading 10-1-24-0. Shakti Gauchan picked up 1-5 from 5.2 overs.