Left arm seamer Lalit Singh Bhandari picked up four wickets as Nepal marked a solid comeback with the ball to beat Kenya by six wickets in their second practice match in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
In a match where Nepal rested batting trio of skipper Paras Khadka, Gyanendra Malla and Binod Bhandari along with fast bowler Sompal Kami and spinner Basanta Regmi, Nepal bundled out Kenya for just 110 runs in 32.2 overs.
Nepal reached 111-4 in 19.5 overs after stand-in skipper Sharad Vesawkar and Dipendra Singh Airee put on a half century partnership.
Nepal had lost to United States of America by five wickets in their first match where the team was bundled out for just 89 runs. USA had lost to Kenya by four wickets in another low scoring game after the Americans were bundled out for just 83 runs.
The two practice matches come as a part of preparation for the Nepali side that is preparing for the ICC World Cricket League Championship seventh and final round matches against the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Nepal are playing against UAE on December 6 and 8.
In the match on Sunday, Kenya gave their start a fiery pace after opener Rushab Patel and Alexauma Obanda collected more than 50 runs inside the first six overs. Both batsmen hit a six each and Obanda was the top scorer making a run-a-ball 27 with three boundaries.
Obanda hit a quickfire 25 from 13 balls in an innings that also included four boundaries. But the Kenyans pegged back after Karan KC dismissed Obanda and Sagar Pun got rid of Patel in consecutive overs.
Lalit, who was earlier, proving expensive then wreaked havoc in the Kenyan middle order picking up four wickets in his returning spell. Sandeep Lamichhane also picked up two wickets in his brief spell returning the figures of 2-5 from 3.2 overs.
Gurdeep Singh fought a lonely battle from the lower order making 22 off 45 deliveries. Lalit’s 10-over spell read 4-46 and included a maiden.
Nepal tried out a new combination of Sharad and Dilip Nath but the team’s chase jolted when Lucas Olouch Ndandason removed Dilip in the third ball of the innings. Nelson Odhiambo then picked up the wickets of Sagar (one) and Anil Sah (13) reducing Nepal to 29-3 in eight overs.
But Dipendra and Sharad halted the proceedings as the two batsmen notched up 78 runs for the fourth wicket handing Nepal a morale-boosting victory. Dipendra was fluent in his 35-ball 46 that included seven boundaries and a six before he was run out with Nepal just four runs sigh of victory.
Aarif Sheikh hit the winning boundary. Sharad was unbeaten on 31 from 50 deliveries hitting three boundaries.