Nepal got folded for their lowest total in Twenty20 Internationals after Hong Kong restricted them to 72-9 in their one off Twenty20 International at the P Sara Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Monday.
Hong Kong elected to field first after winning the toss and the decision heavily favoured them with one after another Nepali batsmen failed to stay long at the crease. It is the ninth lowest total in the overall Twenty20 International in the world.
Nepal’s lowest score in Twenty20 is 39 which they had made against the Netherlands during the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers in 2012. In a sorry looking Nepali batting card that had only one batsman making runs in double figures, Sompal Kami saved Nepal’s blushes with 40 off 31 with six boundaries and two sixes.
Sompal came into the crease with Nepal heading towards their humiliating total in Twenty20 at 25-8 and shared 43 runs for the ninth wicket with Shakti Gauchan, who remained unbeaten on five. Gyanendra Malla (five) and Naresh Budhayer (five) were the next best scorers.
Skipper Paras Khadka was out for a golden duck. Subash Khakurel (two), Sagar Pun (two), Rajesh Pulami Magar (one), Binod Bhandari (one), Basanta Regmi (one) and Amrit Bhattarai (two) all fell cheaply.
Som Pal scored all the boundaries for Nepal. Rajesh was making a debut for the national team. Tanwir Afzal, Irfan Ahmed, Anas Khana and Nadeem Ahmed picked up four wickets each for Hong Kong.
Nepal’s scores in T20 Internationals
72 for 10 in 20 overs VS Hong Kong
126 for 5 in 20 overs VS Bangladesh
141 for 5 in 20 overs VS Afghanistan
149 for 8 in 20 overs VS Hong Kong