Nepal crushed Bermuda by eight wickets to make a solid comeback in the ICC World Cricket League Division-III in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In a match that was set-up by a collective effort from the bowlers, Nepal bundled out Bermuda for just 100 runs in 40.1 overs. To make sure that Nepal catch-up with their net run rate, Coach Pubudu Dassanayake sent in Binod Bhandari at No 3 and he delivered as Nepal reached 101-2 in 11.1 overs with 233 balls remaining. The game was a fitting gift for skipper Paras Khadka who celebrated his 27th birthday with a victory. Nepal lost Naresh Budhayer — who made 62 against Uganda in a match that Nepal had lost — with 21 runs on the board. Naresh hit a six before losing his wicket. Bhandari and another opener Subash Khakurel played fluently on their way to share a 55-run stand for the second wicket. Subash was bowled for 30 off 22 hitting four boundaries and a six. Bhandari, meanwhile, continued to play his shots and hammered 43 off 31 with eight boundaries and a six. Bhandari innings featured just three singles and a double. Skipper Paras Khadka, who hit the winning boundary, made 14 off seven with two hits to the fence. Earlier, Bermuda were right in the game at 77-2 in 19.3 overs but Basanta Remi and Shakti Gauchan tightened the screws in the middle order as they lost the last eight wickets for just 23 runs.
Amrit Bhattarai made a successful comeback as he removed openers Terryn Fray (10) and Janeiro Tucker (17) reducing Bermuda to 29-2. Christian Burgress and Tre Manders tried to lift Bermuda with a 48-run partnership until a run out of the former triggered a huge collapse.
Burgess made 28 off 40 with four boundaries and Manders chipped in 21 off 45 with two boundaries and a six. Basanta and Shakti took two middle order wickets each, while Som Pal Kami and Sagar Pun polished off the tail.
Shakti returned with the tight figures of 2-7 from seven overs including two maidens. Basanta picked up 2-23 from nine and Amrit took 2-20 from eight overs. After a rest day, Nepal will meet Singapore at the Bayuemas Oval on Sunday.