Nepal salvaged a huge amount of pride showing composure against a Test playing Bangladeshi side in their eight-wicket loss in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers in Chittagong.
Though Bangladesh raced on to 132-2 inside 16 overs in a chase of Nepal’s 127-5, Nepal earned a lot of praise from the global world for putting a decent total on the board — thanks to a fine partnership between their every performing skipper Paras Khadka and Sharad Vesawkar.
After Nepal lost three wickets for just 39 runs inside eight overs, Paras and Sharad handled Bangladeshi bowlers sensibly in an 85-run stand that according to the experts contained grit and patience at times.
Both batsmen punished bad balls from Bangladesh bowlers and were watchful that denied the fact that Associate teams like Nepal — who currently are in Division-II — were no match to a Test nation.
Paras ended up making 41 runs from 35 balls and Sharad scored 40 off 43 with both batsmen hitting five boundaries apiece. Al Amin Hossain picked up two wickets for Bangladesh including that of Gyanendra Malla (13) who was trapped after hitting two attractive boundaries of Shakib-Al-Hasan.
While batting belonged to Nepal, dew factors played a crucial role in spoiling Nepal’s defense with some solid batting from openers Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque. Anamul particularly punished Som Pal Kami hitting the bowler for two sixes and made 42 from 33 with five boundaries. Tamim made 30 from 22 and gave a perfect start to Bangladesh with a 63-run stand in 7.5 overs.
Basanta Regmi once again proved himself as a crisis man for Nepal picking up the scalp of Tamim and returning with the figures of 1-14 from three overs. Anamul was run out.
After the fall of both the openers, Shakib made merry at the pitch smashing four sixes and a boundary in his 37 off 18 and Sabbir Rehman made 21 off 20.
Nepal are next playing against Afghanistan and the performance against Bangladesh will give them a huge boost playing against their Associate arch rivals on Thursday.