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Nepal’s second match against Scotland halted

Nepal’s second match of the ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCLC) stopped due to rain with Scotland chasing a Duckworth/Lewis target of 110 runs to win from 22 overs.


The play will continue from the same stage on Saturday’s reserved day with the Scots batting on 15-0 in 1.4 overs. Nepal had shown a huge character when they fell just three runs short of Scotland’s 235-7 in the first match on Wednesday but on Friday it was a different story altogether.


After losing their first four batsmen for just 41 runs in 10.5 overs, Nepal never recovered before they crawled to reach 167 all out in 49.1 overs. Following an almost three hours of rain interruption, sun peeped out and Scotland took to the field with the revised target. But after just 10 deliveries, rain returned to stop the game.


Sompal Kami had conceded 11 runs in his first over, while Avinash Karn, replacing Karan KC, was hit for four in his first four balls of the day.


Nepal lost opener Mahesh Chhetri (three), Wednesday’s centurion Anil Mandal (nine), Gyanendra Malla (16) and skipper Paras Khadka (10) at 41-4. A brief but painstaking fight from Sharad Vesawkar and Pradeep Airee only saved the humiliation.


Sharad top scored with 30 off 66 hitting two boundaries. Pradeep and Prithu Baskota scored 16 runs apiece with both hitting a six and a four. Basanta Regmi was Nepal’s next best scorer with 19 runs, while Avinash Karn lifted the total with a 12-ball 17 that included three fours.

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