Nepal defeated hosts Bermuda by eight wickets in a match where skipper Paras Khadka starred with both bat and ball in to taste their first victory in the third match of the ICC World Cricket League Division-III at the St David’s grounds in Bermuda on Wednesday.
Paras took four wickets in his 10-over spell bundling out Bermuda – who have one World Cup appearance to their credit – for just 106 runs in 38.2 overs. The Nepali skipper then smashed 46 off just 27 deliveries as Nepal reached the target in just 11.2 overs losing two wickets.
It was a victory that gave Nepal a chance of reaching the final of the six-team tournament and ultimately the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier of 2014.
Nepal got off to a flying start in their chase with openers Subash Khakurel (six) and Anil Mandal adding 23 run in 2.3 overs before the former was dismissed by Rodney Trott. Anil was next to go off the same bowler for 16 off 17 after hitting two boundaries just before the innings break.
After the break Paras began his onslaught right from the word go hitting Trott for a six off the first ball he faced. The skipper then brought nine runs from the sixth over bowled by Robinson and 14 from Trott in the next to take the match out of Bermuda’s reach.
Paras ended up hitting three sixes and four boundaries, while Gyanendra who finished off the match in style with a boundary off Treadwell Gibbons struck five fours and a six.
Earlier, Chandra Saud – playing as the lone seamer for Nepal in the match – gave the team an early breakthrough dismissing Chris Douglas (12). Curt Stovell (15) and skipper Steven Outerbridge added 30 runs before Sanjam Regmi dismissed the former. Outerbridge added another 29 with Bermuda’s veteran David Hemp (16) for the third wicket.
Basanta Regmi removed Hemp trapping the 42-year old leg before and it was from there when Bermuda lost their way.
Paras destroyed the Bermuda middle order picking up four wickets beginning with the scalp of Janeiro Tucker and ended with the prized wicket of Outerbridge. Outerbridge top scored for the hosts with 29 off 77.
Basanta polished off the tail with two lower order wickets and Shakti Gauchan took one as Bermuda lost their last eight wickets for just 33 runs. Paras returned with the figures of 4-31, while Basanta took 2-20 from their 10 over spells. Nepal will now play Oman on Thurday.