A record-setting Nepal crushed USA by eight wickets after
bundling out the opponents for One Day Internationals lowest total in the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 game on Wednesday.
Electing to field first in a turning track at the TU grounds,
leggie Sandeep Lamichhane gave best ODI bowling performance as Nepali bowler as USA were 35 all out in 12 overs. Left arm spinner Sushan Bhari also snared 4-5 in a sensantional morning.
The record emulates Sri Lankan team which had skittled out
Zimbabwe for same amount of runs in 2004. While Zimbabwe had survived 18 overs, USA played just 12 overs in the game.
Sri Lanka had also bundled out Canada for 36 runs during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa and Zimbabwe for 38 in 2001. Sri Lanka themselves were bundled out for 43 against South Africa in 2012.
Sandeep came up with the best ODI bowling figures for Nepal
leaving behind Sompal Kami who had taken 5-33 against the United Arab Emirates last year in a bilateral series. Nepal reached 36-2 in just 5.2 overs despite losing openers Subash Khakurel and Gyanendra Malla with just two runs on the
Paras Khadka slammed 20 off 12 with three fours and a six,
while Dipendra Singh Airee struck two fours and a six. The day belonged to Sandeep who twice took two wickets in a single over as USA were clueless against Nepali spin duo of Bhari and Sandeep.
USA lost all of their wickets defending the Nepali spinners. It was Nepal’s fastest chase as well in ODI cricket and third overall. It was Nepal’s second victory in the League 2 and both came against the USA. Nepal had won the first ODI by 45 runs. Nepal had lost to Oman by 18 and eight wickets in the series.
Oman currently lead the table 16 points from 10 games and USA are up next with 12 points.