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Sandeep’s career best, Rohit’s consistent show gives Nepal record ODI victory

A career best figures from leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane and consistent performance from returning Rohit Kumar Paudel handed Nepal their biggest ODI victory in terms of runs remaining after a 151-drubbing of Papua New Guinea at the Oman Cricket Academy in Muscat on Friday.

The results means Nepal clean sweep the two-match series having struggled to two-wicket victory in the first match two days ago.

Rohit, who came into the side following the retirement of former skipper Paras Khadka having sit out for more than a year, led Nepal’s recovery with crucial partnerships and career best 86 leading his side to a challenging 233 all out in 49.3 overs.

PNG were 40-2 before a run out of opener Tony Ura followed a whirlwind spell from Sandeep Lamichhane as the southwestern Pacific island were bundled out for just 82 in 19.1 overs.

Ura was the top scorer for PNG making a 35-ball 19.

Sandeep returned the figures of 6-11 from 5.1 overs. The performer better his previous career best of 6-16 against the USA when Nepal had bundled out the Americans for one day internationals’ joint lowest total of 35 runs during the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 game at the TU grounds in Kathmandu in January, 2020.

Skipper Gyanendra Malla and Rohit resurrected the Nepali innings.

Bikram Sob, Sompal Kami and Sushan Bhari Shrestha also took a wicket each for Nepal.

Earlier, Nepal lost both their openers Kushal Bhurtel and Aasif Sheikh, three runs each, with just nine runs on the board.

Rohit and skipper Gyanendra Malla resurrected the Nepali innings with a record 89-run stand. Gyanendra made a 70-ball 45 with three fours and two sixes.

After Gyanendran’s departure, Rohit shared another 41 with Binod Bhandari (17) and a defining 66-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Karan KC. Rohit, who was the mainstay in two-wicket victory in the first one-dayer with 41 runs, scored a 123-ball 86.

The former U-19 skipper hit three sixes and two boundaries. Karan chipped in a quickfire 26-ball 42 with four sixes and two boundaries.

Chad Soper took 3-45, while Kabua Morea and Norman Vanua had two scalps for PNG who also lost to USA in their another two-match series in the tour.

Nepal will now shift their focus to their second Triangular Series of League 2 where they will play hosts Oman and the USA. They play their first match against the USA on September 13.

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