Scotland piled more agony on Nepal defeating them by 90 runs in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers at the Queenstown Events Centre on Thursday.
Nepal came into the match after losing their opening encounter agianst the UAE and to remain in hunt for a place in the 2015 World Cup, they needed to defeat the Scots keeping in mind the points that are going to be carried in the Super Six Stage.
Overnight, Nepal received a massive blow after influential skipper Paras Khadka was ruled out for the crucial tie against the Scots along with regular opener Subash Khakurel.
Scotland targeted seamer Jitendra Mukhiya the most and managed to reach 249-7. The miserable performance from the opening department continued as Nepal were 159 all out in 46.1 overs.
Following the loss, Nepal are languishing at the bottom of the five-team Group ‘A’ and to bring themselves back in the hunt for World Cup is now a next to impossible chance. Now to fancy a chance to be in Super Six, they need to come up with comprehensive victories against Hong Kong and Canada in their remaining two league matches.
Sagar Pun was dismissed in the first ball of Nepali innings and Anil Mandal’s stay at the crease couldn’t be longer. Shakti Gauchan — who was at his best against UAE making 37 not out — was a suprise No 4 batsman but headed back for a duck.
Stand-in skipper Gyanendra Malla and Sharad Vesawkar tried to consolidate the innings but their 33-run partnership ended with the dismissal of former. Gyanendra top scored in Nepal innings making 34 off 61 with six boundaries.
Sharad shared another 36 runs with Prithu Baskota (21) butthe run out off the latter jolted Nepal. Binod Bhandari headed back early for 12 and three runs later Sharad departed. Sharad made 30 off 64 with one boundary.
Pradeep Airee and Basanta Regmi prolonged Scots’ wait for their first victory in the tournament sharing 24 runs. Pradeep was out for 15, while Basanta was 20 not out from 33 hitting two boundaries.
Iain Wardlaw took three wickets for Scotland with Rob Taylor and Majid Haq taking one apiece.
Earlier, Scotland’s top five batsmen got amongst the runs before a late outburst from Freddie Coleman and Safyaan Sharif pushed Scotland close to 250. The Scots were heading for a medicore total at 190-7 after 44.1 overs but Coleman and Sharif collected 59 runs from the last 35 balls to lift the team.
Coleman was unbeaten on 64 off 76 with four boundaries and a six, while Sharif made 25 off 27 with three hits to the fence. Calum McLeod made 46 off 48 with six fours. Matt Machan (37)and Preston Mommsen (35) also made crucial contributions up the order.
Som Pal Kami — who picked his first international wicket getting rid of opener Kyle Koetzer — returned with 3-35 frmo five overs and Sagar took 2-38 from 10. Basanta and Shakti also had one scalp apiece. Jitendra was hit for 61 runs in his eight overs.