Nepal Men

Canada restricts Nepal to 224 in the series opener; Bhurtel shines with Half-Century

The Nepalese national cricket team has been restricted to 224 runs by Canada in the first ODI match. Nepal and Canada are set to play a three-match ODI bilateral series.

Opting to bat first at TU Cricket Ground, Nepal managed to score 224 runs before losing the last wicket in the very last ball of the inning. The opening duo added 48 runs before losing Aasif Sheikh (8) in the 10th over. Rohit Paudel (8) too followed him after a few overs.

Kushal Bhurtel kept going and completed his half-century in 44 balls. Eventually, he departed for 58-ball 62, including nine fours and one six. None of the pair could establish a big foundation after Bhurtel’s dismissal as Nepal was restricted to an average score.

Bhim Sharki and Kushal Malla walked back for 17 and 20. Aarif Sheikh scored a valuable 38 runs whereas Pawan Sarraf (15) was unable to do any special. Sompal Kami notched up 23-ball 27 with two sixes. Nepal managed to add just 49 runs from the last ten overs.

For Canada, Uday Bhagwan (8-1-40-3) was a pick of a bowler.

Nepal’s Surya Tamang and Rijan Dhakal were handed an ODI debut cap in this match.