Karan KC and Sandeep Lamichhane’s brilliant bowling performances restricted Oman to 121 runs in 37.1 overs in Nepal’s final game of the Oman series under ICC World Cup League 2 at Al Amerat Cricket Ground in Oman on Sunday.
Skipper Gyanendra Malla decided to bowl first and Nepal removed the dangerous Jatinder Singh, who single-handedly won the previous encounter against Nepal by hitting a century, for 13 runs. He hit one four and a six in his innings of 13 balls before edging to the slip. Sufyan Mehmood (4), the other opener, departed early for 4(16). Karan KC took both their wickets.
Oman team were in early trouble as Karan KC continued his wicket-taking form, dismissing Ayaan Khan for 7(18). Sandeep Lamichhane, in his first over, dismissed Mohammed Nadeem for 4(18). Oman were 37/4 at 12.0 over stage.
Suraj Kumar, their wicket-keeper batsman joined Skipper Zeeshan Masqsood however, his stay wasn’t longer as Lamichhane bowled him for 0(2).
Sandeep dismissed Nestor Dhamba 0(1) in the next delivery and that pushed Oman to 43 for 6. Sandeep Goud survived the hattrick ball but he became the first victim of Sharad Vesawkar in One-day internationals. Goud made 27 balls-8 runs with a boundary.
Naseem Khushi put some respite in Oman’s innings hitting a six in his 27 ball innings. He made 12 runs before losing to Vesawkar.
Meanwhile, Skipper Maqsood tried to anchor the innings at one end but got a beauty of the ball from Karan KC, nicking to the keeper. He made 41 from 66 balls including four boundaries and a six. It was all over as Oman lost their nine-wicket at the stage and Karan KC had already chipped in four wickets in his 8 overs.
Kaleemullah (11*) and Bilal Khan (9) then contributed 15 runs towards the end for the tenth wicket. Malla gave the ball to Lamichhane and he responded back with a wicket, bowled Bilal Khan to take his fourth scalp in the innings.
Sompal Kami bowled five overs for 15 runs, Sushan Bhari was economical in his 7 overs for 20 runs and Aarif Sheikh bowled 3 overs in the middle overs.
The absence of experienced Aqib Ilyas and Khawar Ali for Oman was finally exposed on the batting part as they register their second-lowest score in One-Day Internationals. They were bowled out for 81 runs against Namibia in the final of ICC World Cricket League Division Two in 2019.