Lamichhane grabs two wickets in his debut for Hobart Hurricanes

Sandeep Lamichhane

Melbourne – Nepalese Spinner Sandeep Lamichhane took two wickets against his former team Melbourne Stars, in his debut for Hobart Hurricanes in Big Bash League 10 on Saturday.

After finishing his 14-day mandatory quarantine in Adelaide, Lamichhane, 20, traveled to Hobart to join his new team. He joined the training immediately and got featured in the final XI in the seventh match for Hurricanes.

Melbourne Stars won the toss and field. Hurricanes managed to score 164 for the loss of 5 wickets in their 20 overs. Dawid Malan, current ICC No.1 T20 batsman, top-scored with 75 runs.

During the second innings, Lamichhane was brought at sixth over, when the Stars were two wickets down. He had no slips and was bowling to Cartwright and Glenn Maxwell at the crease.

The first ball he bowled after a long gap was flighted full and wide and got driven through covers for single. The next bowl was a flighted full-on sixth stump, Maxwell carved it through extra cover for a boundary. The third ball he bowled, it was full on the legs and Maxwell flicked it to deep midwicket for a single.

The fourth ball of the over, he produced a googly and cleans up Cartwright. It was a flighted delivery on a good length on the fourth stump, Cartwright played for leg break going back to cut but it spun in and cramped him. The ball crashed into the top of the leg stump.

Nicholas Pooran arrived at the crease and Sandeep put a slip and bowled a good length pitching on the leg, Pooran played with soft hands through square leg for single.

The last ball of his first over brought Maxwell, he flighted the ball, full and very wide and Maxwell sliced a drive past backward point for another boundary.

Lamichhane got the eighth over of the innings to bowl, his second. At that stage, Maxwell was looking set and a context between Maxwell vs Lamichhane was topping the chart. But Maxwell, as we know, he is aggressive against spinners, especially in this format. Despite that, Lamichhane kept him quiet for the first three balls, bowling either good length on the middle or full-on fourth stump. Maxwell took a single in the fourth ball and Pooran gave him the strike on the sixth ball after taking another single. He went full and wide in his last ball and Maxwell freed his arms for a SIX, his first of the match.

All the three boundaries by Maxwell against Lamichhane was bowled full and wide outside off and it could have gone the other way. Although he was encouraging for the drive, it didn’t produce any edges.

In his third over(12th over), Lamichhane gave 9 runs, including a six from Pooran’s bat over the cover region. The first and second ball was googly, the third was another googly but fuller on the fifth stump and Pooran smacked for six. He flighted the next ball down the leg for a single. The fifth ball was full on middle, again driven along the ground to long-on and a dot to finish the over.

His final over came in the 15th over when both Maxwell and Pooran were already dismissed by Johan Botha and Hurricanes were ahead in the match. He was bowling to new batsman Rainbird and Hatcher. He produced a dot in his first ball against Rainbird and fired two wides down the leg in the next two deliveries. The legal second ball was hit for a single to long-off by Rainbird and the third ball produced the second wicket for Lamichhane. It was a googly that landed on a good length on off and spun away. Dunk tried to cut with the spin but extra bounce did the trick and a thick edge went to the keeper.

He could have snatched his third wicket, had it been caught in the slips. The fifth ball of the over produced an outside edge from Rainbird’s bat. The delivery landed on a good length on the fifth stump, it was another googly prodded at and goes off the edge off Keeper’s gloves and the carom throws off slip.

Sandeep ended his first outing with the Hurricanes with two wickets for 38 runs in his fours. A touch expensive in his bowling, few fumbles in the fielding, a clear sign of lack of match practice but the intent was there for the star spinner.

Hurricanes won the match by 21 runs as Glenn Maxwell’s counter-punch of 70 from 37 balls went in vein.