Namibia has bagged their first-ever win against Nepal in an ODI match. Breaking the losing streak of four matches, Namibia outplayed Nepal by 40 runs, registering the first win in the ongoing Tri-series between Nepal, Namibia, and Scotland under CWC league two.
Namibia who were rattled by 77 runs against the hosts Scotland in the series opener, bowled nicely to restrict Nepal to just 180 runs, after posting 220 runs in the first inning.
Nepal’s fragile batting once again cost them vital two points. None of the batting duo were able to pile up a good partnership as the chasing side lost wickets at regular intervals. Aarif Sheikh tried to anchor the inning, however, not enough support from his partner saw Nepal 40 runs short of the target.
Aarif scored unbeaten 50 runs from 84 balls, scoring just a couple of boundaries. Dev Khanal and Kushal Bhurtel assisted sluggish 34 and 27 runs whilst Karan Kc hammered 19 runs at the end.
Namibia’s skipper, Erasmus was brilliant in the field affecting two run-out, He also picked up one wicket. David Wiese, Bernard Scholtz, and Jan Frylinck picked up two wickets each while, Ruben Trumpelmann pocketed a game-changing wicket of Karan Kc.
Earlier in the first inning, opting to bat first, Namibia were packed up for 220 runs in 47.3 overs. Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton and Divan la Cock were the two top performers for Namibia with 60 and 41 runs respectively. Divan scored 7 boundaries in his 32-balls inning whereas Loftie-Eaton played 70 balls anchoring the inning.
Skipper Gerhard Erasmus and Craig Williams also assisted 22 and 21 runs respectively to help their side post a fighting total.
Skipper Sandeep Lamichhane was once again the pick of the bowler for Nepal grabbing 4 wickets from his full quota. Sompal Kami picked up a couple of overs whereas Dipendra Singh Airee, Karan Kc, and Basir Ahamad pocketed 1 wicket each.