Nepal complete turnaround to win first ODI against Oman


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Nepal skittle host Oman on the Sunday fixture of ICC World Cricket League 2 at Al Amerat Cricket Ground to register their first win in one-day internationals by 7 wickets.

Having been skittled for 121 in 37.1 overs without the service of their premier batsmen – Aqib Ilyas and Khawar Ali, finally Oman’s batting was exposed. Karan KC rattled through their top orders in no time. Once Nepal removed the dangerous Jatinder Singh (13), who single-handedly won the previous encounter against Nepal by hitting a century, the batting was going to be tested as they struggled against the USA.

Karan KC starred with the ball after being asked to open the bowling for the first time in the series. His masterful spell troubled Oman’s batting lineup and the dismissal of Skipper Zeeshan Maqsood sumps up his bowling performance for today. Maqsood got a beauty of the ball, nicking to the keeper as Karan KC ended with four wickets.

Sandeep Lamichhane’s dream run in Oman tour continued as he finished with four-for. His golden arm produced almost a hattrick today. Lamichhane came to the picture at 12th over and he didn’t disappoint, striking immediately to dismiss Mohammad Nadeem. His best dismissal today was the googly to dismiss Suraj Kumar.
Overall, Sandeep produced two-leg before and two clinical balls that went on to rattle the stumps.

Read more – Karan & Lamichhane takes four-fer as Nepal restricts Oman to 121

Nepal’s opener showed a clear intention of registering an emphatic victory as Bhurtel started with a boundary first over. Aasif Sheikh joined the party with two back-to-back boundaries in the second over. Although, Bhurtel 6(8) got a soft dismissal. Skipper Gyanendra Malla and Sheikh added a brutal 95 runs for the second wicket. The in-form Malla struck four boundaries and two sixes to reach his fourth fifty in his ODI career. Sheikh at the other end hit 40 from 44 balls including 7 boundaries before giving away his wicket when Nelson was on the board.

Two runs to reach the victory line, Rohit Paudel got dismissed, and he made 6 from 7 balls. He was bowled as he tried to club the bat out of the park. Sharad Vesawkar came to the crease for the first time and hit the winning runs in 18.2 overs.

Nepal’s concluded Oman tri-series on a winning note and pushed up to the Number 4 position in the ICC World Cricket League 2 table.

They finished the series with two wins and two losses against both the host and the USA. Meanwhile, they also bid farewell to their Coach Dav Whatmore, who stepped down as head coach last month.


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