CWC League 2, International

Rohit Paudel lead Nepal to stunning win over Scotland

Rohit Paudel

The Nepalese national cricket team produced a remarkable win on Tuesday, defeating Scotland by two wickets. Skipper Rohit Paudel helped his side chase a target of 213 runs with 35 balls spare in front of a bumper crowd at TU Cricket Ground.

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Nepal bagged a win in all four matches, and their hope for the top three spots is still alive.

The home team had a shaky start losing Kushal Bhurtel in the second over. Aasif Sheikh, too walked back for 12 as Nepal managed 33 runs from the first powerplay, losing a couple of wickets. Gyanendra Malla‘s dismissal (21 runs) in the third ball after the completion of the powerplay saw Nepal in more trouble.

The situation worsen after the Scottish spinners removed Kushal Malla (17) and Sundeep Jora (1) in an over span of five wickets were down for 61 runs. Rohit Paudel and Dipendra Singh Airee shared 42 runs for the sixth wicket before Airee (7) was knocked out by Greaves. Skipper Rohit kept ticking the scorecard with bare support from other batters and reached his half-century in 54 balls. Before that, Sompal walked back for two, while Sandeep Lamichhane was dismissed for nine runs after a few moments.

Rohit then played a skippers’ knock and added unbeaten 75 runs with Karan KC for the ninth wicket. Karan KC, too supported nicely, scoring vital 31 runs. Karan scored two fours and one six from 37 balls. Rohit scored a winning boundary and remained unbeaten for 95 runs. He smashed seven fours, and four sixes from his 101 balls knock.

Mark Watt was the pick of a bowler for Scotland grabbing three wickets. Chris Greaves grabbed two while the other three bowlers pocketed one wicket each.

Earlier in the first inning, Scotland were bowled out for 212 runs in 46.1 overs. Sandeep Lamichhane and Karan Kc were the stars to restrict them for an average total.

Scotland had a brilliant start after being invited to bat first. The visitors added 59 runs from the first powerplay losing Kyle Coetzer for 22 runs. George Munsey kept scoring quick runs until Sandeep Lamichhane bowled him. The southpaw scored 60 from 50 balls with nine fours and two sixes. Lamichhane dismissed skipper Berrington in the very next ball as Scotland were three down for 89 runs in the 14th over.

Christopher McBride and Tomas Mackintosh also walked back without doing any special as the champions were half-team down for 118 runs within the 22nd over. Brandon McMullen and Matthew Cross then shared 57 runs for the sixth wicket to guide the Scottish side towards a respectful total. However, a quick couple of wickets from Karan Kc saw Nepal in a hot seat picking up nine wickets for 196. KC himself dismissed Mark Watt to wrap up the opposition for 212 runs.

Sandeep Lamichhane once again was the pick of a bowler for Nepal, grabbing four wickets. The leggie conceded 45 runs from his spell. Karan Kc, despite being expensive at the start, picked up three wickets. Lalit Rajbanshi and Kushal Malla also pocketed one each.