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Nepal defeats Houston Hurricanes despite posting a small total

The Nepalese team bagged a back-to-win against the Houston Hurricanes with a 27-run win on Sunday. They emerged victorious despite posting a meagre total on the board.

Opting to bat first at Prairie View Cricket Complex, Houston, the visiting side managed to post only 123/6 on the board. Aasif Sheikh (1) and Anil Sah (4) were dismissed cheaply before Kushal Bhurtel and Rohit Paudel tried to drive the inning. Bhurtel scored a sluggish 23 (from 31 balls) whereas Paudel top-scored with a run-a-ball 41.

Kushal Malla failed to do anything special, whereas Gulshan made a slow 14 runs. Sundeep Jora and Sompal Kami remained unbeaten at 12 runs each. Imran Khan Jr and Zia Shehzad picked up two wickets each for Houston.

In reply, Houston were bowled out for 96 in 18.3 overs in front of a rigid Nepal bowling attack. Zia Shehzad made the highest 35 runs whereas Lahiru Milantha and Imran Khan Jr contributed 16 runs each whereas the other batter failed to cross the double-digit score.

For Nepal, Karan KC was the pick of a bowler with a figure of 3-1-10-3. Sompal Kami picked up two whereas Rohit Paudel, Abinash Bohara and Sagar Dhakal grabbed one wicket each.

In the first game of the series, Nepal were victorious by just six runs in a tight contest.

Nepal came to the USA after winning the three-match T20 series 2-1 against Windward Volcanoes in St. Vincent. They will now play the official warmup games of the T20 World Cup 2024 against Canada on Monday.