Nepal national cricket team has completed yet another sensational chase to grab a third consecutive win in a home Tri-Series under CWC League 2.
Nepal reached the target of 275 runs in 47.3 overs, losing seven wickets in front of the jumbo crowd at TU Cricket Ground on Saturday. This is Nepal’s joint second-highest chase in ODI cricket, along with 275 chased against Scotland on Friday. The highest chase of 286 runs came against Namibia itself in this series on 14th February.
After losing Kushal Bhurtel (1) in the third over, Aasif Sheikh and Gyanendra Malla shared 139 runs for the second wicket, the new highest partnership for Nepal in ODI. Kushal Bhurtel and Rohit Paudel shared 133 runs in the first match of the series and surpassed the record of 129 runs set by Dev Khanal and Dipendra Singh Airee.
Gyanendra scored a much-needed half-century (65 runs) with five fours and three sixes, whereas Aasif made 81 runs hammering eight fours and a couple of sixes. Kushal Malla and Rohit Paudel then shared 92 runs for the fourth wicket before Nepal lost four quick wickets. Kushal, Rohit, Dipendra Singh Airee and Sundeep Jora were dismissed swiftly; however, the duo already did the damage. Malla completing a back-to-back half-century scored 49-ball 62 with six fours and four biggies. Skipper Paudel made 39 runs from 43 balls.
Sompal Kami once again hit the winning run in the third ball of the 48th over to complete yet another sensational chase.
Ruben Trumpelmann, despite conceding 71 runs, picked up three wickets. Bernard Scholtz grabbed two while Tangeni Lungameni pocketed one.
Earlier, Namibia put up a decent score of 274/6 after being invited to bat first. Despite an average start, Namibia up the tempo towards the end, hitting 96 runs from the last six overs.
Lo-handre Louwrens and Karl Birkenstock (20) added 64 runs for the first wicket. However, they were down to 138/5 after a sensational spell from Sandeep Lamichhane. Louwrens scored 41, while other batters were unable to do any special. Pikky Ya France and Zane Green then shared 94 runs for the sixth wicket to rescue the Eagles. France was run out for 49(39), while Zane Green remained unbeaten for 75 runs from 63 balls, hammering 11 fours and one maximum. Ruben Trumpelmann, in the end, smacked seven ball-24.
Sandeep Lamichhane was the pick of the bowlers for Nepal, grabbing three wickets (10-0-46-3). Karan Kc was once again on the expensive side, taking one wicket but giving away 74 runs in his nine overs.
Nepal will play Scotland on 21 Feb, the last match for the hosts.