CWC League 2, Nepal Men

Nepal one win away from World Cup Qualifier after demolishing PNG

Nepal Men

The Nepalese national cricket team rattled PNG and registered a thumping nine-wicket win with 254 balls spare at TU Cricket Ground on Monday. This is the Sixth largest victory in ODI (in terms of balls remaining). Nepal also holds the fourth-largest such victory when they bowled out the USA for 35, and chased the total with 268 balls spare.

Nepal now are just one win away from securing the third position in CWC League 2 table, which will book a direct spot n the World Cup Qualifiers. Their last match, in fact, CWC League 2’s last match on Thursday against UAE will decide Nepal’s fate.

Nepal chased down the mere target of 96 in just 7.4 overs, losing one wicket. Aasif Sheikh smacked a 21-ball fifty (53)*, the fastest ever by a Nepali batter in ODI. He whacked nine fours and three sixes in his record inning. Kushal Bhurtel who started the attack, hammered 33 runs from just 14 balls, while Kushal Malla remained unbeaten for 12 runs.

Aasif Sheikh

Earlier, PNG were wrapped up for a mere 95 runs, which is their second-lowest score in ODI after 82 against Nepal itself. Opting to bowl first worked really well for Nepal as PNG struggled to deal with Nepali spinners.

The visitors had a tough start losing a couple of wickets within the seventh over. Assad Vala (20) and Sese Bau (18) shared 32 runs for the third wicket, which was the highest partnership of the inning. The team couldn’t stabilize after the dismissal of Assad Vala in the 20th over for 70 runs. Nepalese spinners kept troubling the visiting side as they lost the last six wickets for just 25 runs, being bowled out in 32 overs. No batter down the order managed a double-digit score.

Sandeep Lamichhane was the pick of a bowler for Nepal. He picked up the last wicket and completed the fifer (10-1-25-5), his third in ODI. Kushal Malla and Lalit Rajbanshi also picked up two wickets each, while Sompal Kami pocketed one.