Nepal routs Canada for 9 wickets and makes clean sweep of ODI series

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The Nepal Men’s team cruised to 9-wicket victory at the Tribhuvan University ground on Monday, completing a clean sweep of Canada side in the 3-match series.

Opener Anil Sah and Bhim Sharki, who was promoted to Number 3 during the chase, made a match winning 189-run partnership for the second wicket to thrash the visitor inside 45 overs.

Sah scored an ubeaten 112 off 124 balls with 12 fours and two sixes while his partner Sharki registered his maiden ODI hundred in 129 balls, including 11 fours and a six. Opener Kushal Bhurtel missed out in the batting paradise.

Earlier, Nepal opted to field first and Hemant Dhami was handed ODI cap, becoming 41st Nepali player to represent in ODI. Dhami had Aaron Johnson as his first international wicket.

Navneet Dhaliwal held one end while wickets kept tumbling at the other. However, he was dismissed right after reaching his half-century. He managed five boundaries in his 82-ball innings.

Meanwhile, Srimantha Wijeyeratne (22), Harsh Thaker (29) and Shreyas Movva (25) made some contributions with the bat but couldn’t capitalize the start they got.

Nikhil Dutta, making his first appearance in this ODI series, fired two fours and a six in his innings of 45 runs before becoming the victim of Bhim Sharki’s fielding.

Canadian captain Saad Bin Zafar made a brisk unbeaten 31 off 15 balls towards the end. He muscled three boundaries and two sixes and helped his side to reach a respectable 232 for 8.

Debutant Hemant Dhami grabbed the opportunity with a stunning three wickets. Likewise, Kushal Malla pocketed two wickets. Lalit Rajbanshi and Akash Chand grabbed two wicket apiece.

Nepal won the first match by 7 runs and the second by 4 wickets.

Nepal’s captain Rohit Paudel was adjudged Player of the series for his allround performance including 95 runs and six wickets in three matches.

Nischal Tiwari
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Nischal Tiwari is the Editor of cricnepal.com. He writes cricketing stories and news, based in Oklahoma, US, and tweets at @ni5chaltiwari.

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