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Nepal suffers a heartbreaking defeat against South Africa

Nepal has suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024. They were defeated from the hands of South Africa by just one run. Nepal once again failed to bag a win against the test-playing nation and are still unable to register any win against the test nations in 12 outings.

South Africa defeated Nepal by one run in the first-ever encounter against them. Chasing a target of 116 runs, the Nepalese side were restricted to 114/7. With the defeat against Proteas, Nepal is out of the race for Super Eight. They

Nepal openers added 35 runs before losing Kushal Bhurtel for a sluggish 13 runs in the eighth over. They lost captain Rohit Paudel for a duck in the same over of Tabraiz Shamsi. However, Aasif Sheikh and Anil Sah built a 50-run partnership to boost up Nepal’s inning.

Anil went back for 27. They lost the plot right after that and started losing wickets. Dipendra Singh Airee (6) and set batter Aasif Sheikh (42) were dismissed in the 18th over. Nepal needed 18 from 18 balls to create a history but they failed to do. Eight runs were required from the last over of Ottneil Baartman, Gulshan Jha failed to score in the first two balls and then scored a boundary followed by two runs. However, he failed to get any bat when the equation was 2 from 2. In the last ball, Jha was run out in the non-striker end while attempting to take a single as Nepal felt short by 1 run.

Tabraiz Shamsi was a pick of a bowler for them (4-0-19-4) and bagged a POTM award. Nortje and Markram grabbed one each.

Earlier, Nepal restricted South Africa to 115/7 with a brilliant bowling display from the spinners. Nepal showed a brilliant bowling display after electing to bowl first at Arnos Vale Stadium, St Vincent.

Dipendra Singh Airee dismissed de Kock to yield a first wicket for Nepal in the fourth over. Hendricks and Markram shared 46 runs for the second wicket before Kushal Bhurtel dismissed Markram for 15 in the 12th over.

Nepalese bowlers were all over the South African batter after the second wicket. They took wickets at regular intervals and gave no chance to build the partnership. Heinrich Klaasen was dismissed for 3 followed by a wicket of Reeza Hendricks who was dropped by Kushal Bhurtel at 34. He top-scored with 43 runs.

Tristan Stubbs came and played 18-ball 27* to take South Africa past that 100-run mark. Marco Jansen and Kagiso Rabada were dismissed in the last two balls of the innings.

Two spinners Kushal Bhurtel and Dipendra Singh Airee were the stand-out bowlers for Nepal. They were the bowlers sharing all seven wickets. Bhurtel grabbed four (4-0-19-4) whereas Airee picked up three (4-0-21-3).