Kathmandu – Nepal won a nail-biting thriller against Kuwait by just 1 run in a must win match today at TU Ground.
Nepal bowlers tried everything to restrict Kuwait below the target but the match came to the wire at the last over. Prithu Baskota was given the ball and he gave SIX in his first ball, then wicket off a wide ball. He gave 3 wides in a row. It was wicket again in his second ball, a single in his third. Azmatullah Nazeer then hit fourth ball out of the boundary. The pressure was on both the team.
With last wicket needed and 2 runs needed off 2 balls, Prithu then delivered what was expected by a large audience and the team. Khakurel broke the stump of Nazeer and Nepal won the match by 1 run.
Saud Qamar’s 39 off 42 balls (3 fours, 1 six) couldnot save the defeat. Captain Azmatullah Nazeer tried pull back at the end hitting 12 off 5 balls (1 four, 1 six) but the luck didn’t favor them today.
Paras Khadka & Basanta Regmi took two wickets each while Man of the Match Prithu Baskota took 3 wickets.
Before, Kuwait invited Nepal for batting on a chilly morning. Nepal had a good start with the Openers Subash Khakurel and Anil Mandal. They had a 49 runs stand today. Wicket keeper Subash was the top scorer for Nepal. He made 40 runs off 32 balls, 8 fours but was leg before off Abdullah Akhunzada.
Gyanendra Malla (16 off 22 balls), Prithu Baskota (16 off 16 balls), M. Alam (14 off 8 balls) were the performance of Nepali batters today. Paras Khadka went for a duck. While, unbeaten Basanta Regmi scored 10 off 7 balls with 1 six closed the innings for Nepal.
At the end of 20 overs, Nepal posted a challenging total of 126/6. Mohammed Asghar & Abdullah Akhunzada took two wickets each for Kuwait.
A large number of spectators around 7,000 attended the Tribhuvan University Ground to cheer their home team.
Nepal will face Saudi Arabia tomorrow in a must win situation to reach the semi-finals of the tournament and book a place in 16 team ICC World 20 Qualifiers provided Hongkong lose to UAE.