Nepal national cricket team faced an embarrassing loss against Canada on Wednesday night. Chasing a modest total of 189, Nepal were wrapped up for mere 105 runs, suffering a huge 83 runs loss.
Inviting the opponents to bat first, Kishore Mahato dismissed Rayyan Pathan in the first over to yield a good start for Nepal. Aaron Johnson (44) and Bhupinder Singh (10) then shared 40 runs for the second wicket to revive Canada, However, Nepal picked up continuous wickets after that as the home side were down to 118/9 in 38 overs. Shreyas Movva and Ammar Khalid then added unbeaten 70 runs for the final wicket to help Canada post a fighting total of 188 runs. Shreyas scored a half-century smashing 3 fours and a couple of sixes whilst Ammar added 30 runs.
Sandeep Lamichhane once again was the pick of the bowler for Nepal grabbing 3 wickets from his full spell. Dipendra Singh Airee picked up double while the rest of the four bowlers pocketed one wicket each.
In reply, Nepal were bowled out for meagre 105 runs in 39.2 overs. Kushal Bhurtel was the first one to walk back, followed by Pawan Sarraf (14) and Rohit Paudel (6). Dipendra Singh Airee and Aarif Sheikh’s dismissal for duck put Nepal in more trouble, losing the fifth wicket with just 37 runs on the board. Dev Khanal topped the chart with 26 runs, Basir Ahamad, Binod Bhandari, and Aadil Alam were sent back after scoring 13 each run. Skipper Lamichhane (11) was the last man to be dismissed while Karan Kc remained not out for 5 runs playing 25 deliveries.
Salman Nazar, Harsh Thaker, Bin Zafar, Rommel Shahzad, and Ammar Khalid picked up a couple of wickets each for Canada.
The Nepalese team will now head to Scotland to play the tri-series involving Namibia and the hosts Scotland under the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2.
- 10th July – Scotland vs Namibia (Titwood)
- 11th July – Namibia vs Nepal (New Cambusdoon)
- 13th July – Scotland vs Nepal (Titwood)
- 14th July – Scotland vs Namibia (Titwood)
- 16th July – Namibia vs Nepal (New Cambusdoon)
- 17th July – Scotland vs Nepal (Titwood)