Scotland outplays Nepal to register a back-to-back win

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Scotland defeated Nepal in the second One-day International match of the Namibia tour. The previous game against the hosts was called off after the rain interruption in the second inning. Meanwhile, Scotland bags four points with two wins from two matches.

Scotland chased the tiny total of 138 with 17.5 overs spare, losing seven wickets. Opener Christopher McBride top scored with 43 runs. It was Brandon McMullen who remained till last and finished things for his side with a six. He scored an unbeaten 32 from 34 balls while Michael Leask added 22 runs.

Lalit Rajbanshi, Gulshan Jha and Sagar Dhakal picked up two wickets each for Nepal. Dipendra Singh Airee also pocketed one scalp.

Earlier, Invited to bat first, Nepal were bowled out for a mere 137 in 40.1 overs. Nepal lost Aasif Sheikh early on and could only add 26 runs from the powerplay. Arjun Saud had to walk back for sluggish 18 in the 13th over after a miscommunication with Gyanendra Malla.

Malla didn’t last long as he was sent back for 25 four-overs later. Nepal lost the fifth wicket for 80 runs when Chris Sole dismissed Aarif Sheikh (10) and Kushal Bhurtel (0) in two successive balls in the 24th over. Skipper Rohit Paudel and Dipendra Singh Airee were also unable to do anything special against the mighty Scottish bowlers.

Gulshan Jha topped the scorecard with a run-a-ball 29 runs at the end. He smashed only six of the inning.

Chris Sole picked up three wickets for Scotland. Mark Watt pocketed a couple while Brandon McMullen, Michael Leask and Safyaan Sharif also grabbed one wicket each.

Nepal will face Namibia on Wednesday, 7th December.

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