Kathmandu – Uganda thrashed batting fragile Nepal by 2 runs in the first match of ICC WCL DIV 2 to start the tournament on a positive note.
Nepal, chasing a partly score of 146 runs were dismissed for just 144 runs in a match that turned out interesting towards the end. By the end of 47th over, Nepal were 120/8 needing 27 runs to win from 18 balls. Shakti Gauchan blasted two sixes in the 48th over to bring the match alive and the equation for Nepal to win was 14 runs required from 12 balls. Shakti got out 3 balls latter going for a big hit with Nepal still requiring 13 from 9 balls.
New batsman in, Karan KC scored a boundary in the first ball of the last over, next two balls were singles, Karan couldn’t capitalize on the fourth ball, while the fifth ball was a leg bye. Now, Nepal needed 3 runs to win from the last ball with Basanta Regmi on strike. Regmi was eventually caught out by Brain Masaba in the last ball, handing Uganda a two run win.
Subash Khakurel’s 32 runs off 69 balls, Naresh Budhyer’s 16 runs off 31 balls had given Nepal a healthy start,but, Nepal lost the momentum in the middle overs which cost them the match. Apart from Gyanendra Malla’s 34 runs off 66 balls, none other batsman score was worth remembrance.
Earlier, skipper Paras Khadka’s impressive bowling helped Nepal crumble Uganda for a partly 146 runs in 49.5 overs. Khadka finished with brilliant bowler figures of 9-3-14-3, his best bowling figure in List A games.
Sompal Kami and karan KC,as expected, shared the new ball after Uganda won the toss and decided to bat first. Sompal and Karan did a good job in the power play giving no chance for the Ugandan opening pair to free their arms. The first wicket, however, was taken by the Skipper khadka, who bowled right arm medium pace. He had Uganda’s key player Roger Mukasa caught by Subash Khakurel for 13 runs in the 11th over.
Four overs later, he trapped Arthur Kyobe leg before for 23 runs leaving Uganda 40/2 in 14.5 overs. Runs dried thereafter for Uganda, and they were not able to rotate the strike against disciplined bowling of Paras Khadka and Shakti Gauchan.
Paras was again on the card dismissing Philemon Mukobe for 3 runs off 14 balls in the 21st over. Shakti Gauchan then joined the party with the wicket of Abram Mutyagaba whoes painful stay included 10 runs off 41 balls. Brain Mukasa who had scored 51 runs against Nepal on a wining cause in DIV 3, 2014 anchored Uganda’s hope along with Davis Karashani, sharing a 65 runs partnership for the fifth wicket. Both these batsman were dismissed in an over of Basanta Regmi to leave Uganda tattering at 122/6 in the 43rd over.
Somapal Kami and Basanta Regmi destroyed Uganda’s tail with some tight bowling, eventually bundling them for 146 runs in 49.5 overs. Nepal faces pre-tournament favorites Netherlands tomorrow. The match starts at 1:15 NST.