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Van Lingen’s century powers Namibia to 285

Michael van Lingen

Michael van Lingen’s consecutive century against Nepal helps Namibia post a decent total against Nepal in the first match of the Tri-Series at TU Cricket Ground. Lingen’s career-best 133 and Zane Green’s electrifying cameo at the end saw Namibia post 285 after 50 overs.

Sompal Kami dismissed Louwrens in the third over before Sandeep Lamichhane knocked out Karl Birkenstock in his second ball after the comeback, as the Eagles were 45/2 in the 11th over. Gerhard Erasmus and Michael van Lingen then shared a huge partnership to boost the visitors’ inning. The duo added 124 runs for the third wicket before Kushal Malla yielded the breakthrough, sending Erasmus for 56 runs.

Van Lingen, on the other hand, scored his highest score in ODI, surpassing his previous best of 121 against Nepal itself. The southpaw, who was dropped at 55 by Rohit Paudel got another life later after Sompal Kami misjudged his catch at long-on, leading to a six while batting at 75. Lingen smacked nine fours and five sixes in his 137 balls inning.

Zane Green whacked a 19-ball 34 at the end with four boundaries and one maximum. Ruben Trumpelmann also smacked 11 runs from 4 balls. 

Karan Kc, who is nicknamed Valentine’s boy, grabbed a five-wicket haul for Nepal. This is his second five-for for Nepal in ODI. Sandeep Lamichhane also picked up three wickets in his comeback match (10-0-66-3). Kushal Malla and Sompal Kami also pocketed one each.