Nepal clinched a 6-run win against the Houston Hurricanes

Nepal clinched a 6-run win against the Houston Hurricanes in the warm-up match held at Prairie View Cricket Complex on 25th June.

Starting with the batting, Nepal took the first turn to score. They managed to post a total of 146/8 in their innings. Unfortunately, the openers Kushal Bhurtel (1) and Aasif Sheikh (4) didn’t quite find their rhythm on the field. However, the partnership between Anil Sah and Rohit Paudel (23) provided some stability after the two early wickets of Nepal. Paudel made a solid contribution of 23 runs before Kushal Malla’s 12 runs. Anil Sah took the lead with an impressive 47 runs, while Gulshan Jha chipped in with a crucial 20 runs. Sundeep Jora added 21 runs, and Karan KC finished unbeaten with 10 runs.

In response, the home team got off to a strong start in their chase for 147 runs but started losing wickets at regular intervals, which put Nepal in control. Lahiru Milantha top-scored with 33 runs, and Ali Sheikh added 23. With 24 runs needed from the last two overs, Abinash Bohara took a wicket on the first ball of the second-to-last over but gave away 14 runs. Karan KC then had the task of defending ten runs in the final over, where he took one wicket and conceded only three runs, securing the win for Nepal. Sompal Kami and Karan KC both claimed two wickets each, while Kushal Bhurtel, Sagar Dhakal, Abinash Bohara, and Rohit Paudel each took one wicket.

After the game, Nepal and the Houston Hurricanes engaged in a super over as well. Houston managed to score 15 runs against Abinash Bohara, but Nepal’s Kushal Malla smashed a maximum off the first ball and a boundary off the fourth ball, sealing the victory. Prior to this match, Nepal had arrived in the USA following a 2-1 win in a three-match T20 series against the Windward Volcanoes. Tomorrow, they will once again face the Houston Hurricanes before heading into the official warm-up games for the T20 World Cup 2024.

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