Nepal Flying To The ICC T20 Cricket World Cup On a Winning Note

On today’s fifth and final encounter with West Indies A, Nepal tasted the sweetest win of 6 wickets after back to back 3 defeats in a row.

Though the starting and the ending matches of the series were won by Nepal, the winner of the series ended up being West Indies A with 3 back to back wins out of 5 total matches. Despite losing the series title, today’s win was a much-needed push to boost the confidence of Nepali players as the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup is around the corner.

Winning the toss West Indies opted to bat first and posted 172/7 runs to chase for Nepal in the second innings. The first over went well for the West Indies A side but the wicket from Sagar Dhakal on the second over dismissing Kadeem Alleyne (11) built a bit of pressure on the batting side.

Eight over resulted to be another critical over for West Indies as again Sagar Dhakal bagged 2 more wickets of Mark Deyal (11) and Johnson Charles (24) shifting the chances of winning to the Nepali side. The momentum between Roston Chase and Alick Athanaze was going well as they shared 44 runs together but Abinash Bohara dismissed Roston Chase (33) and Matthew Forde was the fifth batsman to bid goodbye to the pitch.

Sompal Kami anchored the ship for Nepal as he picked wickets of Fabian Allen, Gudakesh Motie, and Alick Athanaze.

Nepal Flying To The ICC T20 Cricket World Cup On a Winning Note

To conclude the bowling performance of the Nepali side, Sompal Kami and Sagar Dhakal got three wickets each. Sompal bowled all four overs and ended with a figure of 4-0-16-3 whereas Sagar bagged a figure of 2-0-17-3. Abinash Bohara bagged one wicket (4-0-49-1). Kushal Bhurtel (4-0-25-0) did well whereas Dipendra Airee was expensive (3-0-39-3).

Loosing Kushal Bhurtel early is not a new thing these days. He was dismissed by Obed McCoy in the second over after 13 runs. Aasif Sheikh and Anil Shah displayed great momentum securing 96 runs together until Sheik departed with 51 runs in the 14th over and Anil on the 17th over with 58 runs.

Both of these duo, managed to get their half-centuries. The final 22 runs for Nepal were from Kushal Malla with four boundaries and a six marking the end of the series in the 18.5 over.

To wrap batting performance of  Nepal in a nutshell, Anil Sah was the top scorer for Nepal with 58 runs on 45 balls followed by Aasif Sheikh with 51 runs on 35 balls.

Kushal Malla is the third-highest scorer with 37 runs on 18 balls. And Kushal Malla and Dipendra Singh Airee as fourth and fifth respectively with 13runs on 9 balls and 5runs on 6 balls.


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