Nepal lost against its South Asian rival Hong Kong by 5 wickets in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers on Wednesday. Details to follow.
Amjad’s 4-wicket haul restricts Nepal to 109
Nepali batsmen dismal performance continued on Wednesday too as Nepal posted a 110–run target against Asian rival Hong Kong in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers.
Sharad Vesawkar’s 27 off 24 deliveries was the highest score by the Nepali batsmen followed by 25 off 34 balls from Rajesh Pulami. Sompal Kami made a noticeable contribution 16 off 12 balls when Nepal was at 96-8.
Haseeb Amjad turned out to be lucky for Hong Kong to get Skipper Paras Khadka in his four-wicket haul. Khadka was dismissed lbw contributing just a single.
Irfhan Ahmed took two Nepali wickets to pile pressure further against Nepal which is in the fourth position on the basis of inferior net run rate despite having equal three points as of Papua New Guinea and Namibia.
Looking at past records of the Asian rivals, Nepal has an upper hand against Hong Kong. Nepal had defeated Hong Kong by 28 runs and five wickets in the 2012 and 2013 editions of ICC World T20 Qualifiers respectively. Similarly, Nepal had recorded 80-run win against the same opponent in ICC World Twenty20 held in Bangladesh last year. However, Nepal lost to Hong Kong by two wickets during their last encounter of T20I match played in Sri Lanka in November 2014.
Out of three matches played in the seven-team group, Nepal has a win and a defeat while one match was washed out. Nepal had defeated USA by six wickets, shared point with Namibia and facing eight wickets defeat against defending champion Ireland.