Nepal registered their second successive victory in the ongoing ICC World Cup League Division 2 beating Canada by seven wickets at Wanderers Cricket Ground, in Windhoek, Namibia on Tuesday.
This is the second victory for Nepal after losing to Uganda in their first game and defeating tournament favourite Netherlands in their second match.
Nepali batsmen achieved the target of 115 runs posted by the Canadian side in just 23.1 overs. After losing the toss and being sent to bowl, Nepali Bowlers bundled out the Canadian batsmen for 114 runs in the 49.2 overs, thanks to debutant Karan KC for claiming five wickets.
Skipper Paras Khadka, who was declared man of the match, top scored 77 runs off 78 balls including 11 ‘fours’ and three ‘sixes’ paving the way for Nepal’s victory. Captain Paras Khadka was declared the man of the match.
After two opening batsmen—Naresh Budayair and Subash Khakurel—were ousted early in 1.3 and 1.4 overs with no runs, skipper Paras Khadka and Gyanendra Malla took up the crease. The partnership remained fruitful to Nepal with 114 runs in 22.5 overs until Khadka was caught out and replaced by Binod Bhandari.
Malla and Binod Bhandari remained not out with 32 and one runs respectively. The last strike of Bhandari added one run to the existing 114 and achieved the target posted by Canada.
The overall run rate of Nepali side was 4.96 per over against the 2.31 of Canadian side.
Debutant KC of the Nepali bowling squad proved to be a thorn in foot of the Canadian batting lineup for he took five wickets for 22 runs. This is the first five wicket spell for the Nepali fast bowler who is playing his debut international cricket.
For the Canadian side Satsimranjit Dhindsa, scored 25 runs off 37 balls followed by Jimmy Hansra who made 22 runs off 103 balls before falling prey to a catch by Binod Bhandari.
With the victory, Nepal’s chance of remaining in Division 2 has grown stronger while there is good possibility of ascending to Division 1.