Vice-captain Gyanendra Malla’s half century helped Nepal defeat USA by six wickets as it made a flying start in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier match on Friday.
Nepal chased 122 runs target losing four wickets with two balls to spare as Gyanendra scored 52 runs facing only 43 deliveries that included a six and six boundaries in the Group A match at Belfast, Stormont in Ireland.
Paras, who remained not out on 21 runs off 17 balls, hit the crucial boundary when Nepal needed eight runs from the last over. However, Sharad Vesawakar (2 off 3) hit the winning run in the fourth ball of the 20th over.
Although Nepal made poor start while chasing 122 runs as opener Sagar Pun (6 off 5) was bowled by Jasdeep Singh in the first over. Singh also also claimed Gyanendra’s wicket in the 15.1 over.
However, Gyanendra shared highest 78-runs partnership for the second wicket with Anil Mandal (29 off 42), the second highest run scorer for Nepal, to guide Nepal towards a much needed victory.
Anil, who was a member of the Nepal squad during ICC World Twenty20 held in Bangladesh last year, hit a boundary. Skipper Paras smashed two fours in his innings.
USA’s Jasdeep took highest two wickets of Nepal.
Earlier, three wickets each from Basant Regmi and Shakti Gauchan helped Nepal restrict USA to 121/10 in the allotted 20 overs.
Shakti Gauchan gave away only 16 runs, while Basant gave away 24 runs in four overs spell.
Sompal Kami, who gave away 22 runs in four overs, bagged two wickets and Sagar Pun took one.
USA made a flying start after winning the toss and opting to bat first, however, Nepali bowlers took control over the game as soon as USA lost Fahad Babar (25 runs off 15 balls) in the third over and Shiva Vishishat (3) in the seventh over.
Sagar Pun gave Nepal its breakthough, taking Fahad’s wicket, while Sompal Kami added pressure on USA with Shiva’s wicket.
Opener Akeem Dodson’s 39 runs off 33 balls was crucial for USA, which helped them put the said total on board. Akeem hit a six and four boundaries, while Fahad smashed a six and three fours.
Akeem shared 27 runs stand for the first wicket with Fahad and added 24 runs with Shiva Vashishat (3) for the second wicket.
Akeem’s wicket in the 12.1 over taken by Shakti Gauchan turned out to be crucial to restrict the opponent on average total. Shakti also claimed the wickets of Karan Ganesh (15) and Japen Patel (1).
Basant proved himself by taking wickets of the middle order batsmen Mrunal Patel (7) as well as Timil Patel (2) and tail-ender Adil Bhatti (14).
Nepal will next play Namibia in its second match on Satuarday at the same venue.
In another match of Group A, co-host Ireland beat Namibia by seven wickets.
Source : My Republica