Nepal lose by 3 wickets despite excellent bowling, Scotland climb to top spot

18 November, Kathmandu. Nepal on Sunday lost to Scotland in League Two of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup in Namibia.

In the match at Windhoek’s United Cricket Club Ground, Scotland completed the modest target of 138 runs given by Nepal by losing 7 wickets in 32.1 overs.

Both the teams struggled with the bat in a low scoring match. Despite scoring few runs, Nepal managed to take 7 wickets of Scotland by bowling brilliantly.

After this win, Scotland have reached the top spot with 44 points from 30 matches and by finishing in the top three, they have almost assured their place in the global qualifiers for next year’s ODI World Cup.

Oman also have 44 points after playing all 36 matches in League Two. But Scotland is on top in good net run rate. Nepal is sixth with 18 points after 22 matches.

After defeating Namibia in the first match, Scotland beat Nepal for their second consecutive win in the series.

Christopher Mabridge scored 43 for Scotland. Brandon McMullen remained unbeaten and scored 32 runs. Similarly, Michael Lisk added 22 runs.

Sagar Dhakal, Gulshan Jha and Lalit Rajvanshi took two wickets each for Nepal. Similarly, Dipendra Singh Ari took 1 wicket.

Earlier, batting first after losing the toss, Nepal scored 137 runs in 40.1 overs. Gulsan Jha, who batted at number eight for Nepal, scored the highest 29 runs. He played 29 balls and hit 3 fours and 1 six.

Gyanendra Malla scored 25 runs, Arjun Saud scored 18 runs, Captain Rohit Paudel scored 17 runs and Arif Sheikh scored 10 runs. Others could not score runs in double figures.

Scotland’s Chris Soule took 3 wickets and Mark Watt took 2 wickets to dismiss Nepal. Brandon McMullen, Safyaan Sharif and Michael Lisk took 1-1 wickets. Nepal will now play Namibia on Wednesday and Scotland on Thursday.

श्रोत : अनलाइनखबर

Himal Sanchar