Nepal pulled out an amazing victory in the second match of the SAARC U-25 Twenty20 Cricket Tournament against India(KIC) by six wickets at the Ahmed Ali Didi grounds in Maldives on Thursday.
Winning the toss, India decided to bat first and made a big total of 218 runs playing all 20 overs loosing 4 wickets. Rahul Bhatkal scored 99 not out for India. Nepali skipper Paras Khadka grabbed three wickets for Nepal.
In reply, Nepal made a good start and reached the total losing four wickets. Paras Khadka scored 63 runs, while Vice Captain Gyanendra Malla made unbeatean 67 runs. The duo scored 111 runs in last six overs to pull up the match out of nowhere. Openers Anil Mandal made 31 and Mahesh Chetri added 26 to Nepal´s run chase. They also made 51 runs opening partnership.
They needed 11 runs in the last six balls of the match with six wickets in hand. Paras scored massive six in the first ball, a wide next ball, single and then it was Gyanendra Malla who hit another Six to conclude the Match. Nikhil Kashyap grabbed three wickets for India.
Paras Khadka was adjudged Man of the Match for his allround performance in the match. “Paras and Gyanu(Gyanendra Malla) made us proud today. We are on Mission, though bowling didnot worked as planned but our batting gave the answer”, Opener Mahesh Chhetri told to Cricnepal.
It was a huge victory for Nepal. Bowlers had a tough time again. But the bat did all the beating for what the Fans were expecting and it came with a surprise. They are celebrating the victory all over the social media. Earlier Nepal lost to Srilanka by 76 runs. Nepal will now play against Pakistan on November 5.
|KIOC (India) Innings 218-4 (20 overs maximum)||Runs|
|Nishanth Singh||b Prithu||43|
|Suraj Sampath||c Mahesh b Paras||10|
|Anirudh Joshi||b Paras||11|
|Darshan KV||c Mahesh b Paras||1|
|Rahul Bhatkal||not out||99*|
|Nikhil Kashyap||not out||45|
|Extras||(w7, nb1, lb1)||9|
|Total||(4 wickets; 20 overs)||218|
|FoW: 1-15, 2-30, 3-37, 4-130|
|Nepal Bowling: Paras Khadka 4-0-26-3, Amrit Bhattarai 4-0-41-0, Krishna Karki 4-0-37-0, Pradeep Airee 2-0-36-0, Prithu Baskota 3-0-45-1, Rahul VK 3-0-24-0
|Nepal Innings 218-4 (20 overs maximum)||Runs|
|Mahesh Chhetry||b Nikhil||26|
|Anil Mandal||c Darshan b Nikhil||31|
|Sharad Vesawkar||st Darshan b Anish DV||18|
|Binod Bhandari||c Nishanth b Nikhil||0|
|Paras Khadka||not out||63*|
|Gyanendra Malla||not out||67|
|Extras||(w9, nb5, b2, lb1)||17|
|Total||(4 wickets; 20 overs)||222|
|FoW: 1-51, 2-69, 3-69, 4-106|
|KIOC bowling: Tarun Muthannas 4-0-33-0, Manju Nath 2.3-0-56-0, Anish DV 4-0-32-1, Anirudh Joshi 3-0-39-0, Nikil Kashyap 4-1-40-3, Himmath Singh 2-0-19-0.|