By: Binit Bhattarai
Cricket, one of the most played and most popular game in Nepal. Nepal has been taking parts in different tournaments since there involvement in Asian Cricket Council (ACC) since 1990 and International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1996. As the road to the World Cup 2015 ICC categorized the teams in different divisions and the last reaching the division 1 will be able to take part in the tournament held by ICC with the Full Members.
As the road to the Division One, Nepal had to play game with other teams that were in the same division, that was division Four. The top two teams among the five teams would be promoted to Division Three and low two teams would be relegated to Division Five. Nepal had done good in Division Five,held at Capital Kathmandu in the year 2010, Wining the tournament Nepal reached to the Division four, Loosing to USA in 2010 Nepal had to be in the same Division and this year getting a chance to play in Division Four Nepal had to play with USA , Singapore , Denmark , Tanzania , and the Host Malaysia.
1st Match : Nepal Vs Singapore (3/09/2012)
As expected by the Nepali team and the Nepali Cricket lover, the team Started with the Win against Singapore. After the wonderful bowling by Amrit Bhattarai (9-0-28-4) and Basanta Regmi (9.5-1-30-3) the target to the Nepali team was 112 from 50 overs. The poor part of Nepal showed in this match too, the batting was being the problem for the Nepali team, the team came back to game after the game once was at 47/5 in 13.4 overs. The pitch and game was hold by Shakti Gauchan (18 from 56 balls) and Pradeep Airee (34 from 25 balls). The team got their first win in just 24.5 Overs and the win was with 5 Wickets.
Amrit Bhattarai for his four Wickets was awarded with the Man of the Match.
Scorecard for the Nepal Vs Singapore here
2nd Match : Nepal Vs Tanzania (4/09/2012)
Second match and on the regular day, Nepali team had to win this one too and they did it at the last. Loosing the Toss, Nepal was forced to Field and that came to become the good choice to the team when they packed Tanzania in 82 Runs in just 31.4 Overs. The best performance here was from the Captain Paras Khadka ( 9-3-24-4), Paras was supported by all the team mates in the field and bowling. Basanta Regmi (6.4-2.14-3) helped Paras with Binod Das ( 7-3-15-2) and Shakti Gauchan( 3-0-8-1). It took 19 overs and two wickets to win the match by 8 wickets to Nepal . 20 Runs from Khakurel and 28* Runs from Gyanendra Malla helped Nepal for the victroy and 2 points in the table.
Desrerving Paras Khadka for his Spell with four wickets was awared with the Man of the Match .
Scorecard for the Nepal Vs Tanzaina here
3rd Match: Malaysia Vs Nepal (6/09/2012)
Loosing the toss, forced to field Nepali team played a wonderful match and packed Malaysia for just 69 Runs in 32.1 Overs. Wonderful bowling by Shakti Gauchan (10-8-2-3) and the help by Basanta Regmi (8.1-3-12-3) , Amrit Bhattarai (6-1-19-2) , Binod Das (5-1-28-1) and Sanjam Regmi ( 3-0-6-1). Chasing the 70 Runs Nepali team got the score in 12.2 overs with the great batting of Subash Khakurel (24 runs from 34 Balls) and Anil Mandal (41 Runs from 40 Balls), That was the third win for the Nepali team and was a 10 wickets win against Malaysia.
With out a Doubt with the Economy of 0.20 and 3 wickets in hand Shakti Gauchan Was awarded with the Man of the Match
Scorecard for Malaysia Vs Nepal here
4th Match: Nepal Vs USA (07/09/2012)
The first win of the toss in the tournament Nepal Captain Paras Khadka decides to bat first. With Subash Khakurel’s 115 Runs , Gyanendra Malla’s 46 Runs and Paras Khadak’s 41 Runs, Nepal set the target of 259 loosing 8 wickets in 50 overs. Scoring excellent 115 runs from 142 Balls Subash became the fourth Nepali to score the Century in 50 overs international Match, After Shakti Gauchan’s 106 Runs against Italy, Raju Khadka’s 105 against Bhutan and Sarad Veswakar’s 105 against Fiji.
Before Sanjam Regmi took the wicket of Nadakarni (84 runs from 106 balls) of USA, Nepal was almost loosing their hope. Basanta Regmi (10-1-35-5) again helped Nepal win the Match. Sanajam Regmi (10-2-50-2) , Shakti Gauchan (8.2-1-45-2) helped Basanta from another end and packed USA for 226 Runs from 48.2 Overs. Nepal Finally won the match by 32 runs and took the revenge of the loss of the Division four match previous year.
Subash Khakural for his excellent 115 Runs was awarded Man Of the match .
Scorecard For Nepal vs USA here
5th Match: Nepal Vs Denmark (09/09/2012)
With four straight win Nepal was on the top of the Table, Nepal was almost on the Division Three only less conditions would let Nepal be out of the tournament and be in Division Three. Straight 5th win would be the easy chance to be in the Division Three and so did the Nepali team, they won the match against the Denmark. Nepal as in previous match won the toss and elected to bat. With the another century from a Nepali Cricketer in Senior Level by Anil Mandal scored 113 to make the team score to 240. On the other end all the batsmen from Nepal helped Anil score the runs.
Chasing 241 Runs from 50 overs, after some time of the 2nd inning their was a Rain which reduced the 156 in 31 overs. With Paras Khadka’s 6-1-34-4 Nepal won the Match with 25 Runs .
Anil Mandal was awarded with Man of the Match for his 113 Runs.
Scorecard For Nepal Vs Denmark here
Final: Nepal Vs USA (10/09/2012)
Being promoted to Division Three Nepal and USA had a last fight. With all the wins Nepal was confident of wining the Final. USA was ready to take the revenge of their lost in the league match. USA this time won the Toss and asked Nepal to field first. Nepal then did a superb job by taking all the USA team wickets giving 145 Runs in 48.1 Overs. Basanta Regmi (9.1-2-20-5) helped Nepal to get the low target with other bowlers.
Basanta Regmi was awarded with the Man of the Match and Player of the Series award.
Scorecard for Nepal Vs USA Final here
Basanta Taking 21 wickets with the economy of 2.80 was the key player for Nepal this tournament. Subash Khakurel and Anil Mandal scoring the Fourth and Fifth Century for Nepal in Senior Level was also the great achievement from this tournament. But Finally at Division 3 was the greatest Achievement for the Nepal. The Road for 2015 World Cup is not that far for Nepali team , all they need now is Support from the government and some serious practice.
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