ICC- Nepal recorded its first win of the tournament with a convincing eight-wicket victory over Bermuda at Selangor Turf Club. Having faced a embarrassing defeat at hands of Uganda yesterday Nepal bouNced back with a match that was recapitualtion of 2013 WCL Div-3 match against Bermdua. With the win nepal are second on the points table with, accounting for a better run rate than than USA, Singapore and Malaysia who all have one win each.
After sending Bermuda in to bat, Paras Khadka’s men dismissed the young Bermuda side for 100 inside 41 overs before chasing down the target in 11.1 overs with eight wickets in hand.
Christian Burgess was again a stalwart for Bermuda, with his 68-ball knock of 28 the highest for his team. Trey Manders chipped in with 21, but Bermuda lost wickets regularly and was dismissed for 100 in 40.1 overs.
For Nepal, Shakti Gauchan starred with the ball, claiming two wickets for seven runs, while Amrit Bhattarai and Basant Regmi also claimed two wickets.
In reply, Nepal went straight for the boundaries, with Subash Khakurel’s 22-ball knock of 30 including four fours and one six, and man of the match Binod Bhandari smashing a 31-ball 43 with eight fours and one six to see his side reach victory in 11.1 overs.
Nepal skipper Paras Khadka was pleased with the convincing result: “After the loss yesterday we were pretty disappointed, we had to come back strong and I think the boys put up a very good performance. The bowlers set it up and the batters put on a clinical performance. This is just the beginning, so we will take it one game at a time.”
The 27-year-old continued: “We wanted to get our run rate as high as possible. In World Cricket Leagues, the run rates always play a very important role, so that is why we pushed. Binod Bhandari batted very well, and all the bowlers contributed with a couple of wickets, so overall it was a very good team performance.”
Bermuda captain Janeiro Tucker was disappointed with the loss: “We didn’t bat out the innings, instead of batting for 10 or 20 overs, we need to make sure we bat out 50 overs. We need to work on our line, so we’ll go back today, talk about a few things, and refocus for Sunday. We will be looking for a win. If we can win against Malaysia and Singapore, and get a good result against Uganda, we’ll be in a good position.”