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Nepal wins, but batting still a concern

Kathmandu- Another inspired bowling performance set up an interesting two wicket win over tournament favorites Netherlands in the 2nd match of the ICC WCL Division 2 in a match played at United Cricket Club Ground, Namibia.

A combined bowling effort saw Nepal pack mighty Netherlands for 158 runs, and the tailenders along with Sharad Veswakar helped Nepal register a two wickets.

Sompal and karan shared the new ball again and they combined brilliantly in the power play overs to push Netherlands on back since the start. Sompal got two wickets, and Karan was equally good though he didn’t picked any wicket finishing with figures of 7-3-10-0. Paras Khadka, Shakti Gauchan, and Basanta Regmi who got 100 ICC WCL wickets in the match, took 2 wickets each. Michael Rippon was the only batsman to stand out hitting 53 runs off 117 balls.

Nepal’s chase got even worse as Nepal lost consecutive wickets of Naresh Budhayer and Gyanendra Malla in the 3rd over to Mudassar Bukhari. Subash Khaurel and Paras khadka couldn’t do much as both fell in below the scores of 20 runs. Binod entertained and carried the innings for Nepal with some explosive batting, blasting 35 runs off 30 balls which included 3 sixes.

However, it was the partnership of Shard Veswakar and Sompal Kami at the end that won Nepal the match. The pair shared a 33 runs partnership for the 8th wicket out of which Sompal scored 24 runs. Sharad remained calm and finished things off with three balls to spare. He remained not out on 24 off 53 balls.

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