Kathmandu – Gyanendra Malla slammed an unbeaten 64 as Nepal relied on an all-round display to thrash Kenya by 7 wickets in the 36th match of ICC World Cricket League Championship here today.
Nepal 160 for 3 (Malla 64*, Airee 62, Otieno 2-29) beat Kenya 155 (Obuya 48, Vesawkar 4-28) by 7 wickets.
Skipper Gyanendra Malla shared a match winning 111 runs partnership with Dipendra Singh Airee for the third wicket. Sharad Vesawkar slammed 11 balls 24 runs towards the end to take Nepal to a comfortable seven-wicket win in Kirtipur.
Dipendra Singh Airee, 17, playing his second List A match, played a crucial inning of his early career with brilliant 62 runs (66b 8×4 1×6) in his second game.
Earlier, Kenya squandered away a good start as the Nepalese bowlers, led by the spinners, bowled them out for 155.
Put into bat, Kenya were restricted to 14 for 2 in fifth over. Mehboob Alam making his comeback match after almost two years was simply outstanding with this line and length. His spell of seven overs produced five consecutive maiden overs (7-5-11-2).
Collins Obuya (48) and Opener Karim (38) steadied the ship for third wicket with 79 runs partnership but the spinners checked their surge by picking up wickets at regular intervals.
Sharad Vesawkar grabbed four wickets – his best List A bowling effort. He bowled seven overs for 28 runs. Similarly, off-spinner Basant Regmi grabbed two in his eight overs. Leg Spinner, Sandip Lamichhane completed his quota of ten overs with one wicket giving away 35 runs.
With the win, Nepal earned two points and stays at Sixth position with eight points in the points table. They will play Hong Kong and UAE next in the tournament.
“I am happy with the win especially with the batting in today’s game. The bowling is always our strength. I couldn’t convert my starts to big inning and today it worked for me. In Paras’s absence, it was really hard especially the middle order in batting was weak, the boys did it and it’s good for the future of Nepal Cricket.”, Skipper Gyanendra Malla told in the press.