Melbourne – The toothless batting lineup of Nepal team bit the dust against Jersey by 7 wickets to end their journey of ongoing ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers 2015 in Dublin (Malahide).
After the defective performance of the batters throughout the tournament, Nepalese team were expected to bounce back in the dead-rubber against Jersey but it went similar like the other day. The team went down on their knees to get defeated by the mighty Jersey team to became the first team to be knocked out of the tournament.
Unlucky Nepal lost the toss again and batted like a school boy team. The openers Binod Bhandari(3) and Pradeep Airee (2) went early. Bhandari averages 3.87 in his last 10 innings with the total of 35 runs. What’s factor that is helping him to be in the XI is the mystery.
Gyanendra Malla had to come in early again and he scored 26 runs off 33 runs with a single boundary. Paras Khadka was bowled for 11 runs. Rajesh Pulami doesn’t look like a T20 material for Nepal. He was dismissed for 4 off 10 balls. Nepal lost their half side for 61 runs in 14.5 overs.
Sharad Vesawkar tried to steadied the ship with his 16 runs inning but that didn’t lasted long. Nepal were tottering at 6-79 in 17.3 overs. A young blood with full passion of cricket and a great fan of South African AB De Villiers, came at the crease for the first time with Senior team jersey. Siddhant Lohani didn’t wait for long as he thrashed Jersey bowlers all over the park.
Lohani scored 27 runs in 16 balls with two fours and two sixes. But once he was dismissed, the team was restricted to 105/8 in 20.0 overs.
Jersey chased down the target in 16.1 overs with 7 wickets remaining. Shakti Gauchan and Paras Khadka grabbed wicket apiece. Peter Gough (27), Jonty Jenner (30), Bodenstein (27*) and Stevens (13*) were the batting scorecard for Jersey team.
Nepal concluded their journey of ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers with a win against USA and lost four matches against Hong Kong, Ireland, PNG and Jersey. There was no result against Namibia due to rain.