Kathmandu, April 21
Nepal were victorious during their ACC Men’s Premier Cup match in Kathmandu on Thursday. Nepal beat Oman by 84 runs at TU Cricket Ground.
Put to bat first at TU Cricket Ground, Nepal got off to the worst possible start losing both openers without a run being put on the board. Then, Bhim Sarki, Rohit Paudel and Aarif Sheikh helped steady the innings.
But the real hero of Nepal’s innings was Kushal Malla who scored his maiden century ending up with 108 in only 64 balls. That and a late burst from Sompal Kami (63) and Karan KC (29) helped Nepal to reach 310, their highest score in a 50-over match.
In reply, Oman could not cope with Nepal’s spinners who kept taking wickets at regular intervals. Sandeep Lamichhane picked up his 100th wicket becoming the fastest to take 100 wickets in ODIs. Lamichhane ended up with three wickets. Lalit Rajbanshi and Dipendra Singh Airee were also impressive as they took one and two wickets respectively while Karan KC took three wickets as Oman fell 84 short of the target.
Nepal also won their first match under the ACC Men’s Premier Cup against Malaysia earlier this week. Nepal will take on Saudi Arabia on Monday at Mulpani Cricket Ground.
The winner of the ACC Men’s Premier Cup will reach the Asia Cup where they will take on India and Pakistan.
Qatar will take on Saudi Arabia at TU Cricket Ground and Bahrain will take on Kuwait at Mulpani Cricket Ground on Saturday.