Kathmandu, February 12
Nepal pulled off a dramatic win against rivals Kenya in their fourth match of ICC World Cricket League Division II, being played in Namibia.
Having won the toss, Nepal put Kenya to bat first. Although Sandeep Lamichhane claimed five wickets for just 20 runs in his 10 overs, Kenya mustered 177/8 in their allotted 50 overs. Kenya’s Collins Obuya (27) scored the most runs for the Africans. But it was tail-ender Ngoche, who stepped on the accelerator for his side, hitting two sixes in his 15-ball 23.
Nepal ‘s batting filed to impress yet again with openers Malla and Anil Shah departing without reaching double figures. Skipper Paras Khadka took the attack to the opposition for his 42 off 44 balls. However, the belonged to Aarif Sheikh (42) and Rohit Paudel (47) who guided Nepal towards the target. Nepal chased down the target in the final ball of the final over with Sompal Kami playing away on the leg side and the fielder fumbling before making the throw.
Nepal now play Canada, who have only lost to Namibia the tournament, on Wednesday. Nepal and Canada are on six points while UAE are currently third with four points. While win for Nepal will see them make it to the finals and the World Cup Qualifers, Nepal’s loss could help UAE claim the second spot. If Nepal lose to Canada and the UAE beat Namibia, UAE could grab the second spot with a better run-rate.