Wednesday, February 8

Nepal and Namibia shares spoil

By a Staff Reporter

The ICC Men’s World Cup League-2 match between the home side Namibia and Nepal has been called off due to the rain. With the match being canceled, the home side and visitors shared a spoil at United Ground in Windhoek, Namibia.

Invited to bat first, Nepal collected 197 runs in 49.5 overs. Chasing the winning target of 198 runs, Namibia scored 4 runs in 4 balls before rain stopped the match.

Earlier, Arjun Saud and Aasif Sheikh started the innings for Nepal. Both the openers left the crease early for 18 and 20 runs respectively.

With Arjun Saud returning to the pavilion in 9.5 overs, Gyanendra Malla stepped in to play one of the best innings of his career. Gyanendra scored 75 runs off 94 deliveries with 7 fours and 2 sixes to be named the first Nepali player to complete the sixth ODI half-century.

No other batsmen except Gyandendra performed up to the mark. Captain Rohit Paudel, in 24.2 overs left the crease with 10 runs in pocket following a run-out. Dipendra Singh Airee, who left the pavilion with huge responsibility returned following a golden duck out.

Aarif Sheikh (23), Kushal Bhurtel (13), Gulsan Jha (18), Sompal Kami (10), and Sagar Dhakal got dismissed for 1 run. However, Lalit Rajbanshi remained not out for 0.

Namibian pacer Tangeni Lungameni claimed 3 wickets, Karl Birkenstock booked 2 wickets, whereas JJ Smit, Bernard Scholtz, and Gerhard Erasmus took apiece.

Nepal will now play the next match of the Namibia tour against Scotland on December 4. Nepal will see off Namibia and Scottland for the second time on December 7 and December 8 respectively.

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