Sanjay Gautam writer/Cricket Enthusiast
Winning the toss, Nepal opted to bat first in the damp ground of UKM Cricket oval, Bangi up against Hong Kong.
Nepal was with same spin heavy attack with no change in the playing eleven from last match. With moisture in the pitch, it was obvious, it would assist the seamer where as Nepal was with lone genuine pacer kami in their arsenal.
Subash khakurel and Anil kumar sah opened the inning for Nepal side but Tanwir Afzal took just first ball of his over to reduce Nepal for 0 runs for 1 wickets as flopped Khakurel departed towards pavilion with golden duck.
In came Captain Paras khadka joined the Anil in the the middle and duo added 22 runs from 48 balls before khadka played very loose shot to get himself caught behind the wicket by Hong kong’s wicketkeeper.
Another senior man Malla came and started quite slowly as his old fashion but couldn’t able to carry the inning long as he got out in very next over before Anil threw his wicket to the Aizaz Khan.
Nepal were 53 for 5 in 17.3 overs, from there Nepal couldn’t able to recover the innings as top order was completely bamboozled by Hong kong seamers.
Partnership of 34 runs between Basant Regmi and Aarif sheikh was the highest one before Nepal side bundle out for just 95 runs in the board.
Aarif sheikh’s 18 runs was the highest individual runs among the Nepalese batters. Pace duo of Tanwir Afzal and Aizaz khan shared 2 wickets each to muddled the top orders where as offie Eshan khan took 4 wickets to wrap the lower orders of Nepal side.
From Hong kong side regular opener Christopher Carter and Anshuman Rath came to the middle to chase the modest total of 95.This time Nepalese captain Paras khadka called star leggie Sandeep lamichane early to bowl and he didn’t disappointed as he bowled the Christopher Carter in his fifth delivery of his opening over of his quota.
Young sensation Sandeep dented the wicket regularly but Hong Kong captain Anshuman stood tall from other end to carry innings to the safe end before he caught by malla of lamichane’s delivery. 31 runs partnership between Rath and kinchit Shah was enough to hand over 3 wickets wins over Nepal side.
Rath played captain’s knock of 52 runs to land the Hong kong’s flight safely.
From Nepal’s bowling prospective Lamichane was the lone fighter as he took his second fifer in list A game but that wasn’t enough to prevent Nepal’s boat from sinking as Hong managed to chase down the target in 32.3 over. Regmi and pun shared 1 wicket each in thier bowling spell.
With this loss , slime of Nepal before the match has ended as Hong kong almost qualified for top two spot in the point table.