Guest Contributor | May 20, 2019 | 0
Namibia cricket tour to Asia disappointing
Nepal beat Namibia in its second consecutive victory in their ICC World Cricket League Championship clash at the Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground in Kirtipur on Monday.
This was yet another match they lost in Asia, after falling prey to Afghanistan, last week in their ICC Intercontinental Cup match at Greater Noida Sports Complex ground.
For the match played early this week, Namibia got off to a solid start, with Stephan Baard and the Under 19 sensation, Zane Green put on 95 runs for the opening wicket but Nepal proved to much to handle, as the Namibian wickets tumbled at will.
Baard had scored a 60-ball 51 when he fell to Sandeep Lamichhane, the leg-spinner. Wickets fell in a flurry thereafter and Namibia was reduced to 114 for 5, before Burger took charge and batted with the tail to steady the innings.
He scored a 60-ball 43, putting on mini stands with Nicolaas Scholtz (22), JP Kotze (32) and JJ Smit (14).
Meanwhile, Nepal’s, Paras Khadka’s century was the highlight of the match as he scored an impressive 103 runs off 94-balls as Nepal chased down 240 runs in 49.5 overs to seal a three-wicket victory.
Nepal’s chase got off to a tricky start when the openers were sent back with just 37 on the board. But Khadka took charge, and it was one-way traffic for the most part thereafter.
Khadka put on a 167-run stand with Sharad Vesawkar, who played second fiddle as the Nepal captain attacked. Khadka hammered seven sixes and five fours in his knock and, by the time he was dismissed, Nepal had 204 and looked well on course for victory.
However, it encountered a slide after that as Sarel Burger, the medium pacer, ran through the middle order, but it was all in vain. Nepal’s Vesawkar held firm and ended unbeaten on a 107-ball 74 to help complete the chase with just one ball to spare.
Meanwhile, the win lifted Nepal to sixth position in the eight-team table, as Namibia continued to struggle at position 7, having now lost five of the six matches it has played.