Courtesy of the impressive batting performance in the third and final one-day, Nepal whitewashed Kenya 3-0. The visitors chased down 256 in 47.1 overs to script their highest-ever successful run-chase in List-A matches.
Aasif Sheikh hammered a sublime 43-ball 56 to give Nepal a solid start chasing 256. Asif, who looked fresh from his century in the first match, hit 9 fours and 2 sixes. He put 73 runs for the opening partnership with Arjun Saud, who made a steady 58 off 90 balls.
Following the loss of Arjun Saud on 154-2, Nepal lost two further wickets in quick succession. Gyanendra Malla (31) and Dev Khanal (1) departed in a space of nine deliveries.
With 93 runs still to get, Nepal found themselves in a tricky position (163/4). Thanks to a resolute 95-run unbroken partnership between skipper Rohit Paudel (46 *) and Basir Ahamad (52 *) that took Nepal home by 6 wickets.
Vraj Patel took 2/47 whereas Emmanuel Bundi and Yash Talati picked one wicket apiece.
Kenya’s first innings
Kenya posted a competitive total (256/9) on the board after winning the toss. Collins Obuya top-scored Kenya’s innings with a handy 84. Similarly, Lucas Oluoch contributed a crucial 59 off just 27 balls. Hard-hitting all-rounder blasted 5 fours and as many sixes during his blistering knock.
Sukhdeep Singh, who has had tough series, made 37 before losing his wicket to Basir Ahamad.
Sompal Kami, continuing his good form, bowled an impressive spell of 10-1-36-2. On other hand, Aadil Alam took 1/56. Two Left-arm spinners – Basir Ahamad and Shahab Alam – grabbed one wicket each.
Collins Obuya, who scored 111-ball 84, bagged player of the match despite his team losing by 6 wickets. Asif Sheikh, who featured in only two matches, was named player of the series for his century and half-century in the one-day leg. Nepal won the T20I series 3-2.