In the third match of the triangular ODI series under the ongoing ICC World Cup League-2 in Namibia, Nepal lost to the home team Namibia by 86 runs.
Chasing the target of 276 runs given by Namibia at the United Cricket Club ground, Nepal lost all wickets for 189 runs in 46.5 overs. Nepal vs Namibia Scorecard
Captain Rohit Paudel scored the highest 44 runs for Nepal. Dipendra Airee scored 34 runs, Gyanendra Malla scored 30 runs, Arjun Saud scored 29 runs and Arif Sheikh scored 18 runs.
Kushal Bhurtel, who returned to the opener, scored 3 runs and was caught out by JJ Smit in the fourth over. Aasif Shaikh, who came at number three, scored 7 runs and was caught out by Smit.
Arjun Saud and Gyanendra Malla shared a partnership of 52 runs for the third wicket. After Arjun was run out in the eighteenth over, Nepal lost consecutive wickets. In the next over, Gyanendra Malla was bowled by Van Lingen. Gulsan Jha got out after scoring only 2 runs.
Rohit Paudel and Dipendra Airee shared a 56-run partnership for the sixth wicket. In the thirty-sixth over, Airee was lbw by France. In the forty-ninth over, Rohit was caught out by Trumpelmann. After that, even though Aarif Sheikh stayed on the wicket for a while, Nepal failed to return to the game. Aarif was caught out by Lungameni in the forty-fifth over.
Namibian bowlers JJ Smih, Tangeni Lungameni and Pikky Ya France took 2 wickets each. Ruben Trumpelmann, Bernard Scholtz and Michael van Lingen took 1 wicket each.
After losing the toss, Namibia scored 275 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in the scheduled 50 overs.
Michael van Lingen scored a century for Namibia. Having scored the second century of his career, he scored 119 runs in 111 balls with the help of 15 fours and 1 six. Captain Gerard Erasmus contributed 53 runs and Lofty Eaton contributed 40 runs.
With the loss of 2 wickets for 34 runs, Michael van Lingen and captain Gerhard Erasmus shared a partnership of 99 runs for the third wicket. In the thirty-fourth over, Erasmus was caught out by Lalit Rajbanshi. For the fourth wicket, Lingen shared 90 runs with Loftie Eaton and crossed the total of 200. In the 44th over, Rajbanshi caught Eaton out. After completing the century, Lingen was caught out by Sompal Kami in the 49th over.
In Nepal’s bowling, left-arm spinner Lalit Rajbanshi took the most 4 wickets in which 53 runs were spent with 1 maiden over in 10 overs. Sompal Kamil took 2 wickets and Sagar Dhakal took 1 wicket.
Taking 2 wickets in the match, Sompal has completed 50 wickets in ODI cricket. After Sandeep Lamichhane (69), Sompal is the second Nepali cricketer to achieve this record. KC has taken 43 wickets for the third most.