In a remarkable victory, Nepal emerged triumphant against Scotland by a narrow margin of 2 wickets. The win was made possible by the outstanding performance of captain Rohit Paudel and Karan KC, who set a new record for the ninth wicket partnership.
This victory marks a significant achievement for Nepal, as they have won all four matches for the first time in the history of One Day International (ODI) cricket under the auspices of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket League 2.
The 126th match of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 took place at the Tribhuvan International Cricket Stadium in Kathmandu between Nepal and Scotland. Nepal won the toss and elected to field first.
Both teams made a change in their lineup from their previous game. Lalit Rajbanshi replaced Gulshan Jha in the playing XI for Nepal, while for Scotland, George Munsey was included in the team, and Liam Naylor was placed on the bench.
Scotland made an average score of 212/10 in 46.1 overs and lost all their wickets. George Munsey scored 50 off 60 balls, and Matthew Cross scored 42 runs in 63 balls.
Sandeep Lamichhane took 4 important wickets. Karan KC took 3 wickets, and Lalit Rajbanshi & Kushal Malla took 1 wicket each. In the death overs, Scotland only scored 16 runs and lost 2 wickets. Nepal gave 11 extra runs with 1 wide.
When it was Nepal’s turn to bat, they lost some crucial wickets early on during the powerplay. However, But Rohit Paudel played a responsible inning of 95 of 101 balls, and Karan KC played a good inning of 31 of 37 balls.
Scotland gave 17 extra runs with 14 wide. Mark Watt contributed significantly to Scotland’s bowling attack by taking three wickets, while Chris Greaves took two wickets.
Nepal scored 213/8 in 44.1 overs and won the game by 2 wickets in hand.
The Man of the Match award was presented to Rohit Kumar Poudel for his outstanding unbeaten knock of 95 runs.
Nepal next game of the tournament will be played against Papua New Guinea on February 27 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.