Nepal emerged victorious in their final practice match ahead of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers. In a game held at the Jimbova Sports Club on Thursday, Nepal defeated Oman by two wickets.
Having bowled first, Oman set a target of 268 runs. Nepal chased down the total in 44.5 overs, losing eight wickets in the process.
Kushal Bhurtel played a remarkable innings for Nepal, contributing the highest score of 101 runs. Bhurtel’s knock came off just 94 balls, including 13 fours and 2 sixes.
Other notable contributions for Nepal came from Bhim Sarki with 56 runs off 74 balls, captain Rohit Kumar Paudel with 31 runs off 28 balls, and Dipendra Singh Airee with 26 runs off 22 balls. Asif Sheikh scored 23 runs off 24 balls, while Kushal Malla was dismissed for 17 runs.
For Oman, Zeeshan Maqsood, the captain, played a brilliant innings, scoring a century. Maqsood’s impressive knock of 109 runs came off 106 balls, anchoring Oman’s innings. Shoaib Khan provided valuable support with a quickfire 68 runs off just 38 balls.
Nepal’s bowling attack put up a commendable performance, with Sompal Kami leading the way by taking 5 wickets. Sandeep Lamichhane claimed 3 wickets, while Karan KC and Pratishtan Jaisi grabbed 1 wicket each.
The ICC World Cup Qualifiers will commence from June 18 in Zimbabwe. Nepal will play their first match against the home team, Zimbabwe, on the same day.