Kathmandu: Nepal has been defeated by Oman by five wickets in a match held under the ICC World Cup League-2 triangular series.
The match was held at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground in Oman last night. Nepal, which chose to bat first after winning the toss, could muster only 196 runs losing all its wickets in the allotted 50 overs.
Oman hit the victory target of 197 runs in 31.1 overs at the loss of five wickets. Jatinder Singh’s century contributed Oman for an easy victory over Nepal. Singh played superb, collecting 107 runs in 62 balls. He was declared the ‘player of the match’. Singh hit six sixes and 12 fours.
Similarly, Mohammad Nadim was 38 not out, Suraj Kumar made 20 runs and Ayan Khan made 18 runs.
Towards bowling, Nepal’s Kushal Malla and Karan KC took two wickets each while Susan Bhari took one wicket.
Earlier, during batting, Asif Sheikh contributed 90 runs. He hit one six and seven fours while facing 112 balls. Likewise, Captain Gyanendra Malla and Karan KC made 21 runs each, Rohit Kumar Poudel collected 20 runs and Sandeep Lamichhane hit 16 runs.
In bowling, Oman’s Bilal Khan took four wickets, Nestor Dhamba two wickets while Jason Masood and Mohamad Nadeem took one wicket each.
With this win, Oman remains top on the score tally. It is in top position with 18 points from 11 matches (nine wins and two defeats). Nepal is in the sixth place. It played six matches in which it won in three and lost in three.
The USA is in second place with 12 points from 13 matches. It won in six matches and lost in seven. Scotland is in the third position with a score of nine points from eight games (four wins and three defeats), Namibia is in fourth place with eight points from seven matches (four wins and three defeats), the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is in the fifth place with seven points from seven matches (three wins and four defeats) and Papua New Guinea is at the bottom of the score tally without any point as it has faced defeat in the eight matches it has played so far.
Under League-2, each of the seven countries in the group including Nepal will play 36 one-day matches until 2023 A.D. Three top teams of League-2 will make their place in the global selection for the One-day World Cup to be organized in India in 2023 while the four teams at the bottom of the score chart will vie in the play-off games.
Nepal will be playing against USA in its next match on Friday.