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Vesawkar, Bhandari help Nepal to its first win in the WCL

Duo helps host reach target in 47.1 overs after bowlers restrict Namibia to 195 for 9

Vesawkar, Bhandari help Nepal to its first win in the WCL - Cricket News
Nepal beat Namibia by five wickets.
Nepal beat Namibia by five wickets in an exciting ICC World Cricket League Championship encounter in front of a 15,000-strong gathering at Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground in Kirtipur in Nepal on Saturday (April 16) evening.
This was Nepal's first win in five matches in the tournament, and the two points earned puts them at par with Namibia and United Arab Emirates at the bottom of the eight-team points table.

Set a target of 196, Nepal stuttered in the beginning, but recovered through an unbeaten sixth-wicket stand of 84 in 87 balls between Sharad Vesawkar and Binod Bhandari to get over the line in 47.1 overs.

Naresh Budayair and Gyanendra Malla did give Nepal a good start, putting up 42 runs in 11 overs, before Gerrie Snyman bowled Malla out for 21. Zhivago Groenewald removed Budayair in the next over, and a mini collapse ensued. Sarel Burger accounted for Paras Khadka and Riju Rijal and Snyman sent Rajesh Pulami back to reduce Nepal to 113 for 5 in 32.4 overs.

But that brought together Vesawkar and Bhandari, who refused to bow to the pressure and found the fence regularly while rotating the strike well as the fight slowly went out of Namibia.

Vesawkar, who hit the winning run, was not out on 50 off 99 balls and Bhandari remained unbeaten on 40 off 49 deliveries when the match was won.

Earlier, after choosing to bat, Namibia got off to a decent start with Stephan Baard and Zane Green hitting five boundaries between them in the first two overs. But Sompal Kami broke the 25-run opening stand by trapping Baard lbw. From then on, Nepal struck at regular intervals to keep a check on Namibia's scoring.

Pikky Ya France (26), Gerhard Erasmus (25) and Snyman (23) all started well, but failed to get going, individually or in partnerships, to stabilise the middle order. Burger, at No. 8, was the big reason why Namibia got close to 200 as he scored 38 in 77 balls – the highest score for the team.
Kami (2 for 47) and Basant Regmi (3 for 40) were the most successful bowlers for Nepal.

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