Sarel Burger’s all-round heroics go in vain as target of 240 is chased down with only one ball in hand
Paras Khadka’s century was the highlight as Nepal romped to its second consecutive victory against Namibia in their ICC World Cricket League Championship clash at the Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground in Kirtipur on Monday (April 18).
Khadka scored a 94-ball 103 as Nepal chased down 240 in 49.5 overs to seal a three-wicket victory. The win lifted it to sixth in the eight-team table even as Namibia continued to struggle at No. 7, having now lost five of the six matches it has played.
Nepal’s chase got off to a tricky start when the openers were sent back with just 37 on the board. But Khadka then took charge, and it was one-way traffic for the most part thereafter.
Khadka put on a 167-run stand with Sharad Vesawkar, who played second fiddle as the Nepal captain attacked. Khadka hammered seven sixes and five fours in his knock and, by the time he was dismissed, Nepal had 204 and looked well on course for victory.
However, it encountered a slide after that as Sarel Burger, the medium pacer, ran through the middle order. All of Rajesh Magar (1), Binod Bhandari (12), Sagar Pun (2) and Sompal Kami (1) were sent back in quick succession, with Burger returning 3 for 38 in ten overs.
But it was too little too late for Namibia. Vesawkar held firm and ended unbeaten on a 107-ball 74 to help complete the chase with just one ball to spare.
Earlier, having been put in, Namibia’s innings got off to a solid start, with Stephan Baard and Zane Green putting on 95 for the opening wicket.
Baard had scored a 60-ball 51 when he fell to Sandeep Lamichhane, the leg-spinner.
Wickets fell in a flurry thereafter and Namibia was reduced to 114 for 5, before Burger took charge and batted with the tail to steady the innings. He scored a 60-ball 43, putting on mini stands with Nicolaas Scholtz (22), JP Kotze (32) and JJ Smit (14).
Their efforts boosted the total, but Khadka’s century ensured it would all be in vain.
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