Team Nepal faced a heavy defeat of 116 runs against Zimbabwe in the Group ‘B’ opener of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. With two batsmen crossing century, Zimbabwe had set the target of 381 runs against Nepal. Team Nepal played some really good cricket but still, they were unable to counter the target.
The match begun with Team Zimbabwe winning bating over the toss. Zimbabwe made a really good start with 77 runs off 7 overs with 0 wickets. Finally, the first wicket of the game was taken by right-handed leg break googly bowler Sandeep Lamichhane. Zimbabwe slowed down their pace after losing their second wicket on the 13th over.
Zimbabwe maintained their steady pace and were able to score 169 runs until the end of over 26. Later in the game, Brendan Taylor and Sikandar Raza displayed a good show for their fans. Both of them were able to cross century till the end of the inning. At last, Zimbabwe set a strong target of 381/6 wickets against Nepal.
In contrast to Zimbabwe’s performance, Nepal had a rough start. The first batsman on the pitch was dismissed on 4th over with just 2 runs on the scoreboard. Then, Paras Khadka entered the pitch. As the captain, he had a huge responsibility of filling the score gap. However, he indeed played really well under pressure. He scored 40 runs off 37 balls setting the target score to be 318. Later, batsmen Sharad Vesawkar and Aarif Sheikh were able to score half century. Finally, the match ended with Nepal’s score 264/8.
Zimbabwe’s cricket team is one of the best and the skill level between them and Nepal’s cricket team was wide. But still, team Nepal could’ve performed better. To begin with, the fielding of the team was not well-managed and later, some players were unable to deliver their best performance on the match. However, this match was a unique experience for team Nepal and we hope the team will not repeat the same mistake again.
As Captain Paras quotes, “If everybody plays to their potential, we can give every team a fight.” We believe team Nepal will maintain this spirit and confidence in the matches to come.
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