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Wednesday, 15 Mar 2017 19:41 EAT
Nepal and Kenya had both set out to win maximum points from their two matches of the ICC World Cricket League in Kathmandu on 11 and 13 March but their hopes of increasing their chances of a top-four finish were dashed as they split points. After playing 10 matches each, Kenya and Nepal remained in fifth and sixth positions with 10 and eight points, respectively.
Kenya won the first match by five wickets on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method and Nepal scored a comprehensive seven-wicket victory in the second match, much to the cheer of thousands of spectators who thronged the Tribhuvan University ground. The Netherlands side is presently at the top of the points table with 16 points from 10 matches while Papua New Guinea is second with 12 points from eight matches. Hong Kong and Scotland are both on 11 points from 10 and eight matches, respectively.
The top four sides from among the eight sides will make it to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, which will also feature the four bottom sides from the MRFTyres ICC ODI Rankings as on 30 September 2017 and two top sides from the WCL Division 2. Nepal’s stand-in captain Gyanendra Malla felt the tournament is still wide open and he was happy to see the youngsters players perform well.
“We will need to do well in all remaining matches and then hope the other results go in our favour. Having said that, it will not be so easy moving forward and we will have to play quality cricket,'' said Malla. In a match reduced to 36 overs at the start, Nepal was restricted to 112 for eight with left-arm spinner Shem Ngoche and pace bowler Nelson Odhiambo sharing five scalps.
Kenya’s target was reset to 94 in 26 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis Stern method after another interruption. Kenya captain Rakep Patel though felt his team had no advantage due to the rain. “Both teams were aware of the situation before the toss. I think the game was won on the execution, when we bowled. We would have been more satisfied with two wins.
It didn’t go as planned in the second match but the good thing is that all is not lost. The most important objective for us is to finish in the top four,” Patel said.
First match on 11 March:
Kenya beat Nepal by five wickets. Nepal 112-8 in 36 overs (Gyanendra Malla 27, Shem Ngoche 3-18, Nelson Odhiambo 2-17).
Kenya (target 94 in 26 overs) 98-5 in 24.1 overs (Rakep Patel 34 not out, Collins Obuya 24, Sagar Pun 2-8, Sandeep Lamichhane 2-21)
Second match on 13 March:
Nepal beat Kenya by seven wickets. Kenya 155 all out in 46.1 overs (Collins Obuya 48, Irfan Karim 38, Sharad Vesawkar 4-28).