Nepal lose to Canada after batting collapseChasing a target of 189, the Rhinos score 105 all out in 39.2 overs.
Nepal national men’s cricket team succumbed to a 83-run defeat by Canada after their batting crumbled at the Maple Leaf Cricket Stadium in King City on Thursday.
Chasing a moderate target of 189 in the second one-day practice match, Nepal were all-out for 105 runs in 39.2 overs.
Nepal made hard work of the run chase, slipping to 19-2 in 8.5 overs after medium pacer Ammar Khalid struck twice to remove both openers Kushal Bhurtel for 1 and Pawan Sarraf for 14.
Sandeep Lamichhane’s side could not recover as they lost wickets at regular intervals.
Dev Khanal came at number three and made 26 in his slow 49-ball knock but the following batters could not offer him support.
Rommel Shahzad triggered the next collapse after he had Rohit Kumar Paudel caught by Harsh Thaker in the 13.4 over and sent Dipendra Singh Airee for nought in the next delivery.
Aarif Sheikh departed soon, out for a 6-ball duck, as Nepal plummeted to 37-5 after 14 overs.
Harsh Thaker and Salman Nazar then combined to clean up the tail, removing Basir Ahamad, Binod Bhandari and Mohamad Adil Alam for 13 runs each and captain Lamichhane for 11.
Earlier, sent to bat first after losing the toss, Canada lost opener Rayyan Pathan for just 1 run early in the innings, bowled by Kishor Mahato, but his opening partner Aaron Johnson hit 44 runs facing 55 balls to anchor the innings. Johnson fell to Lamichhane, trapped leg in front in the 17th over.
Johnson’s departure set off a failure in Canada’s batting order. Akhil Kumar (12), Thaker (nought), Saad Bin Zafar (3), and Armaan Kapoor (10) could not contribute much as Canada crashed to 98-7 in the 30.5.
But Shreyas Movva smashed an unbeaten half-century late in the innings and shared a 70-run partnership with Khalid, who hit 30 not out, for the last wicket to guide Canada to a respectable total of 188-9.
Lamichhane was the pick of the bowlers returning match figures of 31-3. Dipendera took 33-2 while Mahato, Karan KC, Aadil Alam, Ahamad took a scalp each.
The first fifty-over practice match between Nepal and Canada was abandoned due to rain on Tuesday.
Nepal will now travel to Scotland to participate in the Scotland Triangular Series of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2. The Tri-series, which also involves Namibia, takes place from July 11 to 17.
Nepal are fifth in the seven-team League 2 standings with 15 points from 16 matches. Scotland, who have played 20 matches, are in the second position with 28 points. Namibia are second from bottom with seven wins and seven losses from 14 matches.
Oman lead the standings with 44 points after playing all 36 matches.