Nepal bow out of Scotland Series with humiliating defeatThe hosts bowl out Nepal for 128 runs and achieve the target in 19 overs to inflict third defeat out of four matches.
Nepal finished the Scotland Tri Series of the ICC World Cup League 2 in a disastrous fashion as they succumbed to eight-wicket defeat against the hosts on Sunday in their last match, losing three among four matches of the Series.
Put to bat first at Titwood in Glasgow, Nepal again flopped in the batting department and were bowled out for a total of 128 runs, the fourth lowest One-Day International (ODI) total for the team. Chasing the target, Scotland made 130-2 in 19 overs.
After three defeats and a win from four matches of the Series, Nepal returned home earning two points from eight on offer. Nepal's only victory was against hosts in the first leg match played on July 13 when they recorded a five-wicket victory. Nepal had chased Scotland's 144-run target in 25.1 overs.
Nepal lost both the matches against Namibia going down by 63 runs on Saturday as they were bowled out for 136 in their chase of 200 runs. In their first match against Namibia on July 11, Nepal had lost by 40 runs as they made 180 chasing a target of 221.
The outcome left Nepal tottering at sixth place with 17 points from 19 matches in the seven-team standings. Hosts Scotland strengthened their hold on second position with 34 points from 24 games while Namibia are fifth on 18 points from as many games.
The tournament is a gateway for the 2023 World Cup. The sides finishing on top three positions at the end of the Series, after equal 36 matches, will book a place for the World Cup Qualifiers. The sides securing top five positions will retain One-Day International status. The bottom four will have to go through a playoff involving six teams for a place in Qualifiers.
In Nepal's innings, all batters other than opener Aasif Sheikh, who contributed 40 off 58, were dismissed cheaply. Sheikh hit six boundaries before he was caught by wicketkeeper Matthew Cross in a delivery by Mark Watt.
Captain Sandeep Lamichhane was the next best scorer for Nepal contributing 22 off 27. Tailender Lamichhane, the last wicket to fall, hit three fences before Hamza Tahir made him caught by Calum MacLeod.
Wicketkeeper-batter Binod Bhandari (13), Dev Khanal (10) and Rohit Paudel (10) were the only other batters to touch double digit figures. Opener Kushal Bhurtel (3), Dipendra Singh Airee (7), Aarif Sheikh (0), Sompal Kami (7) and Karan KC (7) were dismissed cheaply as One-Day International debutant Kishore Mahato remained unbeaten without opening accounts.
Hamza Tahir was the pick of Scotland bowling claiming four wickets in his 7.5-over spell. He conceded 26 runs with a maiden over. Mark Watt took three scalps in his eight-over bowling conceding 19 runs with a maiden. Gavin Main pocketed two wickets.
Chasing the target, opener Kyle Coetzer and Calum MacLeod made the light work of Nepal sharing 83-run stand for the second wicket.
MacLeod, the highest scorer of the match, scored a quick-fire 29-ball 64, hitting Lamichhane for 20 runs in the 12th over, including two sixes and boundaries each as the leg spinner conceded 21 runs in the single over. He smashed 10 fences and three sixes before being caught by Sompal Kami off Aasif Sheikh.
Opener Kyle Coetzer remained unbeaten on 44 runs facing 52 deliveries. He hit seven fences. Other opener Christopher McBride scored 10 off 25. He was trapped leg before by captain Lamichhane while captain Richie Berrington remained not out on four runs.