Nepal set 231-run target against IndiaA half-century by Aasif Sheikh, noteworthy knock by Sompal Kami and decent performances from Bhurtel Airee and Jha helped Nepal put up a respectable total against the cricketing giants.
Nepal have set a 231-run target against India in their second and final group stage match of the ACC Asia Cup at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy, Sri Lanka on Monday.
Put to bat first, Nepal scored 230 runs losing all of their wickets in 48.2 overs.
India, throughout the innings, remained consistent with their bowling.
For Nepal, opener Aasif Sheikh scored 58 runs off 97 deliveries that featured eight boundaries, helping Nepal put up a respectable total against the cricket superpower.
Sheikh and his opening partner Kushal Bhurtel put on a 65-run first-wicket partnership.
Bhurtel was the first batter to leave the crease as he was caught by Ishan Kishan off Shardul Thakur’s delivery in 9.5 overs. He scored 38 runs in 25 balls.
Bhim Sharki, who came in third, failed to make his mark and scored just seven runs as he was bowled by Ravindra Jadeja in 15.6 overs.
Skipper Rohit Paudel struggled with the bat as he went out cheaply scoring just five runs. He was caught by his counterpart Rohit Sharma off Jadeja’s delivery in 19.6 overs.
Kushal Malla (2 runs off 5 balls) was sent packing two overs later in 21.5 overs. He was caught by Mohammed Siraj off Jadeja’s delivery.
Aasif was the next batter to return back to the pavilion. He was caught by Virat Kohli off Siraj’s delivery in 29.5 overs.
Gulshan Jha followed Aasif two overs later in 31.5 overs. Jha played a 35-balls 23 before being caught by Kishan off Siraj’s delivery.
Dipendra Singh Airee scored 29 runs facing 25 deliveries. He was trapped leg-before by Hardik Pandya in 41.1 overs.
Sompal Kami was the second highest scorer for Nepal as he hit 48 runs including two sixes and one boundary playing 56 deliveries. He was caught by Kishan off Mohammed Shami’s delivery in 47.2 overs.
Two deliveries later, Sandeep Lamichhane was run out. He made nine runs.
Lalit Rajbanshi was the last batter to go as he was bowled by Siraj in 48.2 overs.
Karan KC remained not out on two runs.