Tuesday, July 23

Bhim and Kushal deliver exceptional performance as Nepal Marks off a winning start

By a Staff Reporter

Kathmandu – Nepal kicked off their ACC Premier Cup campaign in style with a six-wicket win over Malaysia at the TU Cricket Ground on Tuesday, thanks to an impressive performance from Bhim Sharki and Kushal Malla.

Malaysia’s Inning

Opening with the bat, Malaysia posted 235 runs in the allotted 50 overs losing 9 wickets, with skipper Ahmad Faiz top-scoring with 76 runs off 95 deliveries, including eight fours and one six.

Virandeep Singh contributed the second-highest of 46 runs off 94 deliveries, while opener Muhammad Amir departed for 17.

Other contributors to Malaysia included Vijay Unni (12), Syed Aziz (13), Muhamad Syahadat (15), Khizar Hayat (22), and Syazrul Idrus (21). With Fitri Sham departing for a golden duck, Muhammad Wafiq remaining undefeated on 1 off 1.

Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane and Sompal Kami took three wickets each, while Lalit Rajbanshi picked up two and Gulsan Jha claimed one.

Nepal’s Inning

In response, Nepal chased down the target of 236 runs in 36.2 overs for the loss of 4 wickets, with Bhim Sharki and Kushal Malla leading the charge.

Opening with the bat, Kushal Bhurtel contributed 38 runs off 31 deliveries, while Aasif Sheikh departed for just one run off three balls.

Bhim Sharki stepped in after Aasif’s departure and scored an impressive 71 runs off 98 deliveries, including five fours.

Likewise, Kushal Malla played a not-out inning and contributed 70 runs off just 40 balls, including five fours and five sixes, earning him the Player of the Match award.

Skipper Rohit Paudel left the crease after scoring 42 runs off 43 deliveries, while Dipendra Singh Airee remained unbeaten on 5 runs.

Malaysia’s Muhammad Wafiq, Rizwan Haider, Vijay Unni, and Virandeep Singh each claimed a wicket.

Hong Kong VS Singapore

In another match at Mulpani Cricket Ground, Hong Kong secured an eight-wicket win over Singapore. Singapore posted 174 runs in 42.1 overs, with Hong Kong chasing down the target of 175 runs in 33 overs, losing just two wickets in the process.

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