Tuesday, February 27

Nepal Sweep Canada Series With Tons From Anil & Bhim

By a Staff Reporter

Kathmandu (Hamro Khelkud) – Centuries from Anil Shah and Bhim Sharki have guided Nepal to a whitewash in the three-match bilateral series against Canada in Kathmandu. Nepal, chasing 233 in the third ODI, got over the line in 44.3 overs with nine wickets to spare.

A record second-wicket 189-run stand for Nepal from the two centurions gave Canada no chance of getting a consolation win. Anil Shah remained unbeaten on 112 runs off 124 deliveries with 12 fours and two sixes. Bhim stood tall at the other end on 101 runs off 129 deliveries with 11 fours and a six. 

The only wickets of the innings fell to Dillon Heyliger. 

Earlier, losing the toss and batting first at the TU Cricket Ground, Canada posted a total of 232 runs at the loss of eight wickets in 50 overs. Opener Navneet Dhaliwal was the only batter to get to the half-century. He was dismissed right after he reached the milestone, on 50 off 82 deliveries, with five fours to his name.

Nikhil Dutta was run out on 45 off 62 deliveries, hitting a couple of boundaries and one maximum. Skipper Saad Bin Zafar remained unbeaten on a quickfire 31 off 15 with three fours and two sixes to his name.

Similarly, Harsh Thaker scored 29 runs followed by Shreyas Movva and Srimantha Wijeyeratne contributing 25 and 22 runs to the total.

Debutant Hemant Dhami was the pick of the bowlers for Nepal with his three wickets, giving away 49 runs in eight overs. Kushal Malla bowled 10 overs to give away 38 runs and take two wickets while Lalit Rajbanshi and Aakash Chand picked up one wicket each.

Nepal had previously won the first match of the series by seven runs and registered a four-wicket win in the second. Nepal will now turn their focus towards the League Two opener tri-series against the Netherlands and Namibia that will kick off in three days’ time.

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