Nepal v Kenya, ICC WCL Championship, Kirtipur March 13, 2017

Vesawkar shines as Nepal crush Kenya by seven wickets

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nepal 160 for 3 (Malla 64*, Airee 62, Otieno 2-29) beat Kenya 155 (Obuya 48, Vesawkar 4-28) by seven wickets

File photo - Sharad Vesawkar struck 24 off 11 balls after taking four wickets © Kaushal Adhikari

Four wickets from Sharad Vesawkar - his best List A bowling effort - and half centuries from stand-in captain Gyanendra Malla and Dipendra Singh Airee took Nepal to a comfortable seven-wicket win against Kenya in the ICC World Cricket League match in Kirtipur. Nepal's bowlers, led by Vesawkar's four-for, choked Kenya's batting with some economical bowling before the hosts overcame an early stutter - courtesy two early wickets from Elijah Otieno - to eventually canter home with 118 balls to spare.

After being sent in to bat, Kenya lost opener Alex Obanda and Dhiren Gondaria in the fourth over before a 79-run third wicket-stand between Irfan Karim (38) and Collins Obuya (48) took them close to the 100-run mark. While the duo stemmed the fall of wickets, their partnership also took up 140 balls. Both batsmen fell in quick succession, following which tight bowling from Mahaboob Alam (7-5-11-2), Sagar Pun (7-0-19-1) and Vesawkar saw Kenya fall from 151 for 6 to 155 all out in the 47th over. Prior to Monday's win, Vesawkar had bowled just two overs in 21 List A matches but helped to fill a void with both bat and ball created by the absence of captain Paras Khadka, who missed his second match of the series as he recovers from surgery for appendicitis.

Otieno gave Kenya hope, removing Nepal opener Sunil Dhamala and Sagar Pun in his first spell. Malla was joined by Airee at 14 for 2 and stitched together a 111-run partnership to take Nepal to the brink of a win. Airee fell for 62 with Nepal needing another 31 runs to win, and Vesawkar then shone with the bat, scoring an 11-ball 24 and dispatching the last two balls for a four and a six to seal the match in the 31st over.

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  • Cricinfouser on April 14, 2017, 19:15 GMT

    well played Nepal we are fighting for the rights of all the associate teams hopefully the authentic teams that have players from its origin gets promotion

  • R on March 15, 2017, 19:35 GMT

    For me Mehboob Alam's bowling was magical in that game. That kind of bowling is rare in any level of cricket. I hope he continues his form.

    Good job boys. You make us proud.

  • cricfan96730353 on March 15, 2017, 2:21 GMT

    I hope ICC will favour Nepal to promote and we all are looking forward.

  • GK on March 13, 2017, 20:09 GMT

    Time has already indication that ICC should take step to promote cricket globally. I believe if there is qualifying game among all countries of the world for world cup,there is possibility that some good associates can deafest so called test playing nations. These is also possible that Afghanistan defeats India in crucial game & so India is out of world cup. That is why, ICC should work without influence of one or two countries. It should gave ODI status to Nepal, Kenya, and even to Namibia. ICC should should have plan for these countries so the players remain engaged in playing competitive international cricket.

  • pervez5916867 on March 13, 2017, 17:49 GMT

    Well for starter they can play in BPL.

  • Ramanujam Sharan on March 13, 2017, 17:48 GMT

    Fantastic performance shown by Nepal team today. From here they have to win all matches with Hong Kong and UAE which are also playing good cricket. Nepal team have to be consistent and work hard to achieve this. All the best for Asia emerging cup from India.

  • Dipendra on March 13, 2017, 15:47 GMT

    Great! But I don't understand the role of Sagar Pun. @Anil_Koshy.. most players are local? Aren't all of them local? and i think we should more focus on having our own infrastructure rather than waiting other boards to help.

  • Anil on March 13, 2017, 15:12 GMT

    ICC should provide more opportunities to Nepal, most players in Nepal team are locals, there is a lot of local interest in the game, India should support Nepal by opening its facilities to Nepal cricket, India should even allow teams from Bangladesh, Nepal and Afghanistan to participate in its domestic competitions. India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka should play more active role in promoting the game in south Asia.

  • rabind5740848 on March 13, 2017, 14:52 GMT

    Congratulations! Team Nepal... Hope we can see more improvement on upcoming games.RB

  • aanand5908311 on March 13, 2017, 14:41 GMT

    GREAT to see our team bouncing back from a defeat.certainly something to cheer for the whole country and hope alive for qualification.

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