Nepal v Namibia, ICC WCL Championship, Kirtipur April 16, 2016

Bowlers, Vesawkar give Nepal five-wicket win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nepal 197 for 5 (Vesawkar 50*, Bhandari 40*, Burger 2-22) beat Namibia 195 for 9 (Burger 38, Smit 26, Regmi 3-40) by five wickets

File photo - Sharad Vesawkar's patient knock helped Nepal overcome a low chase © Peter Della Penna

Left-arm spinner Basant Regmi's 3 for 40 and Sharad Vesawkar's unbeaten 99-ball 50 helped Nepal beat Namibia by five wickets in the ICC World Cricket League Championship fixture in Kirtipur.

Namibia's top five failed to build on their starts after Stephan Baard, the captain, opted to bat. Baard fell in the third over after hitting four fours in his 18, while his opening partner, Zane Green fell soon after, in the seventh over. Pikky Ya France and Gerhard Erasmus gave Namibia some solidity, but Regmi's quick strikes in the middle overs triggered a collapse; they lost three wickets for seven runs to wobble at 109 for 6.

Sarel Burger made a 77-ball 38 from No. 8 to help Namibia cross 150. Although Regmi came back in the end overs to remove Burger, a lower-order cameo from JJ Smit - 26 off 22 balls - helped Namibia post 195 for 9 in 50 overs.

Nepal's openers fell in successive overs after a 42-run opening stand, but Paras Khadka, the captain, drove the chase forward by hitting two fours and a six in his 21. Sarel Burger induced some panic by dismissing Khadka and Raju Rijal to leave Nepal at 90 for 4. When Rajesh Pulami was dismissed, Nepal needed 82 with five wickets in hand. But Namibia were denied by the Vesawkar-Binod Bhandari's unbeaten 84-run stand that saw them home with 17 balls to spare.

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  • GK on April 22, 2016, 20:21 GMT

    The game was awesome, Nepal again experienced how icc tournament is managed, die hard supporter of cricket were nearly 25000 only in and around stadium,, ICC need to cash this opportunity in order to extend cricket in such a beautiful land...

  • Cricinfouser on April 18, 2016, 1:30 GMT

    Wellllllll played vesawkar and you beauty timilsina. What a spell to watch

  • MRIDUL on April 17, 2016, 4:07 GMT

    The review is only a description of the scorecard. We expect coverage from cricinfo to be more descriptive and analytic. There are millions of Nepalese cricket fans who read your posts.

  • Virendra on April 17, 2016, 3:17 GMT

    Cricinfo does not mention there were 15,000 people watching this match in the stadium more than for matches between full members.

  •   Ramanujam Sharan on April 16, 2016, 20:42 GMT

    Binod Bhandari inning was tremendous, he removes all pressure n assure the win for nepal. Veswarkar inning n bowlers also did good job.

  •   Ramanujam Sharan on April 16, 2016, 20:31 GMT

    Nepal deserve the win, they played better cricket today in all department. All d best for next game. Nepal Nepal .....

  • pramod on April 16, 2016, 13:26 GMT

    Well played


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