Nepal v Namibia, ICC WCL Championship, Kirtipur April 18, 2016

Khadka ton, Vesawkar 74* seal thriller for Nepal

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nepal 240 for 7 (Khadka 103, Vesawkar 74*, Burger 3-38) beat Namibia 239 for 9 (Baard 51, Green 47, Lamichhane 2-39) by three wickets

File photo: Paras Khadka struck seven sixes in his 103 off 94 balls © ICC/Barry Chambers

Captain Paras Khadka's highest score for Nepal led them to a tense three-wicket victory in their WCL Championship match against Namibia on Monday.

Khadka's 103 off 94 balls, and his third-wicket partnership of 167 with Sharad Vesawkar through the middle overs became crucial to chasing a target of 240 because Namibia were excellent in the final 10. They took five quick wickets to break into the Nepal tail, but the set batsman Vesawkar remained. He took the chase to the penultimate ball, struck the winning runs, and remained unbeaten on 74 off 107 balls.

Khadka and Vesawkar were brought together in the 14th over and they began to shut Namibia out. Khadka was the aggressor, striking seven sixes and five fours to maintain a strike-rate of 109.57 and Vesawkar lent excellent support, batting 165 minutes to make sure a tricky target was overcome.

It could have been a lot more considering Namibia captain Stephan Baard (51) and wicketkeeper Zane Green (47) had laid a strong foundation through a 95-run opening stand. The next three batsmen, though, fell for single-figure scores. Pikky Ya France and Gerhard Erasmus were run-out and Gerrie Snyman fell lbw for a duck to Basant Regmi.

Namibia lurched from 105 for 1 to 136 for 6 but Sarel Burger, at No. 7, struck an unbeaten 43 off 60 balls to lead a recovery. He rescued them with the ball too, taking three wickets across the 47th and the 49th overs to create some tension. Nepal were seven down when the final over began, and needed six runs to win. Vesawkar made sure they got it.

Among Nepal's bowlers, 15-year old legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane picked up 2 for 39 from nine overs. Left-arm spinner Shakti Gauchan, who opened the bowling, took 2 for 44 off his 10 overs and Regmi finished with 2 for 45.

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  •   Ramanujam Sharan on April 23, 2016, 13:28 GMT

    Other than Khadka, Veswarkar and Malla , batsmen also have to improve their batting skills. Easy matches become difficult when they get cheaply out or when they are not in-form. Other batsmen have to play with responsibility by rotating singles.

  •   Ramanujam Sharan on April 23, 2016, 13:12 GMT

    Very well performance by Nepal Team, Want more matches to be played in Nepal. More the Nepal will play international matches more they will get learn. CAN and Nepal govt have to prepare one international stadium sooner. CAN have to invite associates country to play cricket in Nepal other than WCL matches and also tour them. Make FTP plan with countries like Scotland, Hong Kong, PNG, Kenya, Namibia, Netherland, Oman, Canada, UAE. These things also make CAN more financial strong and entertainment to cricket lovers.

  •   Prabin Shrestha on April 22, 2016, 12:17 GMT

    Indeed ! Superb display of beautiful game of Cricket. Cricket : whoeover loves the game around the globe if watched this game Nepal vs Namibia & how Nepal manage to win such a tense finish it was fantastic & heart throbbing match whoever watched it LIVE. Nevertheless, the beautiful Crowds cheering & overwhelming response from them in the stadium or outside the stadium feels really proud moments for the game of Cricket. ICC must consider the diehard fans for the game & for Nepal, God bless Nepal & cricket....Salute .......making the game so much fantastic !!!

  • ashokk9629238 on April 19, 2016, 15:35 GMT

    cricket is fast overtaking football in terms of popularity and our national team is performing well. yet we don't have a proper international cricket stadium where we can host big teams in the near future. the dire state of stadium says it all. it's time our govt. should wake up and give fans a decent stadium where fans can sit comfortably and cheer for their team.

  • Bishow on April 19, 2016, 9:01 GMT

    Top Class performance by Nepal Skipper and mature game by the Finisher Mr. Veshwakar. Yesterday game show Nepal maturity and patience to win the game & also proof love for the game.

  • Kamal Dahal on April 19, 2016, 7:20 GMT

    Very good game after a long time, Nepal was in under pressure before these matches now they are making hope for moving towards top 4.

  • Bishnu on April 19, 2016, 6:06 GMT

    Outstanding performance by Paras and Sarad to bounce back into the competition. The victory against strong #Namibia help us to boost in upcoming game against #Netherlands. The supporter at the T.U.ground are massive and cheering for every single run to motivate the players.#Nepal #BuddhaWasBornInNepal,

  • Thir on April 18, 2016, 16:52 GMT

    good game captain parash khadka and senior player sarad vesawkar were superb surely Nepal is one of the emerging cricketing country in the world fans and government should support them you never know they might get chance to play ODI world cup very soon and to get awarded as test playing nation would be one of the biggest achievement for Nepalese cricketers and fans as well as the country Nepal will be proud of these young boys. # Nepal #cricket fan

  • Binesh Sharma on April 18, 2016, 15:34 GMT

    good our mach

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