Khakurel ton helps Nepal to fourth straight win
Nepal maintained their winning run in the tournament with a 32-run win over USA at the Kinrara Oval in Kualalumpur. The star of Nepal's fourth consecutive win was 19-year old opener Subash Khakurel, who scored only the second century ever in WCL division 4. Khakurel's 115 was ably supported by contributions from the top order and although Nepal lost quick wickets towards the end, they managed to put up 258 on board. USA were kept alive in the by Sushil Nadkarni's 84, but a five-wicket haul by Basanta Regmi ensured that Nepal held on to the top spot in the points table.
Khakurel, who was declared Man of the Match, said: "I'm feeling great after scoring this century because I was a bit worried due to the swing from the pace bowlers at the beginning, but I managed to build my confidence by picking lots of singles and build from there."
Tanzania wasted away their best start in the tournament to crash to an eight-wicket loss against Singapore. Tanzania openers put up a 48-run stand, with Abhik Patwa scoring 47, but 17-year old spinner Abhiraj Singh, who ended up with the figures of 8.1-2-12-5, and Mulewa Dharmichand ran through the Tanzania batting order to dismiss them for 94. Singapore then finished the match in the 12th over of the chase, with opener Chetan Suryawanshi smashing an unbeaten 38-ball 62.
Abhiraj Singh, who triggered the Tanzania collapse, said: "It feels good to contribute and putting in a good effort to win the match. Hopefully this performance will put us through to the final and improve our net run-rate as well."
Malaysia lost to Denmark by three wickets - their fourth loss in a row - after puting up their best total in the tournament. Malaysia's middle order combined to score 252, without any batsmen getting past fifty - captain Suhan Alagaratnam's 48 being the highest. In response, Denmark were led by opener Carsten Pedersen's 83 and useful cameos by the lower order as they went past the target in the 49th over. Malaysia had their chance when they had reduced Denmark to 81 for 4, but a 74-run partnership between Pedersen and his brother Michael bailed Denmark out.