ICC World Cricket League Division 4 September 10, 2012

Nepal crush USA in the final

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nepal maintained their unbeaten run in the World Cricket League Division Four after completing an easy eight-wicket win over USA in the final of the tournament in Kuala Lumpur. The win was set up by left-arm spinner Basanta Regmi's five-wicket haul, which limited USA to 145 after they had chosen to bat. USA's top order was not allowed to settle into any substantial partnership as regular strikes reduced them to 83 for 5. The lower half of the batting order was then skittled by Regmi as Nepal removed the last four batsmen for eight runs.

Nepal lost opening batsmen Anil Mandal, who had scored a century in the previous game, in the third over, but a 93-run stand between Subash Khakurel and Gyanendra Malla all but sealed the contest. Malla scored a 65-ball 66 that included seven hits to the boundary and three over it, but was out in the 20th over. Khakurel, who remained not out on 40, shared another unbeaten stand with captain Paras Khadka to help Nepal achieve the target with 22 overs to spare. Regmi, who ended up as the tournament's leading wicket taker with 21 wickets, was awarded Man of the Match.

Both teams, however, had already qualified for Division Three and Nepal's coach, Pubudu Dassanayake, expressed happiness on his team's performance: "The team did just what was needed here and deserved to win. When I came to Nepal the goal was always to get this team up to a chance of qualifying for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and this Division 4 win now means we're one step closer. There's a lot more hard work to do but I'm delighted with the progress so far."

Denmark collapsed to their lowest total in the tournament and ended in fourth position after a five-wicket loss to Singapore. Denmark chose to bat first but lost five wickets within the first 11 overs to Singapore's opening bowlers Chetan Suryawanshi and Amjad Mahboob. There was a brief recovery as Denmark hobbled to 60 without any further loss, but they lost three wickets on the same score and caved in to 83 in 26 overs.

Singapore were given a scare in their chase as Denmark opening bowler Bashir Shah picked two wickets in his first two overs, but by the time the next wicket fell - on 59 - Singapore were well on their way. Shah turned out to be the lone hand for Denmark, picking up all five wickets to fall, as Singapore finished the chase in the 17th over.

Although Singapore finished third, captain Saad Janjua was disappointed with the team's performance: "We came to Malaysia to win this tournament. The third place finish is very disappointing. We trained hard, prepared well but a bit of bad luck with the weather and the fact that our batting didn't click meant we underperformed."

In the third match of the day, Malaysia beat Tanzania by five wickets to finish fifth in the tournament. Tanzania equalled their best score in the tournament after being put into bat. Opening batsman Abhik Patwa scored 67 off 105 balls and helped Tanzania out from a tricky 45 for 3 after a 66-run partnership with Nasibu Mapunda (30 off 52). But Malaysia chipped away with wickets, while keeping a tab on run-scoring, to leave themselves with exactly the same target to achieve as the day before.

Tanzania bowlers responded well to first remove previous game's centurion, Rakesh Madhavan, in the 11th over. Seventeen overs later, Malaysia were five down on 85, giving Tanzania a sniff of a first win in the tournament. But an unbeaten 103-run stand between Shafiq Sharif (57 off 80) and Khizar Hayat (49 off 60) helped Malaysia cross the line in the 46th over.

Malaysia captain Suhan Alagaratnam said: "We bowled well but our batsmen have struggled throughout this tournament and we were in some difficulty until Khizar and Shafiq played well to get us through."

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Dummy4 on September 11, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    congrats to team nepal.we want you to do more success in future....

  • Dummy4 on September 11, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    congratulation guys keep it top

  • Suman on September 11, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Great achievement in fact...keep it up boys!!

  • Dummy4 on September 11, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Congratulation everybody.well played boys.keep momentum going.all the best for div 3.

  • Dummy4 on September 11, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Well done Nepal. But prepare well for Div. 3. Keep in focus the target is qualification for WC or getting to Div. 2 at least.

  • Pramesh on September 11, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    What a great moment for us. Now we are in ICC World Cricket League Division Three. We beat every opponents in group stage. We beat USA in final......I am really glad about that we are now competing for a spot in world cup 2015. Salute you guys..........you did incredible job & I am sure Nepal Government will appreciate it.

  • Dummy4 on September 11, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    Congratulations Nepal!!!!well played. @ Assassin1 I am an Indian of Nepalese origin but why do you have to mention India when it has still a long way to go.I dont know why all the fans from our neighbouring countries have to do that.If it were not enough for fans of Pakistan,Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to always mention India(mostly negative comments) it seems even the Nepalese fans have jumped into the bandwagon.All of us should support and cheer for each other against the developed/western countries instead of taunting each other.

  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    Nepal must think like Afghanistan and how they climb almost to top rather than thinking about India...even an ODI status would change everything there.

  • Andrew on September 10, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    This was a bit of a grudge match, considering the crowd-interrupted match a few years back. Well done Nepal. I trekked in Nepal about 10yrs ago & was amazed by how many kids were playing cricket. I would imagine their has to be some scope for more contests against Afghanistan & some DEVELOPMENTAL sides from Bangladesh, Pakistan & India.

  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    Well Done Nepal! Nepali Cricketers have made us very proud and each one of us should cherish the victory. We have a long way to go and Players and Officials should focus on the job. I wish Nepal Government pays more attention on infra-structure, and trainings. Our Players need good support financially from government and competitive matches on different playing conditions. If Cricket Association of Nepal and Government of Nepal can ensure these basic necessities, then, Nepal will be defenitely one of the competitive nations fro World Cup 2015. All the best pals!

  • No featured comments at the moment.