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West Indies vs Nepal, 9th Match, Group A at Harare, CWC Qualifier, Jun 22 2023 - Match Result

RESULT
9th Match, Group A, Harare, June 22, 2023, ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier
(49.4/50 ov, T:340) 238

West Indies won by 101 runs

Player Of The Match
132 (129) & 2 catches
shai-hope
68

Aarif Sheikh and Gulsan Jha's 68-run partnership is NEP's highest for the 7th wicket in ODIs, breaking the record of 66 between Karan KC and Rohit Paudel

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Scorecard summary
West Indies 339/7(50 overs)
132 (129)
3/52 (10)
Nepal 238/10(49.4 overs)
63 (93)
3/34 (10)
42 (58)
2/45 (10)

Thanks all for your company and feedback. Stick around for Danyal Rasool's report. But from me, cheerio!

Rohit Paudel, Nepal Captain: I think in early stages, we bowled really well but we dropped a few catches...we could have done better in the field. Usually we field well but today we missed a few opportunities. Later both Pooran and Hope batted really well so credit to them also. I think we could have done better by using the pace, Aarif and Gulshan played really well. We look forward to tackle them and short balls. (on biggest learning) playing against Test playing nations have taught me a lot. We have to be up to the mark in every game.

Shai Hope, West Indies Captain and Player of the Match: I believe the rhythm was a bit off. I am just happy that I came good for the team. We were put on the backfoot there...happy to get the team over the line today. The key was absorbing as much pressure as possible and then find a way to transfer that pressure in the back end. Pooran made it a lot easier for me. The aim was to take it as deep as possible give us the best chance towards the end. I don't think I hit the targets where I wanted to but happy to just bat as deep as I possibly could there. The team really needed me. They bowled well, must commend their bowlers, especially their spinners, they stuck to their task well. We batted well in that period to overcome their spin threat. There's obviously room for improvement, so we need to make sure we are ticking those boxes going into the next game.

We saw a significant mismatch in both teams' bowling. West Indies, the big boys, were quite clinical with the ball and tested Nepal with the short-pitch barrage, bouncing out many batters. Heartbreaking for Nepal, of course, but they yet again played with a lot of passion and valour. However, they struggled against the likes of Holder, Joseph, Mayers and then later Akeal spun a web around the batters. It's a massive learning curve for them playing against an experienced side and they almost batted through 50 overs. They were able to peg West Indies back with the ball in the bowling powerplay after winning the toss and got early wickets too but then Nicholas Pooran and Shai Hope took control of the game and forged a colossal 216-run partnership.

Elina Poudel: "The past few years of busy cricket engagements with associate nations have propelled Nepal's cricket to its current level. Now, imagine the potential if we were to have a few more years of cricketing opportunities against test-playing nations."

Bishal Gautam: "Well played boys, hold your head high and let's try to win against Ned to go for Super Six. Let's gain much more experience and leverage that to get a fantastic run of Asia Cup as well." I foresee Nepal becoming a force to reckon with in next few years. They have got the potential, hunger and a talented group of players to cause trouble to the heavyweights

49.4
W
Mayers to Karan KC, OUT

That full delivery was hit hard but straight back to Mayers who snaffles it in his follow-through as Nepal get bowl out for 238 with two balls to go. This has been a convincing victory by West Indies; their bowling was too hot to handle for Nepal and they particularly struggled against the hostile short-pitch assault

Karan KC c & b Mayers 28 (27b 4x4 1x6 22m) SR: 103.7
49.3
6
Mayers to Karan KC, SIX runs

Smoked it! That must bring a big smile of Nepal fans, uses his long levers and pounds it over the bowler's head for a huuuuuuuge six

49.2
Mayers to Karan KC, no run

Goes for the yorker from round the wicket angle, squeezed out to wide mid-off

49.1
Mayers to Karan KC, no run

Low harmless full toss on the pads, guided away with soft hands to deep fine leg's left

end of over 4910 runs
NEP: 232/9CRR: 4.73 RRR: 108.00 • Need 108 from 6b
Lalit Rajbanshi0 (1b)
Karan KC22 (23b 4x4)
Keemo Paul 10-1-63-2
Alzarri Joseph 10-0-45-2

Overrate penalty has been applied, one fielder from outside the ring has to come in

48.6
Paul to Rajbanshi, no run

Rapid delivery on a length, follows the batter who was wandering down the leg side, smartly bowled as he defends it back to the bowler

48.5
1
Paul to Karan KC, 1 run

Cutter on a shorter length outside off, backs away and hammers this to deep third man

48.4
Paul to Karan KC, no run

Back of the hand slow ball on a length on middle and off, too early into his shot and the ball flutters down the pitch

48.3
4
Paul to Karan KC, FOUR runs

Fortuitous but they all count! He is going after every delivery, thick inside edge scutters away to fine leg boundary

48.2
Paul to Karan KC, no run

Tries to clobber that over midwicket, too far away across the stumps as he throws the kitchen sink at it

48.2
1w
Paul to Karan KC, 1 wide

Dishes out a wide, he will have to reload this delivery, goes way too high over the batter's head

48.1
4
Paul to Karan KC, FOUR runs

Poor work in tandem at deep square, goes back and butchers this short ball, Charles tries to flick the ball inside the rope, gets his hand on it but then it hits his shin and deflects away to the boundary. Proper smack nevertheless

end of over 481 run
NEP: 222/9CRR: 4.62 RRR: 59.00 • Need 118 from 12b
Karan KC13 (18b 2x4)
Lalit Rajbanshi0 (0b)
Alzarri Joseph 10-0-45-2
Keemo Paul 9-1-53-2
47.6
1
Alzarri Joseph to Karan KC, 1 run

Can West Indies bowl Nepal out inside 50 overs? Almost as King drops a difficult chance at the slip. Back of a length, swirling away outside off, he takes a few steps to the on side to run it down to third man, it was in slip's reach but he cannot clung onto it.

47.5
Alzarri Joseph to Karan KC, no run

Length ball, outside off, tapped to point off the backfoot

47.4
Alzarri Joseph to Karan KC, no run

Shorter, slants across off, went for an almighty heave, can't time his shot

47.3
Alzarri Joseph to Karan KC, no run

Fires in shortish delivery on fourth stump line, kicks and screams off the turf and once again like many times in this innings, he cannot lay bat on it

47.2
Alzarri Joseph to Karan KC, no run

Big heave across the line and the ball goes whizzing past the outside edge. Banged into the pitch and gets it to shape away outside off, not near the line of the ball as he went for the pull across the line

47.1
Alzarri Joseph to Karan KC, no run

Back of a length outside off, makes room and hacks it away past backward point for a run

end of over 479 runs
NEP: 221/9CRR: 4.70 RRR: 39.66 • Need 119 from 18b
Karan KC12 (12b 2x4)
Lalit Rajbanshi0 (0b)
Keemo Paul 9-1-53-2
Alzarri Joseph 9-0-44-2

bimal bista: "Nepali batters mostly fail to convert 30s 40s to half-century and 60s 70s to century."

Prem Karki: "I will take these matches against the West Indies and Zimbabwe as valuable practice fixtures before our upcoming encounters with India and Pakistan in a couple of months."

Agni: "@sawin I agree with your statement. CAN (cricket association of Nepal) should focus to start multi day turnament. It will be very innitiative step if CAN start 3 or 4 day turnament using 10 teams (7 provigences and 3 division teams) on round robin basis. It will improve skills on all three department"

Sabin: "You can't blame Nepali batters for this..All of these guys are facing such pace attack for the first time in their career. They have played spinners relatively well. Need more matches against full members."

Dinesh Rimal: "I would like to express my sincere appreciation and admiration for the remarkable progress of Nepali cricket in recent years. It is truly inspiring to witness the growth and development of the sport in Nepal, which has captured the attention of cricket enthusiasts worldwide. The strides made by the Nepali cricket team are testament to their dedication, perseverance, and undeniable talent."

46.6
1
Paul to Karan KC, 1 run

Length ball on off, he slugs it off the backfoot to deep square's left

46.5
Paul to Karan KC, no run

Shortish ball whizzed outside off, beats the upper-cut

46.4
Paul to Karan KC, no run

That's a good response from the bowler, fires in a seething yorker right into the blockhole, he manages to defend

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
SD Hope
132 runs (129)
10 fours3 sixes
Productive shot
cover drive
29 runs
2 fours0 six
Control
82%
N Pooran
115 runs (94)
10 fours4 sixes
Productive shot
pull
16 runs
0 four2 sixes
Control
83%
Best performances - bowlers
JO Holder
O
10
M
0
R
34
W
3
ECO
3.4
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
LN Rajbanshi
O
10
M
0
R
52
W
3
ECO
5.2
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Harare Sports Club
TossNepal, elected to field first
Series
Season2023
Player Of The Match
Match numberODI no. 4593
Hours of play (local time)9.00 start, First Session 9.00-12.30, Interval 12.30-13.00, Second Session 13.00-16.30
Match days22 June 2023 - day (50-over match)
Umpires
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsWest Indies 2, Nepal 0
Language
English
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