Binod Bhandari's half-century takes Nepal to 4-wicket win in their first pentangular series match
Nepal won the toss and put in Hong Kong to bat first. Hong Kong had a decent start with both Ahsan Abbasi and Nizakat Khan getting into double figures.
Hong Kong 125-6 [Barkat37(47), KD Shah(c)31(31); KC Karan4/36, Abinash Bohara1/17]
Nepal 126-6 [Bhandari(wk)58(48), Aarif Sheikh21(24); Nasrulla Rana2/14, Kyle Christie2/25]
Result - Nepal won by 4 wickets
Both openers were dismissed in quick succession by KC Karan. The run out of skipper Kinchit Shah came as a big setback for Hong Kong. Although Waqas Barkat scored 37 runs, he did that at a strike rate of below 80 which allowed Hong Kong to reach only 125.
It was a peculiar bowling day for KC Karan who took four wickets but was very expensive given the match situation and conceded runs at nine runs per over.
Nepal's hopes were jolted when captain Paras Khadka was dismissed for a golden duck. A few quick wickets in the middle saw Hong Kong come back into the match but Aarif Sheikh ensured that the team did not panic.
An unbeaten half-century from wicketkeeper Binod Bhandari ultimately took the team home by four wickets. Kyle Christie and Nasrulla Rana were the pick of the bowlers for Hong Kong and claimed two wickets each.
Nepal- Binod Bhandari, Paras Khadka, Dipendra Singh Airee, Rohit Paudel, Sompal Kami, Aarif Sheikh, Pawan Sarraf, KC Karan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Lalit Rajbanshi, Abinash Bohara
Hong Kong- Aarush Bhagwat, Kinchit Shah, Nizakat Khan, Raag Kapur, Shahid Wasif, Ahsan Abbasi, Waqas Barkat, Ehsan Khan, Mohammad Ghazanfar, Kyle Christie, Nasrulla Rana
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