After a disappointing campaign at the Instarem Singapore Tri-nation T20 Series 2019 in Singapore, Nepal headed to Oman to participate in the Oman Pentangular T20 Series that begin on October 05, 2019.
Nepal played its first match of the series against Hong Kong on October 06, 2019 at the AI Amarat cricket stadium and won by a margin of four wickets.
Nepal won the toss and elected to field first. Hong Kong opened its innings with batsmen Ahsan Abbasi and Nazakat Khan. Abbasi and Khan made a decent start when they scored 13 and 23 runs, respectively.
This was followed by KD Shah’s 31 runs from 31 deliveries. Waqas Barkat remained the highest scorer in the team with 37 runs from 47 deliveries.
Overall, Hong Kong made a score of 125 runs from 20 overs
In terms of bowling, K Christie and Nasrulla Rana were the highest wicket takers who picked two Nepali wickets each.
When it was Nepal’s turn, skipper Paras Khadka and player P Sarraf opened the Nepali account. In a shocking turn of events, skipper Paras Khadka (who recently earned the title of first Nepali captain to score a 100) was bowled out in the very first ball of the first over by K Christie.
The team’s hopes further weakened when Nasrulla Rana bowled Sarraf at 10 runs.
Nepal’s success in the match relied heavily on Binod Bhandari’s 58 runs including three sixes from 48 deliveries.
Finally, the Nepali team pulled off a total of 126 runs in 20 overs.
On the bowling side, Karan KC was Nepal’s strongest player, who picked up four Hong Kong wickets.
With this match, Nepal has earned two points on the points table.
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