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Paras masterminds Pak downfall

Posted by Prabin the सोभित on सोमवार, मे 12, 2008

THE KATHMANDU POST REPORT

May 11 – Stand-in skipper Paras Khadka ambushed the visiting Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Academy batsmen with spin to help CAN XI register a 15-run upset win in the third match at the TU Cricket Ground Sunday.

Thrashed for 47 runs in the first two overs while defending a paltry total of 136, Paras used spinners from the third over and the tweakers rose to the occasion to bowl the visitors out in the 29th over with Sanjam Regmi’s five-wicket haul being the stand out performance.

Pakistan, boasting five players with ODI experience in the playing eleven, looked to be in a hurry and threatened to finish the chase in the seven overs before the scheduled lunch. Ahmed Shahzad took five fours off left arm seamer Amrit Bhattarai’s first over and his opening partner Raheel Majeed then hammered Dhirendra Chand for four boundaries and a six in the second over that also had a bye four.

Paras, captaining the side in place of Binod Das who was rested along with star allrounder Mehboob Alam, then brought Shakti Gauchan from Amrit’s end and replaced Dhirendra with Basanta Regmi to change the complexion of the match.

“The match became 70-30 (in favor of Pakistan) by the end of the second over and I had no option other than to bring spinners,” Paras said after the match. Shakti had Raheel, who got 27 off 14 with five fours and a six, caught by Gyanendra Malla in the last over before lunch to make it 63/1 and Basanta then made Ahmed, who made 32 off 25 with seven fours, hole out to Sharad Vesawkar in the first over after the resumption of play to put brakes on the scoring rate.

But the cocky Pakistanis continued to play aggressive strokes as if to put the vocal supporters in their place but once Khalid Latif, 20 off 22, was trapped in front by Sanjam in the 13th over as the fourth wicket at the team score of 91, no other batsman could break the shackles and could not even reach double figures.

Basanta took three wickets for 28 runs in his single spell of eight overs while Sanjam, who came after Shakti’s five-over spell, bowled unchanged to finish the match with magical figures of 8.3-4-6-5 to give Nepal a victory against the strongest opponents it may have faced till date. He conceded only two runs to the batsmen – the other four being wides.

Man-of-the-match Sanjam, who incurred the wrath of Pakistani speedsters in the previous two matches and was nearly flattened twice by Sohail Khan -already a senior international and touted as the next Shoaib Akhtar – in the first match, had the last laugh as he handed the Pakistani team an embarrassing loss after a hugely successful trip of Bangladesh. Sharad bowled five overs of fastish off-spin replacing Basanta and took a wicket as the visitors were bundled out for 121 runs in 28.3 overs.

“Sanjam bowled to the field and did not give away runs. That was crucial as we were defending a small total. The wicket by Shakti dai (elder brother) just before lunch was also crucial,” Paras tried to downplay his captaincy adding a cricketing cliche, “A captain is only as good as the team.”

Paras also singled out Shakti for his disciplined batting that gave Nepal a hope of competing -in his own words – after two comprehensive thrashings. Shakti made unbeaten 50 off 109 balls, the only fifty by a Nepali batsman in the series, and added crucial 56 runs for the seventh wicket with injured keeper batsman Mahesh Chhetri, who came in at No 8, after Nepal looked doomed at 45/6 in the 12th over. Sanjam (5) and Amrit (6) then helped Shakti complete his fifty as Nepal was dismissed for 136 in 38.2 overs.

Such was the dominance of the visiting bowlers that apart from Shakti and Mahesh, who made 20 off 50 balls, opener Paresh Lohani (11) was the only other batsman to cross double figures. Opening bowler Mohammad Aamir, playing his first match of the series, bowled through his quota of 10 overs taking 5/28 while Ahmed took 2/18.

“These are the toughest opponents we have played so far and we are not going to face such strong opponents even in Jersey. So, we are obviously confident about the WCL Div 5 after this victory,” Paras conceded. “But we have to improve our system if we have to make progress. Our batsmen always get exposed by quality bowlers and we can not always rely on our bowlers,” Paras warned.

3 Responses to “Paras masterminds Pak downfall”

  1. Yes off course, They have to do it again and again if they want to raise their standard in international arena.

    we can only wish and give support to them.

    best of luck, keep fighting

  2. nishchal said

    wow congrats nepal
    very good performance
    u have to repeat your performance in world cup qualifing

  3. CAN-XI stun PCB Academy

    Himalayan News Service, Kathmandu, May 11:

    Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) XI pulled off a thrilling 15-run victory over Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Academy XI in the third and final friendly match, thanks to a patient batting by Shakti Gauchan and superb spell from Sanjam Regmi.

    Batting first after make-shift opener Paras Khadka won the toss, CAN-XI were bowled out for 136 runs in 38.2 overs before restricting the visitors for 121 in 28.3 overs. The visitors looked as dangerous as they were in the previous two matches. They reduced the home side to 45/6 in 11 overs and hammered Nepali bowlers for 47 runs in two overs in reply. But it was Shakti Gauchan with the bat and Sanjam Regmi with the ball turned the things around. Gauchan scored an unbeaten 50 – the first half century by a Nepali player in the series – under pressure, while Sanjam returned to rattled down the Pakistani batting line-up with his off spin.

    “It was a very good morale boosting win for us,” conceded Nepal’s coach Roy Luke Dias. “They are a very very strong side and they never give up things easily,” he added, thanking Shakti Gauchan for his valiant effort with both bat and the ball.

    “A good captaincy from Paras, was the turning point of the match,” said Dias. “After the opening bowlers were hammered for 47 runs in the first two overs, Paras brought in Shakti Gauchan and Basanta Regmi. He then replaced Shakti with Sanjam and later gave the ball to Sharad Vesawkar. That was a very good captaincy from Paras,” said the former Sri Lankan Test player.

    Dias also praised wicketkeeper Mahesh Chhetri, who took to the field in the later part innings despite being hit by the ball in his toe. “He is a gutsy player. He batted despite being injured and later helped boost the spinners’ confidence with the gloves,” he added. Dipendra Chaudhary had replaced Mahesh in the wicket-keeping job after sustaing injury in his foot during their batting.

    The PCB Academy had a blistering start scoring 47 runs from the first two overs. Amrit Bhattarai conceded five fours in the first over, while Dhirendra Chand was hit for four boundaries and a six. Makeshift captain Paras Khadka immediately brought in spinners from both the ends to check the run-rate and that worked. Shakti Gauchan and Basanta Regmi conceded just one run each in the next two overs.

    Openers Ahamad Shahzad and Raheel Majeed put on 63 runs on the board in six overs before Shakti had Majeed caught by Gyanendra Malla the very next over. Majeed hit five fours and a six in his 14-ball 27. Shahzad followed soon when Sharad Vesawkar took a well-judged catch off Basanta in the next over. Khurram Nazir was snapped by substitute Raj Kumar Pradhan off Basanta in the 10th over and Sanjam dismissed Khalid Latif to reduce the visitors to 91-4. Latif hit four fours in his 22-ball 20 before being trapped leg before wicket.

    The PCB Academy players came under tremendous pressure when Sanjam got three more wickets and Basanta added one more to his scalp reducing the visitors for 108-9. The visitors lost their five wickets for just 17 runs.

    Sanjam completed his five-wicket haul when he had Shoail Khan (6) caught by Sharad Vesawkar. Sanjam returned with the figures of 8.3-4-6-5 and earned the man of the match award. Basanta took 3-28, Shakti 1-21 in five overs and Vesawkar 1-18 in five overs.

    The PCB Academy coach Ijaz Ahmed was dissapointed with the way his boys took the match. “We lost the match because Nepali side played very well,” said the former Pakistani Test player. “I will be the one who will be very happy if Nepal plays the World Cup,” he said.

    Earlier, Nepal made a disastrous start losing Gyanendra Malla for a duck. Opener Paresh Lohani and Sharad Vesawkar added 18 runs for the second wicket before Vesawkar was dismissed in the fourth over. Paresh (11) also returned after adding 13 runs with Shakti Gauchan, making it 33-3 in 4.5 overs.
    CAN-XI were reeling at 45-6 in 11 overs after they lost Basanta Regmi (2), Paras Khadka (1) and Dipendra Chaudhary (0) cheaply. But Shakti and Mahesh Chhetri kept the score ticking. The duo shared a stand of 56 runs for the seventh wicket before wicketkeeper Chhetri was dismissed by Syed Imad Wasim.

    Dhirendra Chand (0) and Sanjam Regmi (5) failed to support Shakti who then partnered
    with last-man Amrit Bhattarai. The two added 26 runs before Bhattarai was caught behind
    by Sarfaraz Ahmed off Sohail Khan. Shakti’s unbeaten 50 came off 109 balls and included five fours and a six.

    PCB Academy won the first match by seven wickets on Thursday and defeated the home side by 109 runs in the second match on Friday.

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