Nepal taste first defeat against Malaysia
Posted by Prabin the सोभित on सोमवार, नोभेम्बर 23, 2009
Mahesh Acharya, The Himalayan Times, SHARJAH:
Nepal suffered the first ever loss against Malaysia when they went down by six wickets in the opening match of the ACC Twenty20 Cup at the Sharjah International Stadium here today.
Electing to bat first, Nepal scored 112-7 in 20 overs and Malaysia overcame the target losing four wickets in 17.2 overs. This was the first time Nepal lost against Malaysia in any form and level of cricket. Nepal made a good start with openers Paresh Lohani and Mehboob Alam scoring 40 runs in six overs. But the things slowed down thereafter and the Nepali batsmen struggled to build partnerships as the wickets fell in regular intervals.
Lohani was the first to depart in the eighth over for 19 off 20 balls that included two fours. Dipendra Chaudhary followed soon and Nepal came under pressure when Mehboob Alam was out in the 11th over with 63 runs on the board. Alam top scored for the team with 31 off 34 balls that included four boundaries.
Vice captain Gyanendra Malla and skipper Paras Khadka (10) then took the score to 92 before the skipper was dismissed for 10 runs. Sharad Vesawkar joined Gyanendra but the duo also failed to hit big shots as Nepal added just 27 runs off the last three overs. Gyanendra (22) was the second best contributor for Nepal.
In reply, the Nepali bowlers struggled with the line and length allowing Malaysia to score
runs freely. They lost two quick wickets but were never look troubled. Binod Das took a wicket with the second ball of the second over to reduce Malaysia to 6-1
and Paras, after being hammered three fours in an over, had Thusara Kodikara in the fifth over.
When Sanjam Regmi struck, the Malaysians had already reached 67 in the 10th over. Shakti Gauchan also claimed a scalp when he struck in the 16th over but by the time the Malaysians needed just five runs for victory. Mohammad Faiz top-scored for Malaysia with an unbeaten 40 off 34 balls, while Rakesh Mahadevan scored 30 off 31. Thusara Kodikara chipped in with a quick fire 20 off 12 balls.
Nepal coach Roy Luke Dias said the team flopped in all three departments. “We had a satisfactory start but the batsmen failed to score in the middle overs,” said Dias. “We fell short of at least 30 runs”, added the coach. Skipper Paras was also equally disappointed with the performance. “It was a good pitch to bat but we failed to convert our starts into big scores,” said Paras. He also said his team need to improve fielding.
Asked about the feeling of losing the first match against Malaysia, Paras said: “It had to happen one day and it happened here. As a captain I tried what I could but the players lack enthusiasm.” He also said the team could have done better despite the low score. “All went wrong today and I urge all the team members to go forward positively and come good in the remaining matches,” he said.
Regarding the next match against Kuwait on Monday, coach Dias is planning to open the inning with Mehboob Alam and Dipendra Chaudhary. “I think Paresh was not doing his duty well today and he will have to stay out. I will go with four medium pace bowlers as I have options to shuffle the batting order,” he said. Amrit Bhattarai, who complained of stomach pain minutes before the playing eleven was selected today, is all set to replace Paresh as the only change in the next match.
Here is the link for scorecard: http://www.emiratescricket.com/ecb/ACC%20T20/day1/nepalmal.htm