After suffering a defeat in the first game, Nepal staged a brilliant comeback in the second game to tie the series.
Nepal staged a remarkable comeback with an impressive nine-wicket win over Zimbabwe A in the second unofficial One Day International match held at the Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground in Kirtipur on May 7th. It was indeed a much needed win for the hosts who lost the previous game by three wickets in a low scoring thriller.
The Zimbabwean batters who had recorded a hard-fought victory a day earlier could not show any kind of resistance when it was their turn to bat first on the Kirtipur wicket as the Nepalese bowlers made the most of the box and eventually went on to deliver the knockout blow. Unfortunately for the visitors, they didn’t have any outstanding performers in this competition.
Karan KC and Sompal Kami decimate Zimbabwe A
The coin landed in favor of the Nepalese skipper Sandeep Lamichane and he decided to go bowling first. The decision was indeed fair as last game hero and Zimbabwe A game winner Innocent Kaia was sent off for a golden duck. The other batters who followed barely staged a fight back as they were completely hoodwinked by the bowling attack in Nepal as the visitors continued to lose wickets at regular intervals.
With the exception of Cephas Zhuwao (10), Johnathan Campbell (27) and Brad Evans (20*), none of the other hitters could even hit double figures, and although Evans was going strong on one side, he ran out of partners to the other. end as the Zimbabweans failed to clear the 100-point mark and were dismissed for a meager 87 in the 37th.
Karan KC and Sompal Kami were the bowlers choice for Nepal with figures of 3/17 and 3/16 respectively. In response, the hosts crossed the finish line without breaking a sweat as the duo of Sunil Dhamala and Aasif Sheikh added 79 points for the opening stand. Even though Dhamala was dismissed for a run-a-ball 38, Nepal finished the formalities in just 12th, with fellow fly-half Shiekh undefeated on 34 runs from 31 deliveries.