KATHMANDU — Hong Kong have defeated Nepal by 83 runs during first ICC World Cricket League Championship match at Mission Road Ground, Mong Kok in Hong Kong on Friday.
With this, Nepal’s dream to play 2018 ICC World Cup Qualifiers has almost been shattered.
After losing the toss, Hong Kong elected to bat first and posted 195 runs target against Nepal. But Nepal fell short by 83 runs as they were bundled out by the Hong Kong in just 34.5 overs.
JJ Atkinson top-scored 76 runs off 117 balls hitting nine boundaries and a six while Tanwir Afzal contributed 38 runs from 42 balls including three boundaries and three sixes for Hong Kong. Similarly, skipper Babar Hayat scored 29 runs off 26 balls with the help of two fours and a six.
Nepal’s spinner Sandeep Lamichhane claimed three wickets while Basanta Regmi and Karan KC grabbed two wickets each and Sushan Bhari claimed one wicket.
Skipper Paras Khadka scored highest 26 runs for Nepal. Likewise, Arif Sheikh contributed 22 runs, Vice-Captain Gyanendra Malla made 21 runs, Binod Bhandari 18 and Sompal Kami 11. Other players couldn’t make double digit.
Nepal will now play their second match against Hong Kong on Sunday.