KATHMANDU — Nepal defeated Kenya by three wickets in their fourth match of the ICC World Cricket League Division II match on Monday in Namibia.
In the last over of the innings, Nepal still required six runs, with four wickets in hand to chase down 178 runs amassed by Kenya. But Nepal sealed the much needed victory after Sompal Kami tucked last ball of the innings away to leg side and fielder coming from deep fails to pick it up cleanly leaving Nepali batsmen enough time to scamper for second run.
Spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, who earlier took five wickets and bowled five maidens, was declared the man of the match.
Rohit Kumar Paudel top scored 47 runs off 86 balls, followed by Aarif Sheikh 42, and Captain Paras Khadka 42 and Sarad Vesawakar chipped 19.
Earlier, Nepal won the toss and invited Kenya to bat first in which the latter posted 177 runs by losing eight wickets in the allotted 50 overs. Skipper Paras Khadka opted to field first in a crucial encounter of the campaign with a place at world cup qualifier at stake.
IA Karim scored the highest 42 runs off 100 balls and and AA Obanda scored 41 off 46 balls for Kenya. Emmanuel Ringera took three Nepali scalps while Odhiambo brothers and Ngoche chipped in with a wicket each.
Man-of-the-match Lamichanne bamboozled Kenyan batsmen with five wicket haul of his leg spin bowling. He was pick of the bowlers with 10-5-20-5.
Basanta Regmi, Sompal Kami and Sarad Vesawkar chipped in with a wicket each.
With this victroy, Nepal is inch closer of sealing a berth at the 2019 World Cup qualifier to be held next month in Zimbabwe as the top two team from the ICC WCLD II will make it to the World Cup qualifier.
With the victory, Nepal won three matches and lost one and are still in contention for a top-two finish in the tournament.