In a rather one-sided contest held in Nepal, the home team secured a resounding victory against Hong Kong in today’s tri-nation T20I match. Nepal’s strong performance in both batting and bowling helped them secure a remarkable win by a convincing margin of 79 runs.
Nepal Sets the Stage:
Nepal’s innings commenced on a shaky note as openers Kushal Bhurtel and Ashif Shaikh were dismissed for 2 and 20 runs, respectively. The team’s rocky start continued with Sompal Kami being dismissed for just 8 runs and the captain, Rohit Paudel, managing only 11 runs. However, a stunning recovery was in the making.
Malla and Airee Shine with Record Partnership:
The standout performances of the day came from Kushal Malla and Dipendra Singh Airee, who played explosive innings to help Nepal post an imposing total. Malla and Airee combined to form a spectacular 145-run partnership, which became the highest run partnership for the fifth wicket in a T20I game ever. Kushal Malla showcased his prowess by hammering 92 runs off a mere 41 balls, laced with 3 boundaries and a breathtaking 9 sixes. Airee complemented Malla’s brilliance with an equally impressive 57 runs, coming off 34 balls, embellished with 6 fours and 2 towering sixes. Their partnership was instrumental in Nepal’s resurgence, allowing them to set a formidable target of 214 runs.
Nepal’s Bowling Precision:
Nepal’s bowlers also played a pivotal role in securing the victory, consistently putting pressure on Hong Kong’s batsmen. Karan KC, Sompal Kami, and Lalit Rajvanshi each took 2 wickets, further tilting the scales in favor of Nepal. Pratis GC and Dipendra Singh Airee joined the wicket-taking party, each claiming a scalp to further hinder the opposition’s progress. Hong Kong, in their pursuit of 214, managed to score 134 runs, losing 8 wickets in the process.
Player of the Match:
Kushal Malla’s sensational performance with the bat earned him the coveted “Player of the Match” award, rightfully recognizing his vital contribution to Nepal’s triumph.
With this dominant win, Nepal has now secured their place in the final of the tri-series. This commanding win will undoubtedly boost Nepal’s confidence as they continue their campaign in the tri-nation T20I series.