By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Mar 11, 2017
Kenya cricket team overcome a huge crowd and rain to beat hosts Nepal the ICC World Cricket League Championship clash on Saturday.
Over 20,000 fans watch in disbelief as the visitors snatched a five-wickets win. The win saw Kenya stay above Nepal on the table.
After the toss was delayed by rain, Kenya opted for the obvious when they chose to bowl first in conditions that had a lot on offer for the bowlers.
They adapted well by restricting Nepal to 112 for 8 in 36 overs thanks to Shem Obado’s 3 for 18 bowling spell.
Despite further rain breaks, Kenya, who were finally set a target of 94 in 26 overs, chased it down comfortably with 11 balls to spare.
The hosts lost their first five wickets with only 66 on the board from 23 overs and, at 82 for 8 in the 32nd over, were in danger of being bowled out for less than 100.
But, a ninth-wicket partnership of 30, the best for Nepal, between Shakti Gauchan and Sompal Kami lifted them to 112 for 8 before rain arrived again in the 36th over.
Earlier, Gyanendra Malla, who was captaining the side in place of Paras Khadka, began well for his side, hitting two fours off the first couple of deliveries in the second over.
But, some tidy bowling in the following overs from Nehemiah Odhiambo and Elijah Otieno choked the run flow, forcing Nepal to attempt new methods.
Malla found the fence twice
Otieno removed opener Sunil Dhamala, and despite runs hardly coming by, Malla still managed to find the fence twice in succession again in the 10th over.
However, Malla fell immediately after as Odhiambo too registered his name in the wickets tally.
As Nepal struggled along at about three runs an over, regular wickets further worsened their chase with them being four down for just 57 on the board in 20 overs.
While both Nehemiah and Nelson Odhiambo did the damage up front with three wickets each, Obado's slow left-armers pushed Nepal into a pit.
His three wickets ensured there was no room for recovery as rain came once again to halt the innings at the 35-over mark with Nepal eight down on 103.
The target was revised to 104 off 29 overs, then to 96 from 28 overs, before being finally updated to 94 in 26 overs, but none of it looked challenging enough for Kenya to buckle under pressure.
Kenya got into early trouble, losing three wickets for just 21 on the board but a 44-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Collins Obuya and Rakep Patel put them back on track for a comfortable win.
Sandeep Lamichhane picked up two wickets in back-to-back overs, including that of Obuya, but the captain stayed till the end to see his side through, by hitting the winning runs in the form of a six, winning the game by five wickets and bagging two points.
Nepal 112/8 in 36 overs (Gyanendra Malla 27; Shem Ngoche 3-18) lose to Kenya 98/5 in 24.1 overs (Rakep Patel 34*, Collins Obuya 24; Sagar Pun 2-8) by five wickets (DLS method).