Nepal loses to Oman in its first-ever home ODI in Kathmandu on Wednesday. (Photo/Khabarhub)
KATHMANDU: Nepal lost its first-ever home ODI against Oman. Oman won the match by 18 runs under the triangular series of the ICC World Cup League 2 underway at TU Cricket Ground in Kritipur on Wednesday.
Captain Zeeshan Maqsood led the way with three wickets with the ball, as Nepal were bowled out for 179 in the 47th over.
Sharad Vesawkar anchored the chase for the home team with 55, but their hopes were as good as ended when he was bowled by Aaqib Ilyas.
Earlier, Mohammed Nadeem had played the pivotal innings. His 69 not out hoisted the tourists from 57-5 to what was eventually a challenging total of 197-9 from their 50 overs.
Karan KC took 4-47, and Sushan Bhari 3-14 from 10 overs of left-arm spin.
The win moves Oman to within two points of United States at the top of the Cricket World Cup League Two.
Those two sides meet in the second match of the triangular series, at the same ground on Thursday.
Earlier, Oman had set a 198-run target for Nepal at the opening match under the triangular series of the ICC World Cup League 2 underway at TU Cricket Ground in Kritipur on Wednesday.
Sent in to bat first after losing the toss, Oman’s Mohammad Nadeem made the highest 69 runs including five fours and two sixes off 96 balls and remained not-out. Similarly, Sandeep Goud scored 33 runs including three fours and one six off 72 balls while Naseem Khushi made 28 off 18 balls.
Nepal’s Karan KC took the highest four wickets conceding 47 runs in nine overs, Sushan Bhari grabbed three wickets giving away 14 runs in 10 overs while DS Airee claimed one wicket of Oman.
Nepal is playing the first series at its home ground after it got the recognition of One Day Series.
The tournament, which will continue till 12 February, will have six matches and Nepal, Oman and the USA will play the triangular series.
Each team will play two games. Nepal will play its second match with the US on February 8 and the third match with Oman on February 9.
Nepal, Scotland, UAE, Namibia, Oman, PNG, and the USA are in League Two of the ICC Cricket. All teams except Nepal have already played their first match.
So far, the USA is at the top of the scoreboard with 12 points with six wins out of eight matches played.
Nepal became the 36th country to host full ODI cricket