Sandeep Lamichhane took 4 wickets as Nepal beat Papua New Guinea on Tuesday.© Twitter
Nepal registered their first ODI win over Papua New Guinea as they won the first match of the two-game series by two wickets. Spinner Sandeep Lamichhane took four wickets and Rohit Poudel produced a fine performance with the bat. Nepal’s middle order faltered while chasing the target of 135 runs. Kushal Bhurtel and Ashif Sheikh shared a 46-run opening partnership but after the wickets kept falling, Nepal’s old batting problem came to the surface again. Poudel scored 41 runs to lead Nepal to victory. Opting to bat after winning the toss at Al Amerat Cricket Ground in Oman, PNG were all out for 134 in 33 overs.
Charles Amini top-scorer with his 23 runs. Gaudi Toka scored 22 runs, wicketkeeper Kiplin Doriga got 15 runs and Sese Bau added 14 runs to PNG’s total. Chad Soper remained unbeaten on 17 runs. While Pokna added one run, Jason Kila and Damien Rabhu could not even open their accounts.
For Nepal, Sandeep Lamichhane took four wickets while Bikram Sob and Kushal Malla took two wickets each. Sompal Kami took one wicket.
PNG had suffered defeat in the One Day International (ODI) match against the United States on Monday.
Nepal has faced PNG four times in 50-over matches so far. Three matches were won by Papua New Guinea and one by Nepal. The two teams met for the first time in the 2005 World Cup qualifiers.
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