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Nepal losing match against Kenya on home ground in ICC World

KATHMANDU Nepal (Xinhua) -- Nepal on Saturday lost its first match against Kenya by five wickets in ICC World League Championship at the Tribhuvan University cricket ground in the capital.

Though One Day International between home team Nepal and Kenya was supposed to begin at 9:30 a.m., the match was pushed hours later due to heavy rainfall.

Following the halt, the game was reduced to 29 overs in the second innings while target run was revised to 104 by D/L method.

After the second rain halt, the match was reduced to 26 overs with revised target of 94 runs.

Elected to bat first after losing the toss, Nepal had made 112 runs losing 8 wickets in 36 overs in the home ground.

Kenya met the target with the loss of 5 wickets with 11 balls remaining.

For Nepal, Gyanendra Malla scored highest 27 runs Deependra Sing Airee contributed 19 runs while Shakti Gauchan made 18 runs. Nepali skipper Paras Khadka missed the game owing to health constraints.

Both Nepal and Kenya are not in comfortable zone for the top four berths to qualify for the World Cup Qualifier 2018 and cannot afford to lose points at this stage.

Nepal are at the sixth position with six points, one spot and two points behind Kenya in the eight-team standing.

Both Nepal and Kenya are coming up after sharing the points in the previous round.

Top four teams after the home and away round robin league will automatically secure spots in next year’s World Cup Qualifiers.

More than 11,000 tickets were sold out for the much-awaited match of Saturday, regarded as highest number of viewers in Nepal’s cricket history.

Nepal is taking on Kenya in the second match of ICC World Cricket League Championship on Monday.

           

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