(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
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
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
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
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
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.