ICC: Nepal Defeats USA To Move To The Top

October 28, 2014

Singapore bowlers sealed a victory over Bermuda on day six of Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3. The day saw four teams in action, with defending champion Nepal defeating USA by 10 runs by the Duckworth-Lewis [D-L] Method to move to the top of the points table, and Singapore recording a three-wicket victory over Bermuda.

The two matches were restarted on Tuesday [Oct 28], the allocated reserve day, after being abandoned on Monday [Oct 27] due to rain.

The results set up a final day of group games, with each do-or-die encounter determining who will reach the tournament final, and who will be relegated to WCL Division 4. With six points, Nepal’s high net run-rate [NRR] almost guarantees the side a spot in Thursday’s [Oct 30] final, even if it loses Wednesday’s [Oct 29] clash against Malaysia.

However, three other teams are also in the running for a berth in the final, including Malaysia [four points] – if it beats Nepal by a large margin, it could leapfrog Uganda into second position if Uganda loses against Bermuda.

Uganda [six points] will be looking for a win to confirm its top-two finish, as a loss could see it drop from second to as low as fourth if both Malaysia and Singapore [four points] win their matches.

For the lowest-ranked teams, USA and Bermuda [both on two points], a win is required to prevent relegation to WCL Division 4 The USA faces Singapore in the third match of the day, and a convincing win could see the side jump as high as third when the NRR is calculated, while Bermuda requires a resounding win against Uganda to have a slim possibility of moving out of the bottom two.

At Kinrara Oval, replying to USA’s 223 for nine, Nepal was 73 for one in 22 overs when rain stopped play. When the match officials finally called the match off, Nepal was ahead by ten runs on D-L method. Opener Subash Khakurel, later adjudged man of the match, was unbeaten on 49 with four fours, and Gyanendra Malla was 22 not out as the two batsmen put on 72 runs for the unfinished second wicket partnership.

Earlier, USA posted 223 for nine from 50 overs, with 22-year-old Fahad Babar [59] scoring his first half-century of the tournament. Babar put on a 64-run partnership for the first wicket with Steven Taylor [36], while Timil Patel [39] and Muhammad Ghous [27 not out] also made useful contributions.

For Nepal, Shakti Gauchan claimed three wickets for 30 runs from 10 overs, while Sagar Pun and Basant Regmi took two wickets for 41 runs apiece.

Nepal now moves to the top of the points table, and Nepal coach Pubudu Dassanayake was delighted with the result, saying, “We are really confident now, because our net run-rate is very high. But from now on, we want to win each game. It’s not about leading the table, we want to win the final as well. The guys are really pumped, and they’re looking forward to two good days.

“The match has been played over two days, which can be a bit stressful because this game can actually be the decider. So, I am really happy that we got through. We came here to win the tournament, so we’ve got two games to go, and we are going to focus on those two games.”

Pubudu said that fan support continues to buoy Nepal in every match. “Today [Oct 28], like wherever we go, the supporters come and support us. It’s great to see them all the time, with lots of commitment despite this rain. They don’t leave until the game finishes, so a special thanks goes to all the fans.”

In the second match of the day, a four-wicket haul by Vijay Kumar Selladore helped Singapore record a three-wicket victory over Bermuda at Bayeumas.

Despite a shaky start, Singapore chased down the target of 125 in 31.3 overs for the loss of seven wickets to post 127 for its second win of the tournament.

Earlier, Bermuda won the toss and elected to bat, however, the top order batsmen were not able to establish themselves at the crease, with Terryn Fray [4], Dion Stovell [19] Christian Burgess [11] and Janeiro Tucker [9] departing in the first 10 overs with the scoreboard showing 58 for four.

The side was eventually bowled out for 124 in 27.5, with number-eight batsman Kamau Leverock finishing as the top scorer with 28.

For Singapore, man of the match Selladore claimed four middle-order wickets to return match figures of four wickets for 38 runs from 8.5 overs, while Abhiraj Singh snapped up three for 17 from four overs.

In response, Singapore lost two wickets for five runs in 1.4 overs before 35-year-old Chaminda Ruwan’s knock of 57 steadied the innings. Man of the match Selladore struck a four on the last delivery to see his side pass its target of 125 and finish on 127 for the loss of seven wickets.

Singapore skipper Saad Junjua was relieved to win the match. “We came with a different type of approach and didn’t quite execute it. I am pleased to have won two matches out of the four we’ve played, but there are a lot of things to work on fortomorrow’s match. I am looking forward to tomorrow, but we need to improve. I am sure we will do that.”

The teams will play their final group matches on Wednesday [Oct 29].

Points table as at Monday, [Oct 27]:

TeamPWTNRLPTSNRR
Nepal4300162.103
Uganda430016-0.374
Malaysia4200240.46
Snigapore420024-0.611
USA4100320.404
Bermuda410032-1.952

Scores in brief:

At Bayeumas

  • Bermuda 124 all out, 27.5 overs [Kamau Leverock 28; Vijay Kumar Selladore 4-38, Abhiraj Singh 3-17]
  • Singapore 127 for seven [Chaminda Ruwan 57; Kamau Leverock 3-16, Dion Stovell 2-32]
  • Singapore won by three wickets
  • Player of the Match: Vijay Kumar Selladore [Singapore]

At Kinrara

  • USA 223 for nine, 50 overs [Fahad Babar 59, Timil Patel 39, Steven Taylor 36, Muhammad Ghous 27 not out; Shakti Gauchan 3-30, Sagar Pun 2-41, Basant Regmi 2-41]
  • Nepal 73 for one, 22.0 overs [revised target of 64] [Subash Khakurel 49 not out, Gyanendra Malla 22 not out]
  • Nepal won by 10 runs [D-L method]
  • Player of the Match: Subash Khakurel [Nepal]

The fixtures for Wednesday are:

  • At Kinrara: USA v Singapore
  • At Bayeumas: Uganda v Bermuda
  • At Selangor Turf Club: Malaysia v Nepal

All matches are scheduled to start at 10.15 local time

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  1. I personally hope we,(Bermudians)aren’t paying a red cent toward this waste of money tournament held annually :-( How can we expect weekend cricketer go and compete with world reknown teams? We are so far off the mark and the only way we should be playing is if all expenses are paid by someone else.

    • PBanks says:

      The ICC actually is funding much of this. I get it, it’s easy to hate on international cricket.

      Both BCB and BFA have severely reduced public funding of late. BFA hasn’t been able to send a senior team overseas for years now. BCB has its own issues, including no longer having a women’s programme and having to trim at the administrative level.

      But you’re off the mark in suggesting that the likes of Malaysia and Singapore are world-renowned teams. They’re a small outfit like Bermuda, only difference is their players are performing up to standard. Whether it’s due to Bermuda having a weakened league, inefficiencies in training, more off-field issues with certain players, it doesn’t automatically mean that Bermuda should just drop out of international competition, which is something every young cricketer on the island should aspire to achieve.

  2. getting discouraged of bda's cricket says:

    When are we going to hold BCB Board and Coaches accountable? Favoritism
    is not prevailing, when are you going to change your tactic? when no one
    decides they don’t not want to play for the National Squad? when are you going to see that it is all about a trip same older guys going and not performing? when the heads decide to really be dedicated then it can be passed on to the players. (it is not always about the Dollar you
    people on the top) you are discouraging the youth coming up. Maybe changes should be made from the top.. NO ONE SEEMS TO KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING.

    • Varied says:

      I feel your pain, but the squad over there is primarily young players? Cann and Tucker are the only older guys who have been mainstays in the team.

      I agree that it’s a pain to see a national programme in place in which several top players aren’t part of for whatever reason. Get that sorted out.

  3. Islander says:

    Should have sent the Warriors – Champions all round

  4. Bermudican says:

    I like the thought that Bermuda is at least participating Where else would they get a chance to slap a six and have a Yetti catch them out? :)
    It is good for the Peoples of the world to communicate and this is a chance to do more than Play the game it is a chance to exchange ideas with others living in completely different cultures.

    You guys Play it to your best . Have Fun , and Represent. In the future take someone who goes century :)