Anil Mandal on his way to 72
Picture by Aric Tan

Nepal started their 2010 ACC Trophy Elite campaign with a convincing 118-run win over defending champions Hong Kong. Playing without their captain, Najeeb Amar, Hong Kong never really got into their groove, losing early wickets being five down by the end of the 12th over for just 56 runs.

Shakti Gauchan
Picture by Travis Pittman

What was described as a “good batting track” at the Unity Ground by both captains, Nepal’s Paras Khadka and Hong Kong’s Roy Lamsam, was utilised well by the Nepalese. Spinners were assisted with a lot of turn from the pitch and Hong Kong’s Nadeem Ahmed took 3 for 51. Choosing to bat, the loss of an early wicket never troubled Nepal as Anil Mandal (72) and Shakti Gauchan (68) put on a 118-run partnership for the second wicket. An entertaining 31 off 36 from Mahaboob Alam and 28 off 24 from Dipendra Chaudhary helped Nepal achieve 236 off their 50 overs.

Mahaboob Alam
Picture by Travis Pittman

“We could’ve scored much more, that’s what I think. We should have on a wicket as good as this,” said Khadka.

With a very uneven outfield, both teams deserve credit for fielding well. There were those dodgy instances where players chose to protect their faces, giving away four runs in those cases.

Hong Kong, unlike Nepal, were unable to pick themselves up after the loss of their early wickets. Ilyas Gul was their highest scorer (27 off 29 with 5 fours) while the rest of the team struggled to put runs on the board. Nepal’s Mehboob Alam (3-33) and Basant Regmi (2-17) were the pick of the bowlers but they all bowled well. Nepal move on to face Oman while Hong Kong play hosts Kuwait on April 2nd.

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Filed March 31st, 2010