Aizaz Khan picked 3 wickets © Getty Images
Aizaz Khan picked 3 wickets © Getty Images

Hong Kong after a disappointing outing with the bat, defended a paltry total of 194 against Nepal in ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCLC). Nepal’s batting never took off and were always behind the eight-ball. Hong Kong’s Aizaz Khan and Ehsan Khan made life a nightmare for the opponents, getting wickets aplenty.

The likes of Paras Khadka and Aarif Sheikh could put up a fight resulting in an 84-run defeat. A win here would have kept Nepal’s chances to the ICC World Cup 2019 Qualifiers alive. In the end the target proved too much as Nepal bundled for 111 within 34.5 overs.

Tanwir Afzal got things running for Hong Kong, getting Sagar Pun first-up. Aizaz initiated the collapse by getting Gyanendra Malla’s wicket for 21. However, his biggest wicket of the day was that of Nepal skipper Khadka who contributed a mere 29. Khadka looked quite calm in the middle but could not protect his wicket for long. Aizaz soon picked up his third wicket, getting Dipendra Airee caught behind for 3.

Aarif along with Sompal Kami did put a fight in the middle but Eshan Khan broke their resistant. Eshan first got Sompal for 11, then Aarif leg before for 23.

Eshan in the same over cleaned up Basant Regmi for a duck. Karan KC, too, fell for nought giving a simple catch and bowl chance to Kyle Christie. Ehsan bagged his fourth as Binod Bhandari fell for 18.

He rounded off a memorable show by taking his fifth wicket and guiding Hong Kong beat Nepal by comfortably.

With this win Hong Kong have moved to the fourth spot in the table in WCLC standings.

Earlier in the day, Nepal won the toss and asked Hong Kong to bat.  Jamie Atkinson, Tanwir Afzal and Babar Hayat added stability to their innings post a initial collapse. Atkinson top-scored with 76, while Afzal’s lately blitz ensured Hong Kong reach 194.

Sandeep Lamichhane starred with the ball for Nepal, picking three wickets. Karan KC and Basant Regmi picked two each.

Brief scores:

Hong Kong 194 all out in 50 overs (Jamie Aktinson 76, Tanwir Afzal 38 ; Sandeep Lamicchane 3 for 48 ) beat Nepal 111 all out 34.5 (Paras Khadka 26, Aarif Sheikh 23; Aizaz Khan 3 for 18, Ehsan Khan 5 for 17) by 84 runs.