Kyle Coetzer    Getty Images
Kyle Coetzer Getty Images

Scotland registered their third win in the tournament by 4 wickets and continued their winning streak. Nepal elected to bat in the Match 11 of the ICC World Cup Qualifier 2018. They posted 149 before getting all out in the 48th over. Scotland chased the total in 42nd over with Kyle Coetzer scoring an unbeaten 88. His innings included 7 fours and 3 sixes.

Nepal were in the game when they took 3 for 15, reducing Scotland to 87 for 4. They failed to capitalise on that, and could not get past Coetzer. No other Scottish batsman scored above 20 runs. Sandeep Lamichhane and Basant Regmi claimed two wickets each.

In the first innings, Stuart Whittingham and Safyaan Sharif ran through the Nepalese batting line up, reducing them to 14 for 4 under 5 overs. Then Paras Khadka stood stall for his team, playing a captain’s innings of 63 before falling prey to Tom Sole in the 29th over. Five batsmen were out for single digit score, including a golden duck by Sharad Vesawkar. Khadka stitched a 42 run partnership with Sompal Kami (18) for the sixth wicket partnership.

Nepal were 100 at the 29th over when Khadka got out. They could only manage 49 more in 17.4 overs. Whittingham was the top wicket-taker for Scotland, with 3 for 35 in his 10 overs. He was on a hat-trick in the fourth over of the match when he dismissed Dipendra Airee and Sharad Vesawkar.

With the win Scotland have secured their place in the Super Sixes. Nepal, on the other hand, need to win both their next games to keep their World Cup 2019 dream alive.

Brief scores

Nepal 149 in 47.4 overs (Paras Khadka 63; Stuart Whittingham 3 for 35) lost to Scotland 153 for 6 in 41.3 overs (Kyle Coetzer 88*; Basant Regmi 2 for 26) by 4 wickets with 51 balls to spare.