In a gripping encounter at Kirtipur’s cricket grounds, Nepal emerged triumphant over Canada by a slender margin of 7 runs in their first One Day International (ODI) clash on Thursday. The match showcased a rollercoaster of emotions as both teams battled fiercely for dominance.
Opting to bat first, Nepal set a target of 224 runs within the allotted 50 overs. Despite facing a formidable Canadian bowling attack, Nepal managed to reach a competitive total, courtesy of some determined batting performances.
However, the real drama unfolded during Canada’s chase. Initially, the Canadian side seemed well-positioned to chase down the target, cruising at 189 runs with 5 wickets down in the 37th over. Yet, a remarkable bowling display from the Nepali team turned the tide of the game.
Led by Rohit Paudel’s stellar performance, who scalped 4 crucial wickets in just 8.5 overs, and supported by Lalit Rajbanshi’s disciplined spell of 2 wickets in 8 overs, Nepal’s bowlers wreaked havoc on the Canadian batting lineup. Sompal Kami, Rijan Dhakal, Pawan Sarraf, and Kushal Malla also contributed with a wicket each, collectively dismantling Canada’s batting order.
The momentum shifted drastically as Canada’s innings folded at 217 runs, falling short of the target by a mere 7 runs. The dramatic collapse in the latter stage of their innings left Canadian fans stunned and Nepal jubilant, marking a memorable victory for the home team.
With this thrilling win, Nepal has made a resounding statement in the world of international cricket, showcasing their growing prowess on the global stage. The intense contest between Nepal and Canada has set the stage for an exhilarating series ahead, promising more riveting cricketing action in the days to come.