February 13, 2020 09:26 AM NPT
By: Rajan Shah
Sandeep Lamichhane kisses the TU cricket ground turf after completing five-wicket-haul against the United States in Kirtipur on Wednesday. Photo: Republica
KATHMANDU, Feb 13: Spin sensation Sandeep Lamichhane registered many records in Nepal cricket team’s commanding eight-wicket win against the United States (US) during the last match of the ICC Cricket World Cup tri-series at TU Cricket Ground in Kirtipur on Wednesday.
Leg-spinner Lamichhane went on to break multiple records with his bowling figures of 6-1-16-6. He registered career-best spell for Nepal in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) bettering Sompal Kami’s record against the United Arab (UAE) Emirates last year.
The player-of-the-match Lamichhane’s record is seventh-best overall performance by a spinner in ODIs whereas fifth-best by a leg-spinner behind the likes of Shahid Afridi, Imran Tahir, Anil Kumble and Rashid Khan.
Lamichhane looks back at wicket-less 10-over spell which he bowled against Oman when Nepal suffered a thumping eight-wicket loss as a motivation.
“It is all about getting experience. I was not able to pick wicket the other day. I felt like I let down the team. But I take it as motivation. Sometimes the opposition plays better cricket. They always plan well against main bowlers,” said Lamichhane speaking post-match.
He credited spin bowling partners Susan Bhari for being consistent at the other end helping form a partnership which eventually paved Nepal’s way to win.
“I want to give Sushan special credit. He has been very consistent.”
Similarly, it is second-best by an associate cricketer behind Khan’s seven wickets for 18 runs against West Indies in Gros Islet on 2017. He, light-heartedly, mentioned that he now has the number one bowling figures in Associate Cricket after Rashid Khan’s promotion as a Test player.
“I am more proud of the team effort that gave us the win rather than individual records. Two wins out of four leaves in good place with 32 more ODIs to go,” summed up Lamichhane.
The US were all-out for 35 runs, joint record-lowest in One-Day Internationals (ODIs), batting first before Nepal chased down the target in 32 deliveries to make it two wins in as many matches against the visiting side.