KATHMANDU, Mar 4: Nepal has lost its first match of ICC World Cup Qualifiers held at Bulawayo on Sunday.
Chasing the huge run-target of 381 runs in their match against hosts Zimbabwe, Nepal could make only 264 runs in 50 over with the fall of eight wickets.
Sharad Veswakar scored highest 52 runs off 48 balls including six fours and one six. Likewise, Aarif Sheikh hit 50 runs off 59 balls with five fours. Captain Paras Kahadka scored 40 runs before returning to the pavilion.
Earlier, Zimbabwe, which had won the toss, chose to bat, testing Nepal’s bowling strengths to put 380 at the loss of 6 wickets in 50 over.
Zimbabwe struck 16 sixes and 24 fours to reach the total.
Sompal Kami and Basanta Regmi took two wickets each while Lalit Rajbanshi and Sandeep Lamichhane took one wicket each.
Brendon Taylor scored the highest run, 123 in 66 balls hitting 9 sixes and 7 fours.
This is the first time Nepal has played against Zimbabwe.
Nepal will now face Scotland in the second match of the tournament on March 8.