Nepali cricketer Sompal Kami, after completing his half-century against MCC, greets the audience. Photo: Rajan Shah/ Republica
KATHMANDU, Nov 8: Host Nepal has lost first-class (three-day) cricket match against the visiting Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).
In the match played at Tribhuwan University cricket ground in Kirtipur, MCC defeated Nepal by 208 runs.
Chasing the target of 393 set by MCC, Nepal could score only 184 runs losing all the wickets in the 41st over. A half-century by Sompal Kami couldn’t lead the team to the target as only Raju Rijal (31), Sandeep Lamichhane (25) and Sharad Veshawakar (14) reached the double-digit mark. Kami scored 51 runs off 83 balls which included 5 fours and a maximum. Captain Gyanendra Malla contributed only 6 runs while Dipendra Singh Airee, Binod Bhandari and Pawan Sarraf were out without scoring.
OJ Hannon-Dalby of MCC dismantled the Nepali line up hauling 5 wickets. Similarly, AT Thomson sent 3 Nepali batsmen to the pavilion.
Earlier MCC declared after scoring 186 at the loss of 6 wickets in its second innings. BA Godleman scored highest, 39 for the team. Nepal’s Karan KC claimed 3 MCC wickets.
Nepal won the toss and opted to field first in the first day. After posting 364 runs in the first innings, MCC bowled out Nepal for 153 runs making a lead of 211 runs. Sandeep Lamichhane, the leading scorer for Nepali side in its first innings with 39 runs.
MCC has posted 364 runs in the first innings after Nepal won the toss and elected to field first in the first day. MCC restricted Nepal to 153 to take a lead of 211 runs in the first innings. Sandeep Lamichhane was the top scorer for Nepal in the first innings as he scored an unbeaten 39 runs off 21 balls with 2 fours and 4 sixes.
MCC is on Nepal tour for its 'legacy tour' which consists of one three-day game, two 50-over matches and three T20s games.