Nepal lost to Ireland in the final match of the ongoing four-nation T20 series in Oman. Nepal lost to Ireland by 16 runs in the match played at AL Amrat Cricket Ground on Monday.
Nepal batting was able to score 111 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 20 overs in response to Ireland’s target of 128 runs. Dipendra Singh Airee scored the highest 28 runs for Nepal.
Asif Sheikh scored 23 runs, Kushal Bhurtel scored 15 and Kamal Airee scored 13 runs. Other batter could not score runs in double digits. In the bowling, Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, Mark Ader and Barry McCarthy of Ireland took two wickets each.
Batting first after losing the toss, Ireland scored 127 runs for the loss of all wickets in 20 overs.
Ireland’s George Dockrell scored 28, Curtis Campher scored 20, captain Andy Balbrine scored 19, Lorcan Tucker 15, Shane Getkate scored 14 and Andy McBryan scored 11 runs. Dipendra Singh Airee of Nepal took the maximum four wickets in the bowling. He bowled four overs and conceded only 21 runs. Abinash Bohra took two and Sandeep Lamichhane, Kamal Singh Airee and Jitendra Mukhiya took one wicket each.
Nepal finished last on the points table with two points from three matches. Nepal has played a series in Oman to prepare for the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier starting on 18 February. Nepal is in Group A in global selection. The group includes Oman, the Philippines, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Ireland and Germany. The eight teams are divided into two groups.
The group of Nepal includes Canada, the Philippines and Oman. Other groups include the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Ireland and Germany. Nepal will start the World Cup qualifiers on February 18 by playing against Oman. Nepal’s second match will be against Philippines on 19 and third match will be against Canada on 21. The top two teams from both the groups will advance to the semi-finals after the group stage match. The semi-finals will be played on 22 and the final match will be played on 24. Both the finalists will be selected for the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia this year.