Nepal bounced back from a game down to beat Zimbabwe ‘A’ 2-1 in their three-match One Day Series following an easy six-wicket victory over the visitors at the TU cricket ground on Monday.
The hosts had also forged a comeback to level the preceding three-match Twenty20 Series at 1-1 and followed the same trajectory in the 50-over contest having lost the first match by three wickets.
They bundled out Zimbabwe for just 87 runs for a huge nine-wicket victory in the second one-dayer before Kishore Mahato’s dream debut set them on course for another huge win in the third. Playing for the senior side for the first time, Kishore took 5-43 from seven overs as Zimbabwe were bundled out for 213 in 32.1 overs.
Opener Kushal Bhurtel laid the foundation for the victory before Dipendra Singh Airee finished the game as Nepal reached 214-4 with 19.5 overs to spare.
Nepal got off to a flyer after Kushal and Aasif Sheikh added 73 runs for the first wicket inside 12 overs. Aasif fell to Brandon Mavuta after scoring 29 off 37 with two fours and a six. Kushal was also the majority of scorer while adding 39 runs for the second wicket with Sunil Dhamala (six) who was making a comeback into the side after three years.
Mavuta reduced Nepal to 130-4 dismissing Kushal and new-man Rohit Kumar Paudel (duck) in consecutive deliveries. However, Dipendra ensured Nepal do the job after he and Binod Bhandari combined for an unbroken 84-run fifth wicket partnership.
Dipendra, the star of the ODI and Twenty20 International Series against Papua New Guinea, made a quickfire 60 off 43 with four boundaries and three sixes. Bhandari chipped in 28 off 26 with three hits to the fence. Mavuta was the pick of the Zimbabwe bowlers taking 3-46 from six overs.
Earlier, Zimbabwe threw away a wonderful start to get folded to a below-par total on a batting surface. From 103-2, they lost their last eight wickets for just 110 runs with Kishore giving the hosts breakthroughs at crucial stages.
Tadiwanashe Marumani top scored for Zimbabwe ‘A’ with a 31-ball 50, while Kudzai Maunze (39) and Roy Kaia (36) were their next best scorers. Apart from Kishore, Sompali Kami also took two wickets for Nepal.