Nepal dropped to their second loss against Zimbabwe in five days as they suffered a 40-run loss on Tuesday in their third match of the T20 Tri-Series at the Indian Association Grounds in Singapore.
Despite suffering their first match on Zimbabwe on Friday, Nepal had fired back on hosts Singapore. Motivated by Paras Khadka, Nepal not only registered a nine-wicket victory over the hosts but the skipper also scored diverse records to his name. Khadka secured 106 runs from 52 balls on Singapore while enhancing the first Nepali cricketer to score a century in Twenty20 internationals.
But following a simple target of 161 on the Rhodesia, Nepal never actually appeared the same team that beat the hosts as Nepal achieved only 120 runs for the loss of nine wickets in control 20 overs. Opening batsman Ishan Pandey was redeemed by Pawan Sarraf for this appropriate match, but the decision seemed to have rebounded as Sarraf could not also start his account. Sarraf was grabbed by Mashinge off Zimbabwe skipper Sean Williams in the sixth ball of the first overhead while Dipendra Singh Airee was the next victim who was sent packing by Chatara in the second over when Nepal had only five runs on the provisions.
Nelson seemed at 33 as skipper Khadka (12 runs) was caught by Munyonga off Williams who had a big day with bat and the ball. Aarif Sheikh knocked the net three times with one over the boundary before he was caught by Chakabvafell off Mutombodzi on 25 runs. Kushal Malla who debuted for Nepal in the category yet newly failed to exhibit his potential as he could only add five runs. Sompal Kami could not improve Nepal’s prospects as he was assigned to pavilion with eight runs. Karan KC controlled to score a six and a four in his 18 runs off 10 balls. Binod Bhandari top-scored for Nepal with 33 runs from 35 balls scoring four hours before acting stumped by Mutumbami off Williams. Sandeep Lamichhane (5) and Avinash Bohara (3) prevailed thriving for Nepal.
Put to bat first, Zimbabwe made a trembling origin losing their opener Brian Chari for a duck. He was caught leg earlier by Sandeep Lamichhane in the fourth ball of the first overhead. Sompal Kami then clear bowled Regis Chakabva in the fourth over. Hard-hitting batsman Peter Moor was another disaster to the spin bowls of Lamichhane in the fifth over.
Despite the tumbling of wickets beginning on, a 60-run alliance within skipper Sean Williams and Tinotenda Mutombodzi resurrected Zimbabwe sessions.
It was in the last ball of the 13th over Kami that grew to Nepal’s performance to evade any further issue of runs as Tinotenda was encountered leg-before-wicket. Skipper Khadka bowled his counterpart Williams as the Zimbabwe captain began his way back to the building having scored 53 runs in 35 balls. His premium innings comprised four fours and three sixes. Low order batsman Ryan Burl chipped in with 28 runs from 21 balls while Richmond Mutumbami hit 17 runs from 16 balls. Excepting for Kami who gave away only 15 runs from his four overs spell while choosing two wickets, all other Nepali bowlers remained expensive.
The result put Zimbabwe, who had lost on Singapore, on the peak of the table with four points from two competitions. Nepal and Singapore have two points but the hosts are set third on net run-rate. Nepal will take on hosts Singapore in their last match on Wednesday.