Nepal secured a nervous victory against the Netherlands, while Ireland celebrated a comfortable victory on the third day of the Oman Pentangular T20I series against Hong Kong.
Netherlands vs Nepal
Karan KC made an outstanding showing on both the club and the ball on Monday, October 7, when he scored a nervous win over the Netherlands in the penultimate match five balls of the Oman Pentangular T20I series. The right-arm pacemaker first dismantled the Dutch lineup with brilliant 4/17 earnings from 3,3 Overs and later followed his good work with a glowing 14-ball 31 *.
Previously, captain Paras Khadka decided to bowl at Al Amerat Cricket Ground. His ace spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, who finished 4/20, scored the first ball of his over-throwing Dutch star Tobias Visee for just four. Max O’Dowd, who scored the most hits for his team with 43 of 44 hits, shared the crucial positions 47 and 41 with Tonny Staal (21 of 14) and Colin Ackermann (29 of 20) before Lamichhane sent him back to the fifteenth place About.
What an innings from @karankc33 for Nepal's 4-wicket victory over @KNCBcricket at #OmanT20. He bowled 4/17 & scored 31* off 14 balls including 17 in last over. Pic: @CricketRaman pic.twitter.com/Q2gv3TBUJD— Cricket Nepal (@NepalCricket) October 7, 2019
Nepal Bolwers hit at regular intervals – Lamichhane and Karan did the most damage – and shared eight gates. None of the Dutch batsmen showed resistance; Scott Edwards (16) was the only other batsman who hit double digits when the Netherlands was folded for a paltry 133.
With only 134 wins Nepal lost in the first eight overs the opening game Pawan Sarraf and the third Aarif Sheikh. Captain Khadka, who came from 41 to 33, remained in control of most of the chase. However, when he was dismissed on the 14th, Nepal stuttered at 74/4, still 60 runs behind the finish.
Binod Bhandari made a decisive contribution with his 22-Ball 26, but it was Karan’s fierce strike that brought Nepal over the line on the penultimate ball. His 14-ball innings showed three sixes and a four.
Hong Kong vs Ireland
Kevin O’Brien’s impressive hundred made a comfortable 66-run win for Ireland in the sixth round of the Oman Pentangular series against Hong Kong. O’Brien made a fast 124 of 62, en route to his match-definition knock, he also became the first Irish batsman to score a T20I century.
He scored his country's first ever Test century and now he has scored their first ever T20I 💯— ICC (@ICC) October 7, 2019
His blazing 62-ball 124 powered his side to 208/5 – their third highest T20I total – against Hong Kong 🔥
What an amazing servant Kevin O'Brien has been to Irish cricket 🙌 pic.twitter.com/ffltoQB0Ea
Ireland decided on a bat game as opener Paul Stirling and O’Brien shared a brilliant 80-run stand. Ehsan Khan made his first breakthrough in Hong Kong with Stirling (36 ‘). Ehsan also scored the goals of Andy Balbirnie (10) and Gareth Delany (19). He led the Irish innings from the front and brought them to 208/5 – their third-highest T20I sum.
Hong Kong had a shaky start and lost regularly. They lost their four best batsmen in the first half of their innings. Only Haroon Arshad struggled with a 45: 27 goal in his second international match, while Ehsan remained unbeaten on the 28th. However, with the rate steadily rising, it became impossible for Hong Kong to make a comeback in the game.
Delany, Boyd Rankin, and Stuart Thompson recorded two wickets each.