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April 30, 2013
Nepal thrashed by USA

by Hemanta Kafle, Nepal Sports Journalists' Forum
KATHMANDU, April 30, 2013 - Steven Taylor's devastating knock of 162 runs helped USA thrash title favourites Nepal by 94 runs in their opening match of the ICC World Cricket League Division 3 in Bermuda.
The loss also brought an end to Nepal’s three-match winning streak against USA.

Sent in to bat, USA got off to a flying start with openers Taylor and Orlando Baker putting on a 125-partnership, setting up a solid foundation for their mammoth total of 366 runs for six in 50 overs.

With Nepali bowlers toiling hard to find a breakthrough, Taylor completed his century off 61 balls and came out even aggressively after that smashing 12 sixes and as many boundaries, while his partner Baker scored a patient 37 runs.

Basanta Regmi broke the partnership when he bowled Baker in the 17th over giving Nepal the much needed wicket.

After that, Nepal took wickets at regular intervals but were still unable to check the run flow. Sanjam Regmi, who had received a brutal beating from the openers in his first five overs, got the prized wicket of Taylor in the 35th over as he was caught by Basanta, but by then the damage had
been done with USA putting on 234 on the board.

Timroy Allen quick-fired unbeaten 67 runs off 34 balls while Sushil Nadkarni contributed 28 runs to add woes to Nepal.

Man of the Match Taylor was pleased that his performance could help his team to victory over the team that beat it in Division 4: “It was really fun, because after playing against these guys in Malaysia in Division 4 last year, it felt good to come back and give them a real hitting. They beat us twice in Malaysia.”

Defending a formidable target, Nepal were dealt with an early blow when opener Anil Mandal was out for nought in the second over.

Nevertheless, skipper Paras Khadka and Sharad Vesawkar spearheaded Nepal’s run chase to keep the runs flowing. The pair built 69-run partnership for the sixth wicket, finding boundaries regularly to keep Nepal afloat. But, Khadka’s dismissal in the 32nd over put Nepal on the back foot. His 73
runs off 64 balls included nine fours and two sixes.

As Vesawkar (72) desperately tried to keep Nepal intact with his offensive batting, hitting six sixes and four boundaries, wickets kept tumbling cheaply at the other end.Shakti Gauchan than tried to rescue his team adding 39 runs off 47 balls before getting caught in the penultimate delivery of the match that saw Nepal’s innings coming to an end at 272 runs.
Nepal captain Paras Khadka was disappointed with the result. “As a team, maybe we gave 40 runs more to USA.

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