Nepal sets target of 225 runs in Bilateral Series opener against Canada

KATHMANDU: The stage was set for an electrifying start to the Nepal-Canada ODI Bilateral Series as Nepal confidently set a challenging target of 225 runs for Canada in the series opener.

Electing to bat first after winning the toss, Nepal exhibited unwavering determination, ultimately notching a commendable total of 224 runs before the conclusion of their allotted 50 overs, losing all ten wickets in the process.

Opener Kushal Bhurtel spearheaded Nepal's batting lineup with a resilient knock of 62 runs, ably supported by Bhim Sarki, who contributed a crucial 17 runs.

In addition to their efforts, Kushal Malla added 20 runs to the scoreboard, while Aasif Sheikh and captain Rohit Poudel both chipped in with eight runs each.

Furthermore, noteworthy contributions from Aarif Sheikh (38 runs), Pawan Saraf (15 runs), and Sompal Kami (27 runs) fortified Nepal's innings, ensuring a competitive target was set for Canada to chase.

The bowling prowess of Nepal showcased Uday Bhagwan, who excelled with three crucial wickets, while Saad Bin Zafar and IS Shoi managed to secure two wickets each for Canada.

With the challenge laid down, Nepal eagerly anticipates the forthcoming matches in the series, with the 2nd ODI slated for February 10, followed by the 3rd ODI scheduled for February 12.

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