Nepal sets a target of 133 runs for Namibia to a secure victory

KATHMANDU: The opening clash of the ICC CWC League 2 witnessed Nepal's batting woes as they managed to post a modest total of 132 runs, handing Namibia a significant advantage in the match.

Opting to bowl first after winning the toss at the Tribhuvan University Cricket Ground, Namibia's decision proved fruitful as they dominated Nepal's batting lineup, bowling them out in 41.1 overs.

Nepal's innings got off to a disastrous start with the early departure of key batsmen. Kushal Bhurtel's dismissal for a duck in the very first over set the tone for Nepal's struggles. Anil Shah's brief stint at the crease yielded just eight runs, adding to Nepal's woes. Aasif Sheikh's departure in the fourth over further compounded Nepal's batting collapse.

Despite valiant efforts from Bhim Sharki and Kushal Malla, who contributed 44 and 15 runs respectively, Nepal failed to establish substantial partnerships. Captain Rohit Poudel's early exit, managing only one run, added to the team's woes.

With contributions from the middle order, including Sompal Kami, Gulshan Jha, Pawan Saraf, and Karan KC, Nepal managed to reach a total of 132 runs.

Now, the pressure is on Namibia as they gear up to chase down Nepal's target and secure victory in this high-stakes opener of the league.

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