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Nepal’s Heartbreaking Defeat to South Africa in ICC T20 World Cup

Nepal’s hopes of qualifying for the Super Eight stage of the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup were dashed in a heart-stopping match against South Africa. The match took place at the Arnos Vale Ground in the West Indies. The Rhinos fell just one run short of victory in a game down to the wire.

Strong Bowling Performance by Nepal

Nepal showcased its bowling prowess, limiting South Africa to a modest total of 115 runs. The Rhinos opted to field first and quickly put pressure on the South African batsmen. 

Quinton de Kock made 10 runs off of 11 balls before being struck out by Dipendra Singh Airee in the 3.4 overs. Airee continued his excellent form by also removing Reeza Hendricks, who top-scored for South Africa with 43 runs, and Heinrich Klaasen, who Karan KC caught cheaply.

Nepal Cricket Team in ICC World Cup
Source: The Indian Express

Kushal Bhurtel was the best bowler for Nepal; in his four overs, he took four wickets at a cost of only 19 runs. In his four overs, Dipendra Singh Airee claimed three wickets for 21 runs, demonstrating his high effectiveness. Only Tristan Stubbs, who finished not out with 27 runs, was able to reach double figures among South Africa’s batsmen during their difficult time.

Nepal’s Chase Falls Agonizingly Short

Chasing 116 for victory, Nepal got off to a promising start. Aashif Sheikh and Kushal Bhurtel opened the batting for Nepal. However, South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi turned the game on its head with a crucial over, dismissing Bhurtel for 13 and captain Rohit Paudel for a duck within three balls.

Aashif Sheikh anchored the innings with a composed 42, forming a valuable partnership with Anil Sah, who contributed 27 runs. Despite their efforts, Shamsi’s continued brilliance and a pivotal catch by Marco Jansen off Aiden Markram’s bowling saw Sah’s innings cut short.

With 18 runs required from the last three overs, Nepal faced a dramatic collapse, losing Dipendra Singh Airee, Aashif Sheikh, and Kushal Malla in quick succession. The pressure mounted as the Rhinos needed eight runs off the final over.

Final Over Drama

Gulshan Jha stepped up with four balls remaining, hitting a boundary to bring the equation down to two runs from two deliveries. However, Jha missed the penultimate ball, leaving Nepal with two runs required off the final ball to secure a tie and force a super over.

Jha and his partner Sompal Kami set off for a run in a desperate attempt to equalize. However, Jha was run out by Quinton de Kock, sealing South Africa’s narrow victory and ending Nepal’s World Cup campaign.

Journey 

This loss marks a heartbreaking end to Nepal’s T20 World Cup journey. The team showed resilience and skill, especially in their bowling department, but fell short in crucial moments. Nepal’s participation in the ICC T20 World Cup highlights its growing presence in international cricket, showcasing its potential to compete on the world stage.

Despite the disappointment, the experience gained from this tournament will undoubtedly serve as a valuable learning curve for Nepal Cricket. Nepalese cricket fans can take pride in their team’s spirited performance and look forward to future opportunities for the team to shine in international cricket.

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