Nepal vs Namibia , Five Keynotes :

Nepal vs Namibia , Five Keynotes :

Namibia defeated Nepal by four wickets in the 1st match of the 2024-2027 ICC World Cricket League 2 and added the first points of their campaign. In the match that was dominated by the strong Namibian side, Nepal was completely outplayed throughout. Here are the five key takeaways from Nepal vs Namibia:

 

The MVP Gerhard Erasmus, Fiery Ruben Trumplemann, and U-19 star Jack Brasell : 

Before the match, Erasmus had been lauding Nepal’s passion for cricket and nicknamed Nepal the ‘sort of India of the Associate World’. Namibia had previously failed to win any ODIs against the home team in Nepal. However, Captain Erasmus played a crucial role in leading the team to its first victory against the hosts in Nepal. En route to winning the Player of the Match award, the Namibian captain finished with the bowling figures of: 8.1-0-28-5. 

He ran through the Nepali middle-order, including the key wickets of set Bhim Sharki and dangerous Kushal Malla. A brewing partnership between Malla and Sharki tried resurrecting Nepali innings but Erasmus’s well-planned dismissal of Malla pushed Nepal into a survival mode. Erasmus finished with career-best bowling figures, with his clever and strategized spells wreaking havoc in the host’s innings. The captain led from the front.

However, it was Ruben Trumplemann and Jack Brasell’s initial outburst with the ball that shell-shocked Nepal. An in-form Nepali batting order was bamboozled by the duo’s opening spell. Trumplemann pocketed the key scalps of Kushal Bhurtel and Anil Sah, with the former in the first delivery of the match. Fresh from his exploits in the U-19 World Cup, the debutant Brasell bowled Rohit Paudel and had Aasif Sheikh caught at silly mid-on. Nepal’s top order had no answers to Trumplemann-Brasell and vanished with little response.

 

Paras’s advice to Nepali batters

Nepal’s batting performance against the recently concluded Canada series was highly appreciated. The batters seemed to get better every match and looked well set to face two of the most potent bowling lineups in of associate world in Namibia and the Netherlands. 

During the commentary in the Nepal vs Canada ODI series, Paras Khadka warned the batters about the consequences of exposure in international cricket. Khadka cautioned that opposing bowlers are quick to identify weaknesses in the skillset of batters in international cricket. He emphasized the importance of rectifying those weaknesses if one is to survive international cricket.

True to Khadka’s words, Nepali batters were exposed by a high-quality Namibian bowling attack. Nepal found it tough to negotiate with them and was reeling at 25-4 within the powerplay. If Nepal is to accomplish the goal of becoming the best associate nation, Nepali batters need to be better prepared to face a quality bowling lineup.

 

15-1: The streak ends and the Netherlands test

In sports, every streak comes to an end. Nepal’s run of 15 consecutive victories at home in ODIs was put to an end by the clinical Namibian side. After Ruben Trumplemann’s initial carnage, the visitors gained a significant upper hand and forced Nepal to chase the game throughout. Namibia had no trouble in chasing 135, bar negotiating Sompal-Lalit’s brief middle-overs spell.

Fresh from the ODI World Cup participation, the Dutch team is widely regarded as the best associate nation and will surely pose another challenging test to the hosts. Nepal needs to wake up and bring its best game against the Netherlands. It will be interesting to see Nepal’s response after the defeat against Namibia.

 

Sompal Kami, Lalit Rajbanshi, and Bhim Sharki

On the day when Nepal’s performance was far from positive, Sompal Kami, Lalit Rajbanshi, and Bhim Sharki did provide some sparks for home supporters. Sharki top-scored for Nepal with fighting and matured 44 and Sompal picked up three wickets that brought Nepal briefly into the match.

Fresh from his maiden ODI ton, Bhim shielded Nepal’s batting order and steadied the innings after an early collapse. Bhim and Kushal’s brief partnership was looking to drag Nepal towards a competitive total until the dismissal of later. Sharki is set to be a key middle-order batter for Nepal in this series.

Defending a paltry 134, it would have taken an otherworldly effort to restrict the Namibians from reaching the target. Sompal’s quickfire two wickets in the 21st over evened the contest momentarily. Lalit’s economical overs kept things tight and was rewarded with a well-deserved two wickets. Despite Lalit and Sompal’s effort to keep Nepal alive in the match, the target proved hard to defend and Nepal eventually conceded the match to Namibia.

 

Clinical Namibia : 

The first delivery of the match gave a glimpse of what was to come. Ruben Trumplemann removed Bhurtel and set the tone for further damage. Namibia had devised a clear bowling plan and strategy and their preparations bore fruit in the match.

The visitors were better than Nepal in all three departments. The carnage caused by the bowlers was backed by tight fielding, which halted any hopes of a Nepalese comeback. Namibia finished off the game on the back of clinical and professional performance.

Namibia was a better team in this match and deservingly sealed a first ODI win against the host on Nepali soil.

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