Nepal end Blind World Cricket Cup on a high note, beat Australia convincingly
They may not have made it to the semi-finals but Nepal registered a thumping eight-wicket victory over Australia in the ODI Blind World Cup at the MCC Cricket Ground in Ajman.
Put to bat first, Australia were all out for 296 runs on 36.2 overs. Nepal reached the target of 297 runs with 22 balls to spare thanks to a brilliant century from Padam Badela.
Badela was unbeaten on 125 runs and struck 14 fours in his 76-ball innings. Badela and Badri Chaulagain shared 137 for the unbroken third wicket partnership. Chaulagain scored an unbeaten 35 runs.
Padam Badela was named the man of the match
Opener Ramesh Baniya scored 47 runs, while partner Khimananda Gaire was run out for 17 runs. Naresh Tharu, who came in to bat at number three position retired hurt after scoring 36 runs.
Australia made great blistering start scoring 92 runs in 10 overs before Nepal hit back. Durga Dutta Poudel made the first breakthrough and the Nepali team affected five run outs leading to a collapse in the Australian innings.
For Australia, Stephen Nery scored 63 before being run out by Ramesh Baniya, while Matt Cameron was bowled by vice-captain Bikram Bahadur Rana for 62 runs.