By Kirunda Wycliffe
Nepal 175/7 in 20 overs
Kenya 144/7 in 20 overs
Nepal won by 31 runs
Kenya lost to Nepal in the last game of the T20I series that has been ongoing since 25th August 2020.
It has been a win-win situation for both camps that has seen a number of players being consistent with their form from the first game.
Nepal won the toss and elected to bat first against hosts Kenya, a decision they took with confidence that saw them defend their score to claim victory.
Nepal had a strong starting partnership that overcame Kenya’s bowling, giving Nepal a solid lead in setting a big score.
Gyanendra Malla and Arjun Saud opened Nepal’s innings with each scoring 59 runs off 44 balls and 29 runs off 21 balls respectively to gift Nepal with a good start.
Despite the loss of the opening pair, Dipendra Dingh Airee (22 runs off 18 balls) and Rohit Paudel (47 runs off 25 balls) partnership had a good show on the crease as they helped Nepal post 175/7 in 20 overs.
In the chase, Kenya had a slow start to their innings, failing to form any good partnership that would help the team chase down the required score at ease.
The pair of Collins Obuya (23 runs off 30 balls) and Irfan Karim (28 runs off 29 balls) tried to cover up the loss of Sukhdeep Deep’s wicket but once the pair was broken, Kenya continued to struggle to score runs.
Nehemiah Odhiambo and skipper Shem Ngoche were the main players at the tail end who pushed the scores with each scoring 37 runs off 22 balls and 33 runs off 18 balls respectively but ran out of weapons as they fell short by 31 runs.
Nepal’s win over Kenya means Nepal wins the series by 3-2 but both teams will be back in action after taking some rest in a 50 over format.