Sandeep Lamichhane

Top 5 ODI spells bowled by Nepali bowlers

Nepal is among the 20 countries that plays One Day International cricket. On 15th March 2018, Nepal gained ODI status and has played 10 matches since. Bowlers have been crucial in Nepal’s success as traditionally Nepal has rely on bowlers to win many games. Here are some picks of best ODI bowling spells bowled by Nepali Bowlers:

5) Karan KC’s 4/15 against USA:

Karan KC’s 4/15 against USA comes in no. 5 of our list. Nepal was playing against USA in their second match of ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 in their home ground. Nepal batted first and made total of 190, giving USA target of 191. In reply, Nepali bowlers absolutely demolished the batting lineup of USA as they were reduced to 27-5 at one point of a time. KC was the main pacer who lead the bowling attack in absence of injured Sompal Kami. In his spell of 7.1 overs, he took 4 wickets giving only 15 runs and one maiden at an economy rate of just 2.09. He took key wicket of Ian Holland as Nepal won the game by 35 runs after restricting USA for 155.

4) Paras Khadka’s 4/26 against Netherlands:

Although Skipper’s spell came in losing cause for Nepal, the memory would remain enact for forever in minds and hearts of Nepali cricket fans. Nepal was playing their first ever One Day International game after they achieved ODI status. Netherlands won the toss and they decided to bat first. In pacer friendly wicket of Amstelveen, Paras and Sompal got some help from the wicket as they toppled Dutch top and middle order. In 10 over spell, the captain took 4 wickets giving only 26 runs at the economy rate of just 2.60. Thanks to his contribution, Netherlands were reduced to 189 runs.

3) Sushan Bhari’s 4/5 against USA:

In the record breaking game against USA, Sushan Bhari’s unbelievable spell of 4/5 only came as second best bowling figures of the match. Yes, it’s hard to believe it but nonetheless that day, every batsman facing him seem clueless. USA was all out for 35 runs which as the joint lowest ODI total of all time. He bowled only 3 overs with one maiden, giving only 5 runs and taking 4 wickets at rhe staggering economy rate of 1.66.

2) Sompal Kami’s 5/33 against UAE:

Sompal Kami became first Nepali bowler to take 5 wickets haul in ODI as he achieved this magnificent feat against UAE. Nepal was playing 3 match ODI and T20I series against the Emirati side in ICC Academy, Dubai. It was 2nd match against the same opposition in the ODI series, Nepal was playing after losing first game. Nepal won the toss and decided to bat first, making total of 242/9. Given the bowling lineup of Nepal, it was more than enough score for Nepali bowlers to defend. Kami and Lamichhane took 5 and 4 wickets respectively as UAE was reduced to mere 97 runs as Nepal won the game by huge margin of 145 runs. Kami bowled 6.3 overs keeping a maiden, giving 33 runs and taking 5 wickets at the economy rate of 5.07.

1) Sandeep Lamichhane’s 6/16 against USA:

This bowling spell of Nepali spin sensation Sandeep Lamichhane is best bowling figures achieved by Nepali player in ODI cricket. This is also 20th best bowling spell in ODI as well as best bowling figures by a player from associate country. This is the same match where Sushan Bhari’s 4/5 spell was overshadowed by Lamichhane’s brilliance. In the turning track of Kirtipur ground, Americans had no clue whether to defend or leave the balls. In his spell of 6 overs, he kept a maiden, gave only 16 runs and took 6 wickets at the economy rate of 2.66.

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