Nepal Clinches Historic 3-0 Series Victory Over Canada with Stellar Batting Display

Nepal Clinches Historic 3-0 Series Victory Over Canada with Stellar Batting Display
Credit goes to Kathmandu Post

Nepal Secures a Dominant 3-0 Series Win Over Canada with Nine-Wicket Victory Bhim Sharki and Anil Sah's record-breaking partnership powers Nepal to a comprehensive win in the series finale.

In a commanding display of cricket, Nepal stormed to a nine-wicket triumph over Canada in the concluding match of their one-day international series this Monday, sealing a 3-0 series whitewash.

The victory was highlighted by an outstanding 189-run stand between Bhim Sharki and Anil Sah, who both notched centuries, propelling Nepal past Canada's 233-run target with 33 deliveries to spare at the TU Cricket Ground.

Sah delivered a stellar performance, hitting 112 not out from 124 balls, including 12 boundaries and two sixes, while Sharki contributed with 101 not out off 129 balls, featuring 11 fours and one six.

The opening batsman, Kushal Bhurtel, was dismissed early for 13 runs, leaving Nepal at 4.5 overs.

Dillon Heyliger claimed the only wicket for Canada during Nepal's innings.

The partnership between Sah and Sharki not only led Nepal to victory but also set a new record for the highest partnership for Nepal in one-day internationals, surpassing the previous 171-run partnership set by Kushal Bhurtel and Aashif Sheikh against Zimbabwe in Harare the previous year.

This match also marked a historic milestone as it was the first instance of Nepali batters scoring two centuries in the same innings.

Canada, batting first after losing the toss, posted a total of 232 runs within their allotted 50 overs, thanks to a half-century by Navneet Dhaliwal.

Nepal's early breakthrough came when Aaron Johnson was caught by Dev Khanal off Hemant Dhami's bowling for just 4 runs. Following him, Srimantha Wijeyeratne and Nicholas Kirton were quickly dismissed, contributing 22 and 3 runs, respectively.

Navneet Dhaliwal was the top scorer for Canada, making 50 runs off 82 balls before being caught by Akash Chand off Lalit Rajbanshi's bowling.

Harsh Thaker and Nikhil Dutta added 29 and 45 runs, respectively, to the Canadian tally, with Dutta being run out by Bhim Sharki.

Saad Bin Zafar, the Canadian captain, remained not out with 29 runs, including four fours and two sixes.

Nepal's bowling attack was led by Hemant Dhami, who took three wickets, while Kushal Malla claimed two wickets. Lalit Rajbanshi and Akash Chand also contributed with a wicket each.

Nepal had previously clinched the series with a four-wicket win in the second ODI, following a narrow seven-run victory in the series opener on February 8.

The series against Canada served as preparation for Nepal's upcoming League 2 matches, which will feature bilateral ODIs and a T20I tri-series involving Nepal, the Netherlands, and Namibia, starting Thursday as part of the World Cricket League 2.