Kathmandu, April 19, 2016: Skipper Paras Khadka retained his golden touch with a century, as he rose to the occasion on Monday in Nepalâ€™s thrilling three-wicket victory over Namibia in the second match of their ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCLC) third round.
The win lifted Nepal to the fifth place in the tournament that provides 2018 ICC World Cup Qualifiers spot to the top four teams in Bangladesh.
In front of a home crowd, which had returned to the TU cricket ground still savouring Saturdayâ€™s maiden victory, Nepalâ€™s reply to Namibiaâ€™s 239-9 in 50 overs was built around Khadkaâ€™s magnificent knock and a match-winning 167-run partnership with Sharad Vesawkar, as they reached the target with one ball to spare.
Khadka, who became the only second Nepali batsman to score two centuries, made 103 from 94 balls.
Vesawkar, also the hero in Nepalâ€™s five-wicket victory on Saturday, remained unbeaten on 74 from 107 balls.
While Vesawkar maintained his calm taking the team home in the final over when Nepal needed six runs, Khadka had laid the foundation for teamâ€™s victory, dominating the Namibian bowling attack.
Khadkaâ€™s innings included five fours and seven sixes.Â He completed his century with the seventh six.Â Khadka is often admired for pulling his team out of trouble on numerousÂ occasions, and he did not disappoint his team on Monday.
Vesawkar, who batted till last overs, was all praises for the skipper.
â€œParas played an exceptional innings today. He took the pressure off the team, and scoring a ton here is remarkable,â€ said Vesawkar. Watching his side climb up in the table, Khadka said he wanted his side to remain focused in the matches ahead.
â€œThis is just a beginning. We have to get to the top four. The road ahead
is not easy,â€ said Khadka, â€œOur preparations have to start soon.â€
On his second century, Khadka said, â€œTeamâ€™s victory is more important than
personal milestone. Winning is the most important thing.
A century of course feels good. But whether it is five, 10 or 100 runs, if the team wins, it is a big factor.â€
YearÂ Â Â PlayerÂ Â Â OpponentÂ Â Â TournamentÂ Â Â VenueÂ Â Â Score
2003Â Â Â Raju KhadkaÂ Â Â BhutanÂ Â Â Emering Nations CupÂ Â Â NepalÂ Â Â 105
2005Â Â Â Shakti GauchanÂ Â Â ItalyÂ Â Â Div 2 QualifierÂ Â Â MalaysiaÂ Â Â 106
2010Â Â Â Sharad VesawkarÂ Â Â FijiÂ Â Â Div 5Â Â Â NepalÂ Â Â 105
2012Â Â Â Subash KhakurelÂ Â Â USAÂ Â Â Div 4Â Â Â MalaysiaÂ Â Â 115
2012Â Â Â Anil MandalÂ Â Â DenmarkÂ Â Â Div 4Â Â Â MalaysiaÂ Â Â 113
2012Â Â Â Paras KhadkaÂ Â Â KuwaitÂ Â Â ACC TrophyÂ Â Â UAEÂ Â Â 106
2014Â Â Â Gyanendra MallaÂ Â Â SingaporeÂ Â Â Div 3Â Â Â MalaysiaÂ Â Â 114
2015Â Â Â Anil MandalÂ Â Â ScotlandÂ Â Â WCLCÂ Â Â ScotlandÂ Â Â 100
2016 Â Â Â Paras KhadkaÂ Â Â NamibiaÂ Â Â WCLCÂ Â Â NepalÂ Â Â 103