Spin duo of Sandeep Lamichhane and Sushan Bhari dismissed USA for joint-lowest ODI total - Image by CAN @CricketNep (Twitter)

Host’s Nepal and Oman finished their campaign’s in emphatic style in the 5th round in CWC League 2 Championship at Tribhuvan University ground in Kirtipur, as both registered comprehensive wins over United States of America, as the latter remained winless on the tour, while Oman took a firm grip at the top of the points table in the Championship.

While USA were humbled by dual-century show put up by Oman’s batsmen in Zeeshan Maqsood and Aqib Ilyas, they were reduced to the joint lowest ODI team total ever by the dual show by Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane and Sushan Bhari in the final two games in the 5th round. Aqib’s consecutive century in two games along with wickets also keeps him along with an elite group of people, who have achieved the same in ODI cricket.

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Twin centuries and wickets galore makes Oman’s Aqib Ilyas a player to watch out for in 2020 including the Men’s T20 World Cup – Image by CAN @CricketNep (Twitter)

USA’s massive shortcomings in handling spin bowling were exposed by spinners from both Oman and Nepal camps. Coming into the 5th round, USA were on top of the points table, but with losses in all the four games will dent their confidence levels a lot. However, they go back home to host the 6th round in Florida and will look forward to getting back to winning ways in familiar conditions. Nepal, too have lot of work on their hand to sort their own batting troubles, as only one total above 200 will not help their cause in the remainder of the matches in the League 2 Championship, specially when they will be travelling overseas for the next 12 ODI matches in the next 3-4 months.

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USA batting shortcomings let them down in all the 4 games in round 5 of CWC League 2 Championship in Nepal – Image by CAN @CricketNep (Twitter)

Oman and Nepal will now focus their attention to T20 cricket, as both will take part in their respective regional qualifiers for 2020 ACC Asia Cup. While Oman will host the Western region qualifiers, Nepal will travel to Thailand for the Eastern region qualifiers.

Brief Scores

Match#29: Oman 276/6 in 50 overs (Zeeshan Maqsood 109, Aqib Ilyas 106, Saurabh Netravalkar 3/37, Juan Theron 3/60) beat United States of America 184 all out in 39.1 overs (Nisarg Patel 52, Aaron Jones 47 n.o, Ian Holland 28, Xavier Marshall 23, Aqib Ilyas 3/14, Bilal Khan 3/24, Zeeshan Maqsood 2/33) by 92 runs

Match#30: United States of America 35 all out in 12 overs (Xavier Marshall 16, Sandeep Lamichhane 6/16, Sushan Bhari 4/5) lost to Nepal 36/2 in 5.2 overs (Paras Khadka 20 n.o, Dipendrea Singh Airee 15 n.o, Nosthush Kenjige 2/15) by 8 wickets

CWC League 2 Points Table (After 28 completed games)

Team Matches Win Loss Points NRR
Oman 10 8 2 16 0.177
United States of America 12 6 6 12 -0.318
Scotland 8 4 3 9 0.139
Namibia 7 4 3 8 0.008
United Arab Emirates 7 3 3 7 -0.004
Nepal 4 2 2 4 0.982
Papua New Guinea 8 0 8 0 -0.458

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