Nepal beat Australia to end Blind World Cup campaign on a high

Nepal registered a thumping eight-wicket victory over Australia in the last match of the ODI Blind World Cup at the MCC Cricket Ground in Ajman, UAE today.

Batting first, Australia were all out for 296 runs on 36.2 overs before Nepal reached 297-2 with 22 balls to spare rising on a brilliant century from Padam Badela.

Badela remained unbeaten on 125 runs and struck 14 fours in his 76-ball innings. Badela and Badri Chaulagain shared 137 for the unbroken third wicket partnership. Chaulagain scored an unbeaten 35 runs.

Opener Ramesh Baniya scored 47 runs, while his partner Khimananda Gaire was run out for 17 runs. Naresh Tharu, who came in to bat at No 3, returned to the pavilion retired hurt after scoring 36 runs.

Earlier, Australia made a blistering start scoring 92 runs in 10 overs before Nepal hit back. Durga Dutta Poudel made the first breakthrough and Nepali team affected five run outs triggering collapse in Australian innings.

Stephen Nery scored 63 before being run out by Ramesh Baniya, while Matt Cameron was bowled by Vice-captain Bikram Bahadur Rana for 62 runs. Lindsey Heven, who scored 38 runs, was bowled by Poudel.

Poudel was the pick of the Nepali bowlers taking three wickets, while Bikram Bahadur Rana and Bharat Thapa took one wicket each. Centurion Badela was named the man of the match and he received 500AED.