More misery for Fiji
Nepal have defeated Fiji by a whopping 193 runs in the World Cricket League Division 5 match at the Tribhuvan University Ground in Kirtipur.
Nepal won the toss and elected to bat.
17 year old Fiji paceman Tukana Tavo rocked the Nepal top order, removing Dipendra Chaudhary (9), Mehboob Alam (10) and Shakti Gauchan (0) in an inspired spell.
Tavo shows a lot of promise and should develop into a fantastic player for Fiji in the future.
With Nepal at 3 for 35, outstanding all-rounder Paras Khadka once again came to the rescue of his side, striking a fine 75 from 91 balls. Sharad Vesawkar batted superbly also to register his maiden international century.
His unbeaten 105 saw Nepal reach 7 for 263 from their 50 overs.
Vesawkar has now scored 643 runs at 32.15 for his country at 50 over international level.
Tavo (3-45) and Jikoi Kida (3-46) both finished with career best international bowling figures for Fiji.
Nepal have the best bowling attack in the tournament and a total of 263 looked to be more than enough.
Fiji found the tight bowling of Alam and Binod Das very difficult to get away early. Joe Rika broke the shackles with a six and a four but was caught by the brilliant Khadka off the bowling of Das shortly after for 11.
Das and Alam have been outstanding with the ball for Nepal in recent years and Basanta Regmi has been in good form this week. It would be quite a challenge for Fiji to pass the 200 mark for the first time in the competition.
No doubt also, that the Nepal management would have been interested in what was happening in the USA v Singapore game. A win to the Americans would guarantee that Nepal are promoted to division 4.
Four top order Fiji batsmen reached double figures but as has been the way during this competition, none were able to get a big score.
Thereafter it was a dour struggle for the Pacific Islanders who slumped to 74 for 9 with Joji Bulabalavu unable to bat because of injury. Earlier in the day he was stretchered from the ground with a knee injury and if that wasn't bad enough, coach Steve Jenkin was forced to leave the match at half-time with an illness that required medical attention.
Maciu Gauna top scored for Fiji with 13 not out. The 19 year old has shown a bit for his side. As have the other youngsters - Sekove Ravoka, Rika, Viliame Yabaki and Tavo.
Once again Basanta Regmi was the best of the Nepali bowlers taking 4 for 11 from 5.4 overs.