Shakti Gauchan took a hat-trick as Nepal
notched up his second successive victory in Group A of the ICC World
Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2012 when it defeated Denmark by nine wickets in a
one-sided contest at the ICC GCA Oval 1 on Wednesday.
Gauchan, a 27-year-old wrist spinner, returned figures of 4-0-20-4 as
Denmark's decision to bat first after winning toss badly backfired after
it was spun out for 82 in 19.2 overs. Besides Gauchan, Prithu Baskota
took two for four.
Denmark opener Frederik Klokker with 21 runs to his name was his side's
In turn, Pradeep Airee slapped seven fours and four sixes in an
electrifying 43-ball 65 not out as Nepal raced to victory with nine
wickets and 7.2 overs to spare. Airee featured in a 77-run unfinished
second wicket partnership with Sharad Vesawkar whose contribution was 13
Reflecting on his performance, Gauchan said: "I have taken one hat-trick
in domestic cricket before, but this is my first international
hat-trick. It was a very good time to take a hat-trick in a match for
"When I took my hat-trick, I ran away from the wicket and slid on my
chest like a football player.
"I am also a big football fan, I like to watch the football, and I like
to celebrate like a football player.
"We needed to get a good start to the tournament and we have done a lot
of hard work over the last three months.
"We want to participate in the World Cup and hopefully we can do well in
the rest of the tournament.
"We think that if we play good cricket, we can win, and beat any team."
Scores in brief
Nepal beat Denmark by nine wickets at ICC GCA, Oval 1.