The first ever match between the senior men's sides of Nepal and the West Indies had a bright start for Nepal as they took two quick wickets, but reality soon crept in as West Indies recorded a dominant win and put themselves in pole position in Group A of the men's World Cup Qualifier today.
Put into bat at the Harare Sports Club, West Indies lost Kyle Mayers and Johnson Charles within the first 5 overs, with just nine on the board when Charles was dismissed for a duck by Gulsan Jha. Opener Brandon King was joined at this point by his captain Shai Hope, and the pair started the recovery with a 46 run partnership.
That partnership ended when King was out for 32, at which point Hope and Nicholas Pooran took the innings away from Nepal. The pair added 216, just ten short of the record fourth wicket partnership for the West Indies in men's ODIs. Pooran scored 115 from 94 balls before he was caught by Dipendra Singh Airee off his own bowling, whilst Hope eventually scored 132 before he fell in the final over.