Spectators crowded outside the Tribhuvan University Cricket Ground in Kirtipur to watch Nepal play against the Netherlands during the final match of the Tri-Nations T-20 series on Saturday, even as a second Covid wave sweeps across the nation.
The stadium had been closed off to spectators after the first three matches of the series owing to a rising number of coronavirus cases in the country.
Nepal played against the Netherlands in the final, defeating the visitors by 142 runs after having set up a target of 239 runs in the first innings– the highest ever in Nepal’s international T20 history. The series marked Nepal’s first international cricket tournament after a 13-month pandemic-induced pause, and the country’s first win at home after more than a decade.
Nepal recorded 2486 new coronavirus cases–644 among those in Kathmandu, 141 in Lalitpur, and 87 in Bhaktapur–and 14 Covid fatalities on Saturday, while 7525 PCR tests had been conducted in the last 24 hours.