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Nepal bowler Alam bags a perfect 10
May 26, 2008 12:34 IST
Nepal's left-arm seamer Mahaboob Alam claimed all 10 wickets against Mozambique in an ICC [Images] World Cricket League Division 5 match in Jersey to lead his team to a thumping 219-run victory.
Alam was on a hat-trick thrice in the course of his 7.5-over spell. He claimed four wickets off six balls, three of which were clean bowled, as the African country, chasing Nepal's 238 for seven, were knocked over for 19 runs.
In a dismal batting display, nine of the Mozambique batsmen were dismissed for 0.
"I never thought I would get 10 wickets," said the 26-year-old Alam. "I managed to get the ball to swing for me and then I thought I was in with a chance of getting wickets."
"Once I got my eighth wicket, I thought I could get all 10 in the match. I did think the bowler at the end may get one or two wickets as he was getting the ball to skid on but fortunately for me he couldn't. I am very happy," he said.
Nepal captain Binod Kumar Das paid tribute to his bowler's amazing performance and informed that Alam was once before on the verge of getting 10 wickets only for Das, himself, to take wickets at the other end to dash the hopes of his colleague.
"I am absolutely thrilled to bits as a guy taking 10 wickets doesn't happen in cricket regularly and I'm absolutely delighted to be part of that as it was a remarkable performance by Alam. He deserves a lot of credit for that," said the skipper.