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Nepal wrap up tour with resounding victory

Aug 26, 2018 | Saleena Shrestha |
Nepal wrapped up their practice tour of Sri Lanka with their third consecutive victory defeating Colts Cricket Club by five wickets on Sunday.

Half centuries from skipper Paras Khadka and Dipendra Singh Airee were the cornerstones in Nepal's another comprehensive victory in the island country from where they will now leave for Malaysia to participate in the ACC Asia Cup Qualifier scheduled for August 29 to September 6. 

Batting first, Colts were all out for 216 in 49.5 overs with Hassan Hewanayake and Ayana Siriwardane lifting their innings. Nepal reached 218-5 in 42.5 overs on a back of gritty innings from Paras and Dipendra. 

Paras shared 88 runs for the second wicket with Gyanendra Malla after the opener began with a 42-run partnership with Subash Khakurel (22). Gyanendra scored 45 from 65 balls with four hits to the fence.  

Paras top scored for Nepal with a 57-ball 58 hitting six boundaries and a maximum. With the departure of Gyanendra, Nepal went on to lose four wickets in a space of 20 runs including that of Paras, Sagar Pun (five) and Binod Bhandari (one) to be at 150-5.

But Dipendra shared a match-winning 68 unbeaten runs for the sixth wicket with Aarif Sheikh (23) leading Nepal across the finishing line. Dipendra notched up 52 from 53 balls with five fours and three sixes. Ayana Siriwardane took two wickets for Colts.
 
Earlier, Hewanayake and Siriwardene rescued Colts from a collapse sharing 85 runs for the fifth wicket. Hewanayake made 59 off 67 balls hitting three fours and as many sixes. Siriwardene contributed 36, while Madura Lakmal (31) and Krishan Nathan (24) chipped in from the lower order to get them beyond 200-run mark.  

Seamer Sompal Kami returned the figures of 3-34 in 9.5 overs with one maiden. Karan KC and Sagar also picked up two wickets each.


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