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Rohit, Jora, Kushal star in Nepal's victory

Mar 20, 2019 | CN Staff |

Skipper Rohit Kumar Paudel and Sundeep Jora starred with the bat as Nepal hammered Andhra State Under-19 by 62 runs in their first match of the preparation tour of India on Wednesday.

Batting first, Rohit and Jora added 145 runs for the fifth wicket before a late blitz from Kamal Singh Airee lifted Nepal to 276 all out in 48 overs. Kushal Malla then picked up four wickets bundling out Andhra for just 214 runs in 45.1 overs.

Nepal were reduced to 41-4 before Rohit and Jora shared a match defining 145-run stand. Rohit anchored the innings with a patient 116-ball 81 hitting six fours and a six.

Jora scored swiftly to make 69 runs off 64 balls with two fours and six sixes. Kamal, who smashed five consecutive sixes in the 47th over, played a 25-ball cameo of 44. He also hit two boundaries. Kushal (17) was another batsman to score in double digits for the visiting side.

Tejaswi picked up maximum four wickets for Andhra with the figures of 4-41 from 10 overs.

The Andhra opening pair of Harshwardhan and Hemant Reddy gave the local team a solid start with an 85-run first wicket stand before spinners brought Nepal back in the game.

Harshwardhan made a run-a-ball 46 with seven fours and a six before getting trapped leg before by Sagar Dhakal. Pawan Sarraf bowled Reddy for a 41-ball 38 with six hits to the fence. After the two openers lost their wickets, Nepali spinners continued to strangulate Andhra batting with Kushal destroying the middle order.

Kushal returned the figures of 4-41 from 10 overs. Kamal polished off the tail picking up three wickets after P Tejaswi and K Venkatesh (20) put on 65 runs for the eighth wicket. Tejaswi hit two sixes and as many boundaries in his 51-ball 43.

Kamal took 3-39 from 7.1 overs. Pawan snared 2-28 from seven.


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