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Back-to-back victory for Nepal

Nepal registered second consecutive victory in their New Delhi tour with a five-wicket victory over another DDCA U-25 team at the Roshanara Club grounds on Wednesday.


Nepal put the local side to bat first after winning the toss and restricted them to 123-6 in 20 overs. A fair contribution from all batsmen then took Nepal to 124-5 in 19.4 overs. Nepal had begun their 10-day Delhi tour losing to another U-25 team of the state by four wickets before defeating their next age group team by 36 runs on Tuesday.


Nepal lost opener Subash Khakurel (naught) in the first ball of the innings but Pradeep Airee and Sagar Pun anchored the ship with a 42-run stand. Sagar made 19 – his highest in the tour so far – from 27 balls with two boundaries and a six.


Pradeep hit four boundaries on his way to make 26 from 31 as both batsmen lost their wicket in a space of seven balls. Skipper Paras Khadka and his deputy Gyanendra Malla then combined for a 37-run stand for the fourth wicket. Paras hit two sixes in his 21-ball 23 and was next Nepali batsman to depart.


Gyanendra added another 33 runs with Binod Bhandari before losing his wicket in the third ball of the 20th over after making 18 off 24 with two boundaries. Gyanendra’s dismissal left Nepal requiring six runs to win from the last three balls and new man Sharad Vesawkar did it in style smashing a six of Kuldeep Rawat in the first ball of the innings he faced.


Binod remained unbeaten on 26 off just 14 balls where he hit three sixes. Kuldeep and Punit Mehra took two wickets each for the hosts.


Earlier, DDCA U-25 got off to a decent start with their openers Nipun Malhotra and Abhinav Passi (12) adding 32 runs in 5.1 overs. Shakti Gauchan gave Nepal the breakthrough getting rid of the later as the Indian side had hard time to cope with the spinners then after.


Paras used three spinners in Shakti, Sagar and Rahul Kumar BK and conceded only 51 runs in their collecting 10 overs. Sagar took two wickets including that of DDCA top scorer Nipun who made a run-a-ball 25 with two fours and a six.


Paras, Amrit Bhattarai, Avinash Karn and Shakti Gauchan had one scalp apiece. Akarshit Gomil was DDCA’s next best contributor with 24 runs from 17 balls, while Ankur Jhulka and Kuldeep made 19 runs each. After a rest day, Nepal will play against Railways-XI at the same grounds on Friday.

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