Nepal’s CAN-XI lost their second match of the 31st All India Uttarakhand Gold Cup Cricket Tournament goind down to Dena Bank of Delhi by 28 runs in a low scoring match in Dehradun on Monday.
Dena were restricted to 150-9 in 40 overs after electing to bat first on a pitch that offered a lot to spinners. CAN-XI, in reply, were all out for just 122 against a Dena Bank team that had few players that played Ranji Trophy.
CAN-XI began their chase cautiously reaching 21-0 after six overs but three quick wickets reduced them to 25-3 in 11 overs. After the unexpected collapse, Binod Bhandari and Naresh Budhayer anchore Nepali innings adding 44 runs for the fourth wicket. Naresh’s innings came to an end after he was trapped leg before wicket.
Shakti tried to hold the innings but left the crease at 103-4 and the scores soon read 104-6 following the failure of skipper Prithu Baskota and Sagar Pun.
The slide further continued after Nepal lost their remaining four wickets for just 18 runs. Binod was the only batsman to impress for Nepal in the match making 66 runs.
Dena got off to a solid start at 50-0 but two wickets from Pradeep Airee reduced them to 64-2. Sagar pun reduced Dena to 84-4 in 18 overs.
Sagar took two more wicket in his sixth over to make it 123-7. Bhuwan them stuck twice to make it 134-9 in the 38th over but DENA managed to hang on and scored 150 runs in 40 overs on a pitch that was getting difficult to bat after every over.
Sagar took 4-23 in nine overs and Bhuwan took 3-25 from eight. CAN-XI gave away 24 extras and eight overthrows on a wicket that was difficult to score on.