Nepal’s Dhangadhi Cricket Academy (DCA) U-17 team lost both of its matches in their Sri Lanka tour on Wednesday.
After losing to RP Cricket Academy by 19 runs in the first match, DCA were closed to sign off the day with a victory but fell six runs short in their second match against Kaikawala Central School, informed Sita Ram Ojha, who is currently in Sri Lanka.
At the Bernard Stadium, RP made 143-7 with Askar Kamdin contributing 61 runs alone. Openers Dipendra Thapa and Roshan Adhikari gave DCA a dream start adding 86 runs for the first wicket but their innings ultimately folded at 125-9. Dipendra made 45 and Roshan chipped in 34 runs.
The 12-year old Subodh Ayer – who had hit the winning boundary against Royal School on Tuesday – made 12 runs.
Subodh also picked up two wickets along with Tekendra Khadka and Aman Panthi. Bhuwan Thapa had one scalp. Pradip Lakmal and Altaf Ahmed took three wickets each for RP.
Later, Kaikawala made 135 in 20 overs before restricting DCA to 129-8. Bibesh Singh top scored with 35 runs, while Nurain Ansari made 33 and Roshan scored 22. Athula destroyed DCA batting line-up picking up four wickets.
Earlier, Isuru posted a match-high 38 for the Sri Lankan side with Dilaan making 31. Aman took three wickets for DCA, while Dipendra and Ashutosh took two wickets apiece. DCA coach Arjun Khadka said his side played well in both matches but missed out on the last moments.
“The Sri Lankan players have experience compared to our cricketers. We need to make sure that we perform better in other matches,” said Khadka. After a rest day, DCA will now take on RP Academy for two matches on Friday.