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In-form Gyanendra hands Nepal 83-run victory

Stand-in skipper Gyanendra Malla continued his fine form and missed his second consecutive century by five runs as Nepal defeated RajwadaCricket Team by 83 runs at the Gautam Buddha University Ground in Greater Noida, Delhi on Wednesday.

Batting first, Gyanendra’s 95 off 115 balls guided Nepal to 247-7 in 50 overs before an all-round bowling display helped them restrict the local side to 160 all out in 37.3 overs.

Gyanendra, who had made a century in Nepal’s 47-run loss against the same side in the first match on Monday, continued from where he had left as he got involved in two crucial partnerships to help his side post a challenging total.

The opener began the day with a 93-run stand for the first wicket with Sunil Dhamala who made 44 off 72 with five boundaries. Nepal soon lost Sunil and new man Sharad Vesawkar (seven) but Gyanendra forged another 56 runs for the third wicket with Sagar Pun (17).

Gyanendra’s 115 ball innings included eight fours and a six. After Gyanendra’s departure Mehboob Alam played a cameo of 22-ball 30 with two fours and as many sixes, while Aarif Sheikh chipped in an unbeaten 24 off 27 with a boundary.

Madhur Khatri and Sushil Khatri took two wickets each for Rajwada who in reply kept losing wickets at regular intervals in the chase. Madhur top scored for them with 42 runs from 63 balls with five boundaries. Ashok Singh was their next best scorer with 33 runs. Sompal Kami, Sagar Pun and Sandeep Lamichhane picked up two wickets each for Nepal.

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