Nepal began their 10-day New Delhi tour on a losing note at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium on Monday.
Nepal lost their first practice match of the tour to the U-25 team of the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) that contained by players with Indian Premier League experience. After the hosts elected to field first, Nepal managed 137-5 with fine innings from opener Subash Khakurel and skipper Paras Khadka.
DDCA owed much to their opener Dhruv Sorey who made 73 not out taking his team 138 in 19.1 overs despite Nepali bowlers managed to pick six wickets. Sorey smashed 12 boundaries and a six while facing just 46 deliveries.
Nepal sniffed an unlikely victory against the strong looking Indian side reducing them to 84-5 in 14.2 overs but Sorey and No 7 batsman Pawan Negi resisted with a valuable partnership of 38 runs that decided the match.
Negi hammered 26 off just 16 balls with three boundaries and a maximum. Another opener Aditya Kaushik also chipped in 15 off 16 with three fours. Jitendra Mukhiya and Basanta Regmi took two wickets each for Nepal with skipper Paras Khadka having one victim.
Nepal had a disastrous start when they lost opener Sagar Pun (three) with just four runs on the board. Another opener Subash Khakurel and Gyanendra Malla, however, consolidated the innings with a 77-run stand for the second wicket.
Gyanendra scored 26 from 33 balls with three hits to the fence. He lost his wicket just three balls before Subash departed for 45 off 40 after hitting five boundaries and a six. Paras assured Nepal pile on what ultimately proved to be a challenging total for the hosts striking 39 off 26 balls.
Paras hit two sixes and three boundaries. Binod Bhandari made 11 off 12 and Sharad Vesawkar was run out for six runs. Nepal are preparing for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers beginning in UAE from November 15. The visitors will now play against the same side at the Roshanara Club grounds on Tuesday.