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Nepal below-par with bat without Paras, Gyanendra, Bhandari

Nepal gave a below par performance with the bat but in absence of key players as they lost to the United States of America (USA) by five wickets in a 50-over friendly match at the Nursery Oval in Abu Dhabi on Friday.


Playing against their former coach Pubudu Dassanayake’s side USA, Nepal tried out new faces including Kushal Bhurtel and Anil Sah in the game resting regular skipper Paras Khadka, Gyanendra Malla, Binod Bhandari, Karan KC and Shakti Gauchan.


The absence of two batting stalwarts was evident as Nepal were bundled out for just 89 runs in 36.1 overs. USA reached 94-5 in 22.3 overs but not before losing half of their team to reach the paltry target after Sompal Kami and Sagar Pun picked up two wickets apiece.


Sagar Pun and Dilip Nath opened the innings for Nepal and the duo added 29 runs before a collapse saw Nepal reduced to 51-6 with Japen Patel (4-8) and Roy Silva (2-19) wreaking havoc in the top and middle order.


Anil, one of the impressive batsmen during Nepal’s ACC U-19 Asia Cup campaign, had a forgetful outing after he was out for duck. Basanta Regmi top scored for Nepal with a 31-ball 21 hitting two boundaries, while Sagar was their next best scorer making 16 off 36 with two hits to the fence.


Dipendra Singh Airee (12) and Kushal Bhurtel (10) were remaining batsmen to make runs in double figures. In a match where stand-in skipper Sharad Vesawkar was also out for a duck, Nosthush Kenjige also picked up two wickets for USA.


Despite losing wickets at regular intervals, opener Syed Abdullah remained in USA’s chase scoring a brisk 44 from 40 balls with three sixes and three boundaries. Silva completed the chase making 25 from 28 with three hits over the fence.


Nepal are currently preparing for the ICC World Cricket League Championship seventh and final round matches against the UAE and will now play Kenya in the second friendly gameon Sunday.

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