Sagar Pun eased some pressure off him scoring 36 runs and involving in a half century stand as Nepal defeated Free Foresters Cricket Club by 24 runs in their second practice match on Friday in the tour of England.
Electing to bat first, Nepal made 158-7 in 20 overs where Sagar’s 83-run stand with skipper Paras Khadka gave a lot of thinking to coach Pubudu Dassanayake to retain Gyanendra Malla in his regular No. 3. Free Foresters were skittled out for 134 with one balls to spare in reply.
Having gone for a duck in the first practice match against a strong-looking Middlesex 2nd XI, Sagar was under pressure to deliver to assure the team that he was the ideal opening partner for Subash Khakurel. Although Khakurel (two) lost his wicket early on Friday, Sagar stuck to the crease and together with Paras guided the team close to triple figures.
Sagar made 36 off 34 with four hits to the fence and Paras was the leading scorer of the day making 42 from 33 balls hitting five fours and a six.
Pradeep Airee and Sharad Vesawkar (13) shared 37 runs for the fourth wicket before both batsmen were dismissed in a space of eight runs. Pradee chipped in 27 off 17 with five boundaries. Smith and Jack McLaver picked up three wickets each for Free Foresters.
Sompal Kami impressed as usual reducing Foresters to 17-2 in no time but Tim Young and Ben Jeffrey brought the foresters back in the match with a 44-run partnership. Young contributed 42 from 38 hitting three boundaries and a six. Jeffrey scored 29 off 19 hittng four boundaries and a maximum.
Apart from Sompal, Shakti Gauchan and Sagar also picked up two wickets each for Nepal.