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Nepal end Lanka tour on a high

Nepal wrapped up their 10-day practice tour of Sri Lanka with a 16-run victory over Bloomfiled Club in Colombo.


With this Nepal won all their four practice matches and will now head for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers that begins from January 13 to February 1.


Nepal will now play three more practice matches against local clubs of New Zealand before competing in the two warm-up fixtures against Kenya and Namibia before beginning their Qualifiers campaign with Group ‘A’ match against the United Arab Emirates.


Som Pal Kami joined the team at the mid-night in Colombo playing his first match for Nepal with another tiring flight for New Zealand waiting in the night and the jetlagged bowler impressed giving the early breakthrough in the defence before returning with the figures of 47-3 from 10 overs.


Except for Gyanendra Malla, the top five batsmen contributed as Nepal made 246-8. Bloomfiled in reply were bundled out for 230 with two balls to spare.


Openers Subsah Khakurel and Anil Mandal gave Nepal a solid start adding 84 runs for the first wicket. Subash made 41 from 82 with three boundaries, while Anil hit five fours making 38 off 63.


Nepal then lost both openers and Gyanendra Malla (one) in a space of 24 runs before skipper Paras Khadka and Sharad Vesawkar resurrected the innings with a 77-run stand for the fourth wicket.


Paras made some quick runs making 62 from 58 balls hitting four boundaries and two sixes. Sharad made 36 from 65 in an innings that included two fours.


Binod Bhadari upped the ante with a 12-ball 28 that saw three maximum and a four.


Imran Khan and Amila Aponsu – who had played the 2012 World Cup in Australia – took two wickets each for Bloomfield.


In Nepal’s defence Basanta Regmi also took two wickets, while one wicket each went to Avinash Karn and Shakti Guchan.


Nepal had opened the tournament by two wicket victory over Moors Cricket Club then overcame Colts by four wickets and edged Sri Lanka Ports Authority Cricket Cub by two wickets.

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