Nepal lost their final practice match against Canterbury Selection-XI by three wickets ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in New Zealand.
Nepal had gone into the match with a record of winning six straight practice matches that began with four victories in Sri Lanka. On Tuesday, coach Pubudu Dassanayake rested skipper Paras Khadka and a coincidence was that Nepal lost.
Batting first, Nepal made 207-9 in 50 overs and Canterbury reached 208-7 with 17 balls to spare. Canterbury picked up the momentum in the game after Hugh Pattersen (15) and Jack Boyle gave them 43-run stand for the first wicket. Boyle made 35 off 47.
At one stage, Nepal managed to reduced Canterbury to 94-4 in 29.3 overs but Kieran Ambler and Jeff Case (26) shared 79 runs for the fifth wicket as the hosts edged ahead.
Earlier, Sagar shined with the bat as well sharing 68 runs for the second wicket with opener Mahesh Chhetri after Nepal lost Anil (nine) early. Sagar departed for a 75-ball 44 hitting four boundaries and Mahesh was next to go for 34 off 71.
Gyanendra Malla continued to get runs making 25 off 35 with three boundaries but Sharad Vesawkar (five), Binod Bhandari (eight), Basanta Regmi (four) and Pradeep Airee (three) lost their wickets cheaply.
Prithu Baskota rescued Nepal from a collapse making 47 off 45 with eight boundaries. Prithu shared 28 runs for the ninth wicket with Shakti (one). Som Pal was unbeaten on six from four balls. Henry Shipley took three wickets for Canterbury.