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Nepal lose to Delhi Wanderers

Without seven regular members from the ICC World Twenty20 qualifying national team, Nepal on Tuesday lost to Delhi Wanderers by 24 runs in their second match of the Sagarmatha Cement Journey to World Cup.

 

Gyanendra Malla led the national team with skipper Paras Khadka rested along with Subash Khakurel, Sagar Pun, Pradeep Airee, Basanta Regmi, Shakti Gauchan and Jitendra Mukhiya and it took the toll when Delhi Wanderes managed 235 all out in 44.1 overs in a match reduced to 45 overs due to foggy conditions.

 

Som Pal Kami once again impressed with his lethal pace picking up four wickets but Nepal threw away the match from a winning position after they were bundled out for 211 in 41.4 overs.

 

Openers Mahesh Chhetri and Anil Mandal gave Nepal a decent start adding 47 runs for the first wicket but a run out of the former halted the proceedings. Mahesh made 22 off 38 with three fours.

 

Nepal then lost Naresh Budhayer (four), Prithu Baskota (17) and Sharad Vesawkar (13) with the team reeling at 112-4 in 24.4 overs. Gyanendra Malla played aggressively adding 65 runs for the fifth wicket but Shivam Maavi brought visitors back in the match removing both the set batsmen in a space of eight balls.

 

Gyanendra smashed two sixes and three boundaries – two coming from reverse sweep – in his 50-ball 51, while Anil made 55 off 80 with five hits to the fence. Pawan Negi – who plays for Indian Premier League outfit Delhi Daredevils – took three wickets for Delhi Wanderers.

 

Earlier, Amrit Bhattarai pushed Delhi Wanderers to back foot with two wickets in two balls reducing them to 31-2 but a 65-run partnership between Arjun Gupta and Kshitiz Sharma (24) made Nepal wait.

 

Arjun made 39 off 75 before Ram Naresh Giri cleaned him up. Man-of-the-match Shivam Sharma and Pawan pushed the run rate with free flowing strokes for Delhi Wanderers. Skipper Shivam made 61 off 54 with eight fours and a six, while Pawan scored 29 off 19 with four hits to the fence and one maximum.

 

Both batsmen fell to Som Pal who returned with 4-41 from nine overs. Ram Naresh took 2-38. Nepal will now play their final match against Singapore on Friday. In another match at the Pulchowk Engineering College grounds, Air India crushed Singapore by 132 runs.

 

Air India amassed 308-8 in 45 overs following a solid 113 off 101 from man-of-the-match Pradeep Malik. Raj Paul then picked up four wickets as Singapore were bundled out for 172 in 37 overs.

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