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Nepal out of Emerging Teams Cup, lose to Bangladesh by 83 runs

Nepal suffered their second consecutive loss in the ACC Emerging Teams Cup going down to Bangladesh U-23 by 83 runs at the Sheikh Kamal International Stadium in Cox Bazaar, Bangladesh, on Tuesday.

Left arm seamer Avinash Karn justified skipper Gyanendra Malla’s decision to bowl first as he picked up three quick wickets as Bangladesh were reduced to 33-4 in 10 overs. But a defying century from Nasir Hossain guided the hosts to 257-9 in 50 overs. Nepal had identical start losing Gyanendra (duck), Sunil Dhamala (one) and Aasif Sheikh (12) at 16-3 in 6.5 overs. Debutant Dilip Nath and Dipendra Singh Airee resurrected Nepali innings with a solidpartnership but their departure saw Nepal folded for 174 in 42.3 overs.

Dilip and Dipendra shared 98 runs for the fourth wicket in what could have been a match winning stand but rest of the batting line up failed to deliver. Dipendra made 56 off 85 with six boundaries and Dilip was impressive in his 62-ball 41 that included three fours and a six. Sharad Vesawkar (two) and Mehboob Alam (10) fell cheaply while Binod

Bhandari raised faint hope slamming a 23-ball 33 with six fours and a six. Rahatul Ferdous took 4-45 for Bangladesh and Mohammad Shaiffudin scalped 3-22 from 8.3 overs.

Earlier, Nepal dreamed of a surprise win removing Bangladesh’ top four batsmen cheaply but Hossain held firm with an unbeaten century. Hossain shared 78 runs for the fifth wicket with Mominul Haque who scored 61 off 78 balls with seven boundaries.

Sandeep Lamichhane provided the breakthrough removing Haque as Bangladesh’s slide resumed when they were reduced to 175-8 in 40.2 overs. But Hossain got involved in a defining 76 run stand for the ninth wicket with Abul Hasan (29) to put Bangladesh in a strong position.

Hossaiin hit 12 boundaries and two sixes in his match-winning 115-ball 109 not out. Avinash finished with figures of 3-46 from eight overs, while Sandeep had the figures of 2-41 from 10 overs.

The defeat knocked out Nepal from the group stage and they will play Hong Kong in their final league game on Thursday. Pakistan, who crushed Hong Kong by 248 runs in another Group ‘B’ match on Tuesday, made it through along with Bangladesh with both teams yet to face each other.

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