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Nepal run riot over Singapore to enter final

Nepal crushed Singapore by 227 runs in the Sagarmatha Cement Journey To World Cup in a mach where Sharad’ Vesawkar’s whirlwind 45-ball 91 rocketed Nepal to 313-5 in 45 overs at the TU Stadium on Friday.


In a match where players from both sides paid tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela, Singapore were dismissed for just 86 in just 17.2 overs. Veteran leg spinner Raj Kumar Pradhan, 38, and 18 year old Som Pal Kami picked up three wickes each for Nepal.


Nepal will meet Air India, a team that they defeated by five wickets in league’s first match, in the final match on Saturday. Air India overcame Dehi Wanderers by 39 runs in a low-scoring match at the Pulchowk Engineering College grounds.


The day belonged to Nepal batsmen and the finishing touch came from Sharad Vesawkar who smashed Anish Param for 32 runs in the 39th over. Sharad hit five sixes in the over and totalled with eight in the innings that was also studded with four boundaries. 


Nepal rode on a solid 125-run partnership between openers Anil Mandal and Subash Khakurel. Anil made 58 from 80 balls with four boundaries and two sixes that were swept down on one knee.


After Anil’s departure, Subash added another 35 with skipper Gyanendra Malla and headed back only after a composed 75 from 76 balls with 10 boundaries. Gyanendra looked like heading towards a big score but after showing a lot of composure handed a catch in an attempt to reverse sweep Vijay Kumar Selladore.


Gyanendra made a run-a-ball 48 with five boundaries. Prithu Baskota — into his third match after the return from injury — made 18 but in an innings laregely dominated by Sharad. Som Pal kept his impressive form in the tournament picking up three wickets giving Nepal an early breakthrough removing Arjun Mutreja (nine).


Jitendra Mukhiya then picked up two-in-two and then Raj Kumar and Basanta tightened the grip sharing five wickets between them. Raj Kumar returned with 3-18 with his leg spin and Basanta took 2-15. Anish Param top scored for Singapore with 19 off 16. Som Pal took 3-23 from in 5.2 overs. Som Pal has already picked up 10 wickets from three matches.

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