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Nepal set tune right in Moors music

Nepal defeated Moors Cricket Club in their second practice match of their 2014 World Cup Qualifiers preparation tour of Sri Lanka in Colombo on Friday. 


With regular seamers giving timely breakthroughs, Nepal bundled out the local side for just 147 runs in 36.2 overs. Nepal reached the target in 32.2 overs but not before losing eight of their batsmen following a flop show from the openers in Colombo. 


The win came courtesy of a quick fire half century from Binod Bhandari that came after the top order failed to impress. Mahesh Chhetri, playing his first match of the tour, departed for seven and Anil Mandal headed back making six. 


Skipper Paras Khadka and Gyanendra Malla (eight) took the team across 50-run mark before both fell in a space of four runs. Paras was the next best scorer for Nepal with 28 runs. Binod shared 63 runs for the fifth wicket with Sharad Vesawkar (17) and hammered seven boundaries and three sixes on his way to make 52 from 29 balls. 


However, once Binod departed Sharad and Pradeep also lost their wickets as Nepal were in precarious position at 122-7. Basanta Regmi (four) fell cheaply and Nepal required 10 runs with just two wickets in hand. Shakti (10) Gauchan and Prithu Baskota (five) held their nerves for a hard-fought win. 


Malinda Pushpakumara picked up four wickets for Moors. Earlier, Moors were reduced to 78-5 after Avinash and Jitendra took two wickets each, while Paras had one victim. Dilhara Lokuhettige, carrying in his shoulders the experience of playing nine ODIs for the Sri Lankan national team, earned some respect for Moors making 55 runs.  Shakti and Anil also picked up two wickets each.


Nepal, who opened the tour with a four-wicket victory over Colts Cricket Club on Thursday, will play Sri Lanka Ports Authority Club in their third tour match on Tuesday.

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