Nepal signed off from their 15-day Sri Lanka tour with a victory – their first in the last five practice matches – after defeating North East Province by 168 runs at the Moors Sports Complex in Colombo on Tuesday.
Nepal’s victory – which actually came against relatively a weaker team – came after the team was whitewashed 4-0 by a mighty Sri Lankan U-23 team. The Emerging Teams Cup begins from Saturday in Singapore where Nepal are scheduled to play against U-23 teams from India and Pakistan apart from a full-strength Afghanistan side in Group ‘A’.
In Colombo on Tuesday, Nepal amassed 273-8 in 50 overs before restricting the local side to 105 all out in 28 overs. Nepal’s best score in the tour so far was 166-7 – which they managed against the Sri Lankan U-23 team on Sunday.
Openers Anil Mandal and Subash Khakurel set Nepal on course for a big total with a 78-run stand for the first wicket. Anil posted a match-high 64 off 86 balls that included seven boundaries and one six. Subash made 39 off 26 with three fours and a six.
Skipper Paras Khadka was the next best scorer with 38-ball 37 where he hit four fours and one six and Binod Bhandari made 30 from 39 that included three hits to the fence. Rahul Kumar BK played hit four boundaries and a six in his 24 off an eight-ball blitz.
Sharad Vesawkar (20), Gyanendra Malla (17), Basant Regmi (11 not out) and Sagar Pun (10) also chipped in some valuable scores. A Norbert and S Mayudsan claimed two wickets each for the local side.
In a weak North East scorecard, Lakshita Madumal and S Uttamakumar were the only batsmen to resist the Nepali bowling attack making 38 each. Avinash Karn took 3-18 and part timer Sharad also returned with 3-19 with his off spin. Chandra Saud also snapped two wickets while Ramnaresh Giri and Shakti Gauchan took one apiece.