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Nepal U19 lose second practice match against Sri Lanka U19

After warming up with a 110-run crushing from Pakistan, Nepal
have completed their pre ICC U-19 World Cup preparations with another defeat,
this time losing to Sri Lanka by 65 runs.

In the match that was reduced to 45-over-a-side, Sri Lanka made
230-9 where half centuries from middle order batsmen Shammu Ashan and Charith
Asalanka. Nepal, who had elected to field first, were skittled out for just 165
in 42.5 overs.


Nepal had a modest start in reply when Sunil Dhamala hit an
18-ball 26 with five boundaries to give a 40-run opening wicket stand with
Sandeep Sunar (12). Nepal, however, were reduced to 62-4 after losing both the
openers along with Yogendra Karki (15) and Ishan Pandey (one).


Raju Rijal and Aarif Sheikh (10) took Nepal close to 100 but a
dismissal of the latter followed a collapse with the team sliding to 118-8 in
35.3 overs. Rijal made 31 off 55 with two boundaries, while Rajbir Singh (duck)
and Kushal Bhurtel (three) failed to make any impact.


Dipendra Airee and Himanshu Dutta pushed the team towards a
respectable total sharing 47 runs for the ninth wicket. Himanshu hit two sixes
in his run-a-ball 21, while Dipendra, who had made 42 against Pakistan,
remained unbeaten on 33 off 44 with four boundaries.


Asalanka picked up two wickets for Sri Lanka, while three Nepali
batsmen were run out.


Earlier, Sri Lanka didn’t too many big scorers with only Ashan
and Asalanka doing the damage. The two batsmen shared 83-run partnership for
the fourth wicket, while Ashan guided the team to a big total hammering a
74-ball 81.


Ashan’s innings included four sixes and four boundaries.
Asalanka made 71 off 68 with 10 hits to the fence. Sandip Lamichhane, Sushil
Kandel and Sunil Dhamala picked up two wickets each for Nepal.


Nepal begin their U-19 World Cup campaign with the Group ‘D’
match against New Zealand. India and Ireland are other two teams in the pool.    

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