KATHMANDU :- Nepal won their second consecutive practice match in their Jaipur tour defeating Nirja Modi-XI by 79 runs on Tuesday.
The victory has come a day after Nepal, preparing for the ICC World Cricket League Division-III, had defeated Star Academy by three wickets. On a day when three Nepali batsmen smashed half centuries that included one from skipper Paras Khadka, Nepal made a challenging 269-7 in 50 overs. Left arm medium pacer Amrit Bhattarai then picked up three wickets as the local side could only muster 190-8 in reply.
Right arm spinner Sanjam Regmi also picked up two wickets for Nepal, while left arm turners Basanta Regmi and Rahul Kumar BK had one scalp apiece. Earlier, Binod Bhandari carried the form he had during the ACC Twenty20 Cup in Kathmandu last week top scoring for Nepal with a match-high 67. Paras made 51 and his deputy Gyanendra Malla (50) also completed a half century.
Sharad Vesawkar, who had crossed Nepal across the finishing line against Star Academy with an unbeaten 44, continued to chip in valuable runs with a composed 46 on Tuesday. Prithu Baskota made 11. Pradeep Airee (22) and Basanta (11) remained unbeaten.
The Nepali team – which is in a seven-day tour of Jaipur – will watch the Indian Premier League match between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium on Wednesday – before playing their third practice match the next day.