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Nepal wrap Jaipur tour with fourth victory

Nepal wrapped up their seven-day practice tour of Jaipur with a 41-run defeat of Jaipur Cricket Association-XI (JCA) for their fourth consecutive victory on Friday.

Nepal had opened their tour with a three-wicket victory over Star Academy on 15th April and followed that win with a resounding 79-run thumping of Nirja Modi Cricket Academy the next day. The visitors then overcame Rajasthan Cricket Association-XI by three wickets.

Nepal – who headed to India as a part of their preparation for the ICC World Cricket League Division-III to be held in Bermuda from April 28 – will return home on Saturday. In the match against JCA, Gyanendra Malla and Sharad Vesawkar continued their superb run of form making half centuries to steer Nepal to 201-9 in the 45-over-a-side match.

Left arm spinner Shakti Gauchan then picked up four wickets as the local side was bundled out for just 160 runs in 39 overs.Sanjam Regmi and Amrit Bhattarai also picked up two wickets each, while skipper Paras Khadka and Chandra Saud got rid of one victim each.

Earlier, after the opener failed to give Nepal a desired start in their fourth match in a row, Gyanendra anchored the innings with a half century in the middle order. Gyanendra made 58 runs, his third half century in the tour. Gyanendra had also made half centuries against Nirja Modi and RCA. Binod Bhandari was out for 21 runs. Sharad Vesawkar then upped the run rate with 59 runs, while Pradeep Airee remained unbeaten on 36. After putting some impressive performance during the recently held ACC Twenty20 Cup in Kathmandu, Sharad had gone on to make 44, 46 and 59 runs in the tournament.

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