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Nepal’s fourth practice match abandoned

Nepal’s fourth practice match in their ICC U-19 World Cup Division 1 Asia Qualifier on Tuesday was abandoned due to rain.

In the match against Noida XI that included three Indian Premier League players, the local side made a challenging 278 all out in 49.2 overs. Nepal were replying with 117-3 in 25 overs before rain forced the players off the field and the match was called off.

Since it was a friendly game, there was no Duckworth Lewis format used even though the stipulated 20 overs were played. Nepal will now meet the same side in the last friendly game on July 13 before leaving for Singapore on July 14. Nepal will play Afghanistan, Singapore and Malaysia in the July 17-25 Qualifiers from where only the table toppers after the double round robin league will make to the 2018 World Cup to be held in New Zealand.

The match witnessed a blistering century from Anureet Singh, a Kings XI Punjab player, who smashed an 86-ball 121 with 14 boundaries and seven sixes. He shared 139 runs for the second wicket with Rahul Yadav. Rahul chipped in 37 from 49 with five hits to the fence.

Parwinder Awana pushed Noida close to 300 runs smashing a 35-ball 43 with seven sixes. Rohit Kumar Paudel, who dismissed centurion Singh, took 4-59 from 10 overs, while Rashid Khan took 3-33 from 6.2.

Nepal had a shaky start when Sandeep Sunar (five) had to head back due to injury with seven runs on the board. In-form Pranit Thapa Magar and opener Aasif Sheikh took the team to 50 runs before the former was dismissed. Pranit made 27 from 38 with five boundaries. Nepal then lost Dipendra Singh Airee (nine) and Aasif to be reduced to 82-3.

Aasif scored 28 from 50 with three hits to the fence. New men Aadil Khan and Anil Sah were rebuilding the innings before rain played spoilsport. They made 22 runs each. Nimit Saini took two wickets for Noida.

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