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Paras blasts century as Nepal win big

Skipper Paras Khadka blasted an unbeaten century to continue his fine form as Nepal wrapped up their South Africa tour with a seven-wicket victory over Eastern Invitational-XI at the Willomore Park in Benoni, South Africa on Monday.


After leading Nepal to a crushing 64-run victory over Mpumalaga Club in their second warm-up game on Sunday with 79-run innings, Khadka got even better on Monday as his 123 not out off 114 balls guided Nepal to 258-3 in 46.1 overs. Paras’ 3-36 had helped Nepal bundled out Eastern team for 256 runs in 48.3 overs.
























Nepal’s opening woes continued when Naresh Budhayer (three) was out cheaply with just five runs on board. Another opener Subash Khakurel and Gyanendra Malla steadied the ship with a 51-run stand. Subash was out for 32 off 40 balls with three fours and a six from a free-hit.


The Eastern team celebration short-lived after Paras came to the crease and cleared his intentions collecting fluent runs. He flayed the local bowling attack sharing a match-winning 134-run stand for the third wicket with Gyanendra.


Gyanendra completed his half century before losing his wicket for 53 runs from 102 balls with two hits to the fence. Gyanendra’s dismissal mattered little for Nepal as Paras continued to play his shots and along with Sharad Vesawkar – who sealed the game with a six – compiled for an unbroken 68 runs partnership.


Paras completed his century off 96 balls and ended his innings hitting 15 boundaries and two sixes. Sharad made 21 off 28.


Nepal had got their day right on track when they reduced the local side to 116-6 but their middle and lower order resisted guiding the team to a challenging total.


Apart from Paras, Sompal Kami, Karan KC and Shakti Gauchan picked up two wickets for Nepal. Basanta Regmi also had one scalp. Nepal will now head to Namibia where they compete in the ICC World Cricket League Division-II beginning from January 17-24.

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