Sharad Vesawkar’s fine form with the bat continued as the new No 3 batsman slammed a century in Nepal’s 147-run crushing victory over Tamil Nadu ‘A’ in a practice match in Chennai, India .
On a day when regular skipper Paras Khadka didn’t take to the field, Sharad made exactly 100 off 119 balls and shared crucial partnerships with Sagar Pun and Dipendra Singh Airee as Nepal amassed a mammoth 311-5 in 50 overs.
In a sorry looking Tamil Nadu scorecard, R Sathyanarayan top scored with 67 runs as the local side was folded for just 164 runs in 45.3 overs.
Sharad was second in Nepal’s tour to strike century following the feat of opener Gyanendra Malla who had scored 100 retired out against Mylapore Recreational Centrehanding the team second of their third consecutive victory in the tour.
After Gyanendra shared 46 runs for the first wicket with Sagar making 31 from 37 balls, it was Sharad who led with the bat. He and Sagar shared a sizzling 147-run second wicket stand guiding Nepal towards a big total.
Sagar was out for 77 from 99 balls, the opening hitting five boundaries and a six. After Sagar’s departure, Dipendra and Sharad got invovled in 56-run stand. Sharad hit 11 boundaries in his innings.
Although Nepal lost Binod Bhandari (seven) cheaply, Dipendra played with aggression and clobbered 73 runs from just 37 balls with eight fours and four sixes. Vignesh Rao took two wickets for Tamil Nadu.
For Nepal, Sandeep Lamichhane took 3-49 from 10 overs, while Sushil Kandel (2-27) and Karan KC (2-19) also had two scalps apiece.