Nepal wraps up India tour with win

Published On: March 2, 2017 06:46 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, March 2: Visiting Nepali national cricket team wrapped up its India tour with 40-run win over Noida Wonders on Thursday at the Gautam Buddha University Ground in Greater Noida, India.  

Nepal is in a week-long tour of India to prepare for its upcoming matches against Kenya to be held on March 11 and 13 at TU ground, Kirtipur. Nepal is scheduled to return home on Friday. 

It was the second win for Nepal after beating Rajwada by 83 runs on Tuesday, two days after facing 47-run defeat at the hand of the same opponent.

On Thursday, electing to bat first, Nepal scored 248/5 in the 50-over format and bowled out local Noida for 208 in 47.2 over. 

Opener Sunil Dhamala shone with the bat for Nepal scoring 78 runs. He hit six fences in his patient knock off 128 balls. Binod Bhandari remained unbeaten on 41 runs off 32 balls. He cracked three boundaries and two sixes. Besides Sunil and Binod, opener Aasif Sheikh (22 runs), Sharad Vesawkar (22 runs), Aarif Sheikh (28 runs), Rajesh Pulami (30 runs) and Dipendra Singh Airee (not out 3 runs) contributed for Nepal. 

Noida's Vikash Mishra pocketed two wickets. 

Nepal's Sompal Kami became the major obstacle in Noida's run chase as he removed openers Ayush Jain (20 runs) and Mohit Kalyan (11 runs). Sompal claimed three wickets in his 7.2-over bowling spell conceding 28 runs. 

Priyam Garg (44 runs), Shivam Sharma (38 runs), Bobby Yadav (not out 26 runs) and Rahul Chopra (22 runs) were the major contributors for Noida. 

Besides Sompal, Shakti Gauchan and Sandeep Lamichhane claimed two wickets each. Shakti conceded 26 runs in his eight-over spell with one maiden over and Sandeep gave away 45 runs in his 10-over bowling. 

Nepal is in India tour without skipper Paras Khadka since he is recuperating after undergoing appendicitis surgery on February 18. He will join the national team training after the team returns home on Friday. 

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