KATHMANDU, Feb 25: Nepali national cricket team suffered defeat in the second practice match of their India tour on Monday. Vijay Dhaiya Academy, Delhi beat Nepal by seven runs in the match reduced to 40 overs per side due to technical reason.
Nepal elected to field first at the Vijay Dhaiya Academy Ground. The home team put up a good batting performance and reached 203/5 in 40 overs.
Vijay Bhardwaj clobbered unbeaten 63 runs off 48 balls while Vivek Rana scored 63 runs off 84 balls. Saurav Kumar remained not out with 39 runs off 35 balls while Ankur Jhulka chipped in with 22 runs off 36 balls.
Sagar Pun claimed two wickets for Nepal. His bowling figure was 4-0-22-2. Basanta Regmi, Amrit Bhattarai and Shakti Gauchan took a wicket each.
Chasing the good total, Nepal was all out for 196 runs in 39.3 overs. Opener Anil Mandal scored 66 runs off 68 balls. He struck 11 boundaries in his anchoring innings. Basanta Regmi scored 23 runs off 30 balls.
Rest of the Nepali batsmen got the score but could not continue the momentum in building innings. Prithu Baskota (14 runs), Sharad Vesawkar (14 runs), Subash Khakurel (13 runs), Sagar Pun (12 runs) and Binod Bhandari (12 runs) were the other contributors.
Saurav Kumar and Satinder Thakran claimed three wickets each for the home team to bowl out Nepal. Pradeep Parasan dismissed two Nepali batsmen while Navin Dhaiya and Naveen Dhaiya took a wicket each.
Nepali team is touring India in its preparation for the upcoming ACC T20 Elite Cup and ICC World Cricket League Division 3.
Nepali team plans to play four 50-over matches and six T20s against local academies and clubs during the tour that ends March 10.
Nepal is to host the ACC T20 Cup from March 26 to April 3 in Kathmandu while Nepal is to visit Bermuda for Division 3 scheduled for April 28 to May 5.