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ACC Emerging Teams Cup : Nepal lose to Bangladesh by 83 runs

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KATHMANDU —  Nepal has lost their second consecutive match in the Asian Cricket Council Emerging Teams Cup against the hosts Bangladesh by 83 runs on Tuesday.

In the Group B match played at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladeshi U-23 team restricted Nepal to 172 runs in 42.3 overs.

Chasing the 158 run target Nepal had a bad start as it lost Skipper Gyanendra Malla without scoring any runs while the other opener Sunil Dhamala also got out just scoring a single run.

However, Dilip Nath and Dipendra Singh Airee put up a good show in batting as Nath scored 41 runs off 62 balls and Airee garnered 56 runs off 85 balls.

Skipper Gyanendra Malla was forced to return to the pavilion at naught after Nazmul Hossain Shanto caught him on Mohammad Saifuddin’s delivery.

Aasif Sheikh added 12 and Mahaboob Alam 10 to the team’s score, while other players could not reach double figures. They were quickly followed by Asif Sheikh.

However, Dipendra Singh Airee and Dilip Nath lifted up the Nepali innings and put up a 98-run fourth wicket partnership. Airee scored 56 runs off 85 balls and Nath put up 41 off 62 deliveries before being bowled by Rahatul Ferdous Javed.

Pakistan U-23 team had defeated Nepal by six wickets on Sunday in the first match.

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PM Oli felicitates cricketers

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has feted the members of the national cricket team 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division II on Friday.

The Nepal stood the first runner up in the cricket tournament that recently took place in Namibia.

PM KP Sharma Oli feted the players and provided Rs 300,000 to each cricketer at a programme organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports at the PM’s official residence in Baluwatar.

While honouring the players, Prime Minister Oli committed to developing cricket in the country adding that such felicitation will motivate the players. He further opined for strengthening the foreign relations through such sports.

PM Oli also committed to leading the nation on the way to prosperity as the country now has got a stable government. The team is leaving for Zimbabwe Saturday night.

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Meanwhile, Madan Bhandarai Sports Academy also provided Rs 100,000 in cash to each player. The academy Chair Binod Shrestha opined for developing Cricket Development Board for the holistic development of cricket.

During the programme, Secretary of the Youth and Sports Ministry Mahesh Prasad Dahal shared that the ministry was working out to develop the sports tourism in the country.

Nepal’s team captain Paras Khadka said that his team will make the best performance in the league. On the occasion, the players expressed their best wishes to PM Oli on his birthday.

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