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ICC WCLD II : Nepal suffer 6-wicket defeat to Oman

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KATHMANDU — Nepal suffered a six-wicket defeat to Oman in their second match in the ICC World Cricket League 2 held at Windhoek in Namibia on Friday.

Nepal was invited for batting first after losing the toss and made just 138 runs losing all the wickets in 46 overs in the match played in Windhoek. In reply, Oman reached to 139/4 in 35.1 overs.

Oman’s player Aqib Ilyas made highest 46 runs studded with five runs in 53 balls while VS Wategaonkar took 37 runs including one six in 71 balls and Jatinder Singh contributed 24 runs including three fours in 40 balls.

Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane took two wickets of Oman giving away 29 runs in 10 overs, Basant Regmi and Sompal Kami claimed one wicket each.

Earlier, Nepal failed to make a positive start to the innings as opening duo Gyanendra Malla and Dilip Nath were dismissed for 7 and 19 runs respectively.

Aarif Sheikh who came to bat at third number was sent to pavilion for just six runs where as Captain Paras Khadka contributed 17 runs facing 78 deliveries. Likewise, Rohit Kumar Paudel and unbeaten Sompal Kami contributed 14 and 17 runs respectively.

Sarad Vesawkar top-scored with 22 runs including two fours off 39 balls in 22 overs, Dipendra Singh Airee made 20 runs including three fours off 32 balls before being bowled out by Khawar Ali while Dilip Nath contributed 19 runs with three fours off 49 balls.

Oman’s player Kaleemullah claimed highest four wickets giving away 28 runs in 10 overs, piling pressure on Nepali side.

Similarly, Bilal Khan grabbed two wickets at the cost of 13 runs in nine overs while JA Odedra, Khawar Ali and Fiaz Bhutt made 1 wicket each.

Nepal, Oman, Namibia, Canada, UAE and Kenya – are participating in the Division Two league since Thursday.

The top two teams will qualify for the ICC World Cup Qualifiers to be held in Zimbabwe from March 4 to 25.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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