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ICC World Cricket League Championship : Nepal receives 156 run target



KATHMANDU  — Nepal has received 156 run target against Kenya during the first innings of their second match in the ICC World Cricket League Championship at the Tribhuvan University Stadium on Monday.

After winning toss and elected to field first, Nepal’s good bowling performance saw bundle out Kenya for 155 runs in the match.

Vice-Captain Gyanendra Malla is leading the team today as well as Captain Paras Khadka has not recovered from a surgery yet.

Sharad Vesawkar, who claimed four wickets, showed an outstanding play during the match. He took Irfan Karim’s wicket at 30.4 overs and made a hat-trick as he claimed the last three wickets of the innings.

He took two consecutive wickets of Karan Kaul at 44.4 overs and Shem Ngoche at 44.5 overs and the last wicket of Elijah Otieno at 46.1 overs.

Nepal had suffered a loss against Kenya in their first of the two fifth-round matches held at the TU Stadium on Saturday. Kenya had achieved the double-reduced target of 94 runs in 25 overs at the loss of five wickets.

Nepal are rooted at sixth place in the eight-team standings with six points.

Nepal had suffered the other two defeats with the team during their ICC World Cricket League Division 2 games in Namibia in 2015.

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Putin orders withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria



MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria on Monday morning, saying that after a two year military campaign, Moscow and Damascus had achieved their mission of destroying Islamic State.

Putin made the announcement during a surprise visit to Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Syria’s Latakia Province where he held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and addressed Russian military servicemen.

“I order the defense minister and chief of the general staff to start the withdrawal of Russian troops to the site of their permanent deployment,” Putin stated, speaking in front of Russian military personnel at Khmeimim.

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Mr Putin said that in the space of two years the Russian and Syrian militaries have “defeated the most battle-hardened grouping of international terrorists,” adding that he had made the decision that a significant number of the Russian military contingent in Syria should return to Russia.

Russia first launched air strikes in Syria in September 2015 in its biggest Middle East intervention in decades, turning the tide of the conflict in Assad’s favor while dramatically increasing Moscow’s own influence in the Middle East.

After a short visit to Syria, the Russian president headed for Cairo, where he is scheduled to hold talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.


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