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Nepal defeats PNG by 6 wickets

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KATHMANDU — Nepal have defeated Papua New Guinea by six wickets in the play-off under the ICC World Cup Qualifiers on Thursday in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Chasing the target of 115 runs set by PNG, Nepal met the target losing four wickets with remaining 162 balls. Nepal reached the target of 115 runs with the contribution of half-century score by Dipendra Singh Airee including one four and three sixes off 58 balls.

Aarif Sheikh hit 26 runs off 42 balls including one four before returning to the pavilion.

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Earlier, after losing the toss, Papua New Guinea (PNG) was sent to bat first and set a 115-run target for Nepal losing all wickets in 27.2 overs in the play-off match.

CJA Amini scored highest 19 runs including one four off 18 balls while J Kila made 15 including two fours off 20 balls while TP Ura got contributed runs.

Sandeep Lamichhane and Deependra Singh Airee picked four wickets each and Sompal Kami and Karan KC took one wicket for Nepal.

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SAFF U-15 women’s championship begins today; India face Sri Lanka in inaugural match

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THIMPU — Six under 15 teams from Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Nepal are participating the second edition of South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) U-15 Women’s championship, Thimphu that is kicking off from Thursday.

India and Sri Lanka are facing each other in an inaugural game at the Changlingmithang stadium. The match is taking place at Thimphu-based Changlimithang Stadium at 4:00 pm local time.

Similarly, Bangladesh and Pakistan under Group B are facing each other in the second game scheduled at 7:00 pm local time today itself.

At the pre press conference held in Thimphu on Wednesday, the coaches and team captains from six countries said that SAFF U-15 Women’s championship 2018 would be the toughest championship.

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Of the six countries, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are taking part in the championship for the first time. Bhutan is hosting the 10-day championship for the first time.

Bangladesh had won the title by defeating India 1-0 in the first edition of the Championship held in Bangladesh.

Nepal’s 32-member women’s football team had left Tuesday for Bhutan to play in the Second U-15 SAFF Championship Women Football.

The team comprises 23 players, three coaches, five officials and one sports journalist. Nepal is placed in Group B of the Championship. Nepal will play against Pakistan on August 11 in the first game and against Bangladesh on August 13.

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