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Nepal suffer 55-run defeat to Netherlands in maiden ODI

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KATHMANDU — Nepal suffered a 55-run defeat at the hands of the Netherlands in Amstelveen during their debut ODI outing at Amstelveen ground in Amsterdam on Wednesday.

After winning the toss, the hosts elected to bat first and scored a total of 189 runs in 47.4 overs losing all the wickets.

Nepali batsmen came out all guns blazing, shared an opening stand of 58 runs for the first wicket before Ani Sah was caught behind for 21 runs trying to heave fast bowler Fred Klassen over the point-region.

Though, Nepal made a brilliant start with openers Gyanendra Malla and Anil Kumar Sah scoring a half-century in partnership, other batsmen could not perform well.

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Malla top scored with 51 runs of just 61 balls studded with eight fours while Sah made 21 runs off 32 balls hitting three boundaries. Likewise, skipper Paras Khadka scored 12 runs off 21 balls while other batsmen failed to register double digit score.

Sompal Kami, Aarif Sheikh, Basanta Regmi and Karan KC were all out for a nought.

Batsman Dipendra Singh Airee played a lone hand to reprive the fragile innings with 33 runs in 48 balls with two fours and a six but perished to Fred Klassen caught behind while trying to nudge it down to third man region.

Michael Rippon, Fred Klaassen and Pieter Seelaar took three wickets each to trample Nepal’s innings in just 41.5 overs.

The next match of the serieswill be held on Friday.

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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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