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Ronaldo wins best FIFA player award

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LONDON — Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten Lionel Messi for the second year running at the Best FIFA Football Awards on Monday.

The Real Madrid’s Portugal striker was named as the Fifa best male player for a second year at FIFA’s The Best awards gala on Monday in London. Ronaldo had also won the prestigious gong last year and has retained the prize at a gala ceremony in London.

Ronaldo beat rival Barcelona and Argentinean Lionel Messi to the award. PSG’s Neymar came third. Ronaldo, who guided Madrid to LaLiga and Champions League double in 2016-17 season, received 43 percent of the total votes.

Messi was second with 19 percent votes while Neymar received 7 percent.

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Likewise, Netherlands Lieke Martens won the best female player while Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane was named best men’s coach and Netherlands’ Sarina Wiegman the best female coach.

French and Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud received the Puskas award for the best goal of 2017 for his scorpion kick goal against Crystal Palace in the premier league and Italy’s World Cup winner Gianluigi Buffon became the first winner of the best goalkeeper award.

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Nepal defeats Thailand in opening match

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KATHMANDU — Nepal defeated Thailand by 134 runs in the Group A opening match of the ACC U-16 Eastern Region Tournament at the Terdthai Cricket Ground in Bangkok on Monday.

Nepal won the toss and scored a total of 179 runs in the allotted 50 overs in the Group A match played at Terdthai Cricket Ground, Bangkok.

In reply, Thailand was bowled out for paltry 46 runs in 19.3 overs after Nepal’s Narayan Joshi claimed five wickets.

Joshi gave Nepal an early breakthrough when he bowled Thiraphat Konthong for a duck in second over and claimed two scalps in the fourth over dismissing skipper Kongkidakon Rueangrotchanchai and Phiriyapong Shanchuai in the first and fourth balls respectively.

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Similarly, Chiraphong Liangwichian was run out in the fifth over as Thailand were reduced to 4-4 before Joshi bowled Patiphan Satphanit (two) in the eighth over.

Joshi then Kittiphat Daorueang (3) caught by Ajay Kumar Loniya in the 10th over to complete his five-wicket haul as Thailand lost first six wickets with just 21 runs on the board.

Thailand were then reduced to 23-9 after Surya Tamang claimed two wickets and Nikhil Kumar Singh claimed one.

Nepal made a positive start to the innings with its opening duo Kushal Malla and Rajan Magar creating a 33-run partnership for the first wicket. Malla made 13-ball eight whereas Magar scored 17 runs facing 18 balls.

But, Nepal came under pressure after losing the third and fourth number batsmen Bishal Bikram KC (5) and Rit Gautam (16).

Trith Raj Das, who came to bat at fifth number, rescued the innings smashing 57-ball 39. He was supported by middle-order batsman Sunil Bhandari who made 23 runs in 33 deliveries. Das built a 36-run partnership with Bhandari for the fifth wicket.

Similarly, Pratis GC contributed 12 runs while Nikhil Kumar Singh made six runs. Kokiad Chatwong was pick of the Thai bowling as he bagged three wickets.  Kongkidakon Rueangrotchanchai and Chiraphong Liangwichian added two wickets each.

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Thiraphat Konthong and Sarawut Maliwan claimed one wicket each for Thailand.

Host Thailand’s batting owe continued with Kongkidakon Rueangrotchanchai becoming fourth batsman to be dismissed for a duck as he was run out after just three ball.

Kokiad Chatwong was the top scorer for Thai team with 11 runs. He was also the only batsman to touch double-digit figure for the host.

Surya Tamang claimed two wickets for Nepal while Nikhil Kumar Singh and Bishal Bikram KC added one wicket each.

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