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Sandeep Lamichanne to feature for ICC World XI against Windies

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KATHMANDU — Nepal’s leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane has been selected from ICC World XI to play a special fund raising T-20 match against West Indies in Lord’s Cricket Ground in St John’s Wood in London on May 31, ICC said on Wednesday.

The charity match is ogranised to support redevelop the stadia in the Caribbean, which was damaged due to hurricanes last year.

The fund collected from the match would be donated for the rebuilding of the Jamesh Ronald Webster Park ground in Anguilla and Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica which were damaged by the Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year.

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Sandeep will play along side England’s Eoin Morgan (captain) Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), Mitchell McClenaghan (New Zealand),Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), Dinesh Karthik (India), Hardik Pandya (India), Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan),  Shoiab Malik (Pakistan),  and Luke Ronchi (New Zealand) against the likes of Crhis Gayle, Samuel Badree, Carlos Brathwaite, Evin Lewis, Marlon Samuels and Andre Russell among others.

Sandeep is currently playing for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League and will play in the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 tournament in the summer. Sandeep had made his debut in the IPL from Delhi Daredevils against Royals Challengers Bangalore this week.

He was picked by St Kitts and Nevis Patriots for a fee of USD 5,000 during the CPL auction in London.

Leg spinner Sandeep was spotted by then Nepal coach Sri Lanka born Canadian Pubudu Dassanayake in 2014 at a trial camp in Chitwan district.

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France beats Croatia 4-2 to clinch 2nd World Cup title

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MOSCOW — France has clinched its second FIFA World Cup title after beating Croatia 4-2 in the finals in Moscow on Sunday in the highest-scoring final since 1966.

France led 2-1 at halftime courtesy of the first own-goal and the first video-reviewed penalty in a World Cup final. The own-goal off the top of Mario Mandzukic’s head was the 12th of the tournament.

Argentine referee Nestor Pitana initially didn’t call the handball but awarded the spot kick after a video review – the first time in a World Cup final. Antoine Griezmann converted the penalty to put France back in front.

Croatia rallied to equalize with a terrific left-foot strike by Ivan Perisic; however France took the lead right back when Perisic handled the ball in his own penalty area.

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The match was temporarily disrupted when four pitch invaders ran onto the field in the 52nd minute before being dragged away by security and police.

Punk rock group Pussy Riot quickly claimed responsibility for the pitch invasion via social media, saying it was a protest aimed at ending illegal arrests of protesters and to allow political competition in Russia.

Play resumed and France quickly took a 4-1 lead with goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe in the 59th and 65th minutes.

Croatia was playing in its first World Cup final. For France, it was a first World Cup crown since winning on home soil in 1998.

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