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Sandeep Lamichhane makes IPL debut

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KATHMANDU — Nepal’s young spinner Sandeep Lamichhane made his debut for Delhi Daredevils in the ongoing Indian Premier League on Saturday.

This comes on a day when Indian Prime MInister Narendra Modi praised Sandeep in an event in Nepal. Modi, who began his two-day visit to Nepal on Friday, pitched for ‘more sports’ engagement in future to connect the two countries.

For the first time in IPL’s history, Nepali player Sandeep was taking part in the matach. Coach Ricky Ponting handed debut cap to the only Nepali player in the IPL prior to the match.

Sandeep put on a brilliant performance for Delhi Daredevils claiming a wicket and giving just 25 runs from his four overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore in his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut.

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His team Delhi Daredevils, however, lost the match against Bangalore by 5 wickets.

Sandeep opened the bowling for his side defending the 181 runs total. He claimed the wicket of Parthiv Patel in the fourth ball of his second over trapping him leg before.

Sandeep, 18, had spent previous 11 matches on the bench. With just three wins from 12 matches, his team Delhi lies at the bottom of the table with little chance of making into the play-offs.

Delhi had acquired Sandeep for IRs 2 million during the auction in November.

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SAFF Championship : Nepal crash out after 3-0 defeat against Maldives

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KATHMANDU — Maldives has defeated Nepal 3-0 and entered final of the SAFF Championship held at Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Wednesday.

Maldivian defender Akram Abdul Ghanee scored the first goal against Nepal at the ninth minute utilizing a free-kick allotted for Maldives for the foul committed my Bimal Gharti Magar.

With this win, Maldives have booked their place in the final of the championship for the fifth time.

The game was briefly stopped after 27 minutes on the clock due to thunderstorm. Upon resumption of the game, Nepal boasted a huge possession with the ball but lacked the finishing touch in front of opposition goal.

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Maldives doubled the score with Ibrahim Waheed Hassan’s scored second goal at the 84th minute by shooting the ball from the center of the box.

Then Waheed Hassan scored the third goal against Nepal at the 87th minute capitalizing on the pass given by Abdulla Asadhulla.

The next edition of the SAFF Championship would be held in Pakistan.

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