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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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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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