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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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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

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Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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