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Sandeep Lamichhane returns home

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KATHMANDU — Nepali leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane has returned back home on Tuesday after playing the Indian Premier League.

Nepali cricket team captain Paras Khadka among others had reached the Tribhuvan International Airport to welcome Lamichhane.

The Nepali young leg-spin sensation was bought by the Delhi Daredevils for the base price of IRs 2,000,000. Sandeep played three matches and took five wickets including a three-wicket-haul against the defending champions Mumbai Indians in Daredevils final clash of the season on Sunday.

The Delhi Daredevils finished at the bottom of the IPL table with 10 points.

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Samdeep was fully satisfied with his performance and over all experience he gained in the IPL. Responding to the questions about his delayed debut which Daredevils handed him only after 11 games, he said, “Two leg-spinners, Amit Mishra and Rahul Tewatia, from domestic quota were already there. I got my opportunity when we started to prepare for the next season. It turned out to be good, and I got more opportunities.”

Sandeep also emphasized the need of all stakeholders to step up as it is high time for improvement in Nepali cricket as it is gaining popularity and recognition worldwide.

He said “It doesn’t depend only on me. For making Nepal a cricket force in world stage, all the stakeholders need to do their bit and take responsibilities. We need to start with setting up a proper domestic cricket structure. Everything depends on how good domestic structure we can come up with. We already have good talents, we need more good players.”

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World Cup: Nigeria beats Iceland 2-0

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MOSCOW — Nigeria has defeated Iceland 2-0 to revive its hopes of advancing into the knockout stages of the World Cup in Russia, as striker Ahmed Musa dramatically marked his return to the team with two fine second-half goals.

After a goalless first half, Musa scored a brace in the second half to take Nigeria to second in the Group D standings, behind already qualified Croatia.

Musa gave the African nation the lead with counter-attacking goal early in the 49th minute and increased the lead with a brilliant solo goal in the 75th minute.

It was a forgettable day for Iceland, and a missed penalty by Gylfi Sigurdsson added more misery for them. The result gave Lionel Messi-led Argentina too as they are very much in contention for the knock-outs now.

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The result left both sides, and struggling Argentina, still in the hunt to go through from Group D along with already-qualified Croatia.

But Argentina and World Cup debutants Iceland have to win their respective games against Nigeria and Croatia next week to have a chance of advancing.

Roared on by thousands of fans from the tiny country, Iceland kept pushing and was awarded a penalty in the 80th minute when referee Matt Conger used the Video Assisted Referee (VAR) system to confirm that striker Alfred Finnbogason had been fouled by Tyronne Ebuehi.

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