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    Nepal lose the first practice match against DDCA

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    Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has stunned Nepal in the first practice match at Delhi. The home side were victorious by two wickets in a thrilling encounter.

    Chasing a massive total of 304 runs, Yash Vardhan’s late blitz helped DDCA chase the total with three balls spare. Once at 144/2, DDCA were suddenly down to 164/5 in 33rd over. Sail Malhotra and Vaibah Sharma scored 53 and 44 runs, respectively. Requiring 82 runs from the last eight overs, every batter’s little cameo helped the home side clinch the victory. Yash Vardhan smacked 24-balls 42 whereas Shivam Sharma assisted 31 runs from 23 balls. Manish Sherawat also hammered 13 runs from just five balls.

    Kushal Bhurtel was the pick of a bowler for Nepal grabbing three wickets. Nandan Yadav grabbed two while Sompal Kami, Lalit Rajbansi and Harishankar Sah grabbed one wicket each.

    Earlier, Nepal posted a massive total despite an awful start. Rohit Paudel and Dipendra Singh Airee’s century inspired Nepal to post 303 runs.

    Opting to bat first, Nepal were 2/3 after losing Aasif Sheikh, Arjun Saud and Gyanendra Malla for a duck. Harishankar Sah and Kushal Bhurtel then departed for 25 and 21 runs, respectively, as half of the Nepali team were back to the pavilion for 124.

    Rohit Paudel and Dipendra Singh Airee then shared a century stand for the sixth wicket. Paudel scored 113 from 135 balls with 11 fours and one six. Airee on the other hand, hammered 109 from just 62 balls, smacking eight fours and six biggies. Aarif Sheikh also assisted 10-ball 18 at the end.

    Prince Yadav picked up three wickets for DDCA. Manish Sherawat also pocketed a couple of wickets.

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