Nepal conclude Sri Lanka tour with defeatNepal succumb to a first loss in four matches of the Sri Lanka tour, going down to Sri Lanka Combined XI by 92 runs.
Nepal bowed out with a defeat after they lost for the first time in Sri Lanka Tour going down against Sri Lanka Combined XI by 92 runs in the 50-over match at the BOI Ground in Biyagama on Friday.
Among the four matches scheduled against local teams in Sri Lanka, Nepal had won three — two against Sri Lanka Navy Club and the other against Sri Lanka Police. Nepal are in Sri Lanka to prepare for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Series of World Cup League Two matches involving the UAE and Papua New Guinea from March 15 to 20.
Batting first, Combined XI posted a moderate total of 232 runs losing all the wickets in 48.2 overs before bowling out Nepal for 140 runs in 35.2 overs.
Though Combined XI made a bright start to their innings putting up a 61 run stand for the opening wicket, they kept losing wickets in regular intervals after the dismissal of opener Dilshan Munaweera. Combined XI's lower middle order batter Anuk Fernando contributed 56 runs, the highest of the innings, in his 69 ball knock. He struck five fences and two sixes before being caught by Asif Sheikh off Sompal Kami.
Opener Sadun Weerakkodi scored 48-ball 49 that included nine fences. He was caught by Kushal Bhurtel off Dipendra Singh Airee. S Kumaraswamy played a quickfire 19-ball 30 before he was caught and bowled by captain Sandeep Lamichhane.
Ramesh Nimantha (18 runs), opener Munaweera and Dilruwan Perera (14 runs each) and Sekkuge Prasanna (12 runs) were the other Combined XI players to contribute in double digit figures.
Nepal's all-rounder Dipendra Singh Airee and Sagar Dhakal grabbed three wickets apiece while Sompal Kami grabbed two wickets. Airee conceded 36 runs in his 10-over spell while Dhakal gave away 21 runs in his nine over bowling including two maiden overs. Kami conceded 55 runs in his nine-over bowling.
Nepal made a poor start to their run chase and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Former captain Gyanendra Malla contributed 46 runs, the highest of the innings, and opener Kushal Bhurtel scored 32 runs.
Malla, coming to bat at number three, hit five fences and a six in his 62-ball knock before being dismissed in the 25th over. Bhurtel scored five boundaries in his 48-ball innings before being sent to pavilion in the 16th over.
Rohit Kumar Paudel (21 runs) and Aarif Sheikh (13 runs) were the only other batters from Nepal to contribute in double digit figures.
Combined XI bowler S Dakshina grabbed three wickets while Munaweera claimed two. Dakshina conceded 20 runs in his 5.2 overs spell and Munaweera gave away 17 runs in his five over bowling.
Nepal will leave for the UAE on Monday.