KATHMANDU, Feb 27: Nepali national cricket team lost to Telefunkin Cricket Club, Delhi by seven wickets in its third practice match on Wednesday.
The Nepali team, which is touring India as part of preparations for the upcoming ACC T20 Elite Cup and ICC World Cricket League Division 3, had won its first match against DI Khan Coaching Center on Sunday but lost to Vijay Dahiya Academy on Monday.
On Wednesday, Telefunkin invited Nepal to bat first and restricted the visitors to 217/9 in 45 overs. In the match reduced to 45 overs per side due to technical problems, Telefunkin then reached the target in 36.3 overs losing only three wickets.
Sharad Vesawkar topscored for the Nepali side with 58 runs off 65 balls. In his anchoring innings, Vesawkar struck two fours and three sixes. Skipper Paras Khadka clobbered 57 runs off 44 balls with seven fours and a six. Gyanendra Malla and opener Subash Khakurel chipped in with 27 runs each. Malla faced 33 balls and struck five fours while Khakurel was made to work hard for his 27 runs as he faced 65 balls and struck only two fours.
Gourav Kochar dismissed four Nepali batsmen while Pradeep Singh, Bharat Sindwani, Mayank Dagar, Nitesh Kumar and Ankit Dabas claimed a wicket each for the home team.
Chasing a 218-run target, Deepak Khatri scored an unbeaten 82 runs off 78 balls to guide the home team to an easy victory. Ankit Dabas clobbered 65 runs off 45 balls while Nirbhay Godlaw remained not out on 48 runs off 67 balls. Gaurav Kochar added 19 runs off 27 balls.
Sanjam Regmi, Rahul Vishwakarma and Ram Naresh Giri claimed a wicket each for Nepal.
The Nepali team plans to play four 50-over matches and six T20s against local academies and clubs during the tour that ends on March 10.
Nepal is to host the ACC T20 Cup from March 26 to April 3 in Kathmandu. After the tournament, Nepal will fly to Bermuda for the Division 3 tournament scheduled for April 28 to May 5.